StockMarketWire.com - Mixed global corporate news, speculation of a slowdown in Chinese stimulus and a retreat for resources stocks helped put the FTSE 100 under some pressure after it hit six-and-a-half month highs yesterday.

By midday the index of leading UK shares was down 0.4% with US futures pointing to a modest retreat from the record highs seen last night on Wall Street.

LARGE AND MID CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Anglo American and BP led the mining and energy sectors lower, with falls of 2.3% and 1.4%, respectively.

Copper play Antofagasta shed a slightly more respectable 1.1%, as it boosted its output by 23% in the first quarter.

Associated British Foods gained 1.7% after another knockout profit performance by budget fashion retailer Primark offset weakness in the conglomerate's sugar and bakery units.

Online clothing retailer Bohoo firmed 5.7% after it reported a 49% jump in annual profit that beat market expectations.

Financial services group Aviva shed 0.6% on announcing that Andy Briggs had stood down as the head of its UK insurance unit.

Gold miner Centamin advanced 10.3% after it maintained its full-year output guidance, despite sales slipping in the first quarter.

Sub-prime lender Amigo Loans was up 1.4% despite revealing chief executive Glen Crawford is to step down to undertake medical treatment.

SMALL CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Car testing firm AB Dynamics motored 7% higher as it reported a 95% increase in first half pre-tax profit.

IT services and cloud hosting provider SysGroup rose 3% after it guided for healthy rises in both annual revenue and operating earnings.

Shield Therapeutics added 2.3% as Swiss regulators extended the approved indication for its iron deficiency treatment, to now include treatment of all adults with iron deficiency with or without anaemia.


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