StockMarketWire.com - The FTSE 100 was stable at 6,922 despite UK construction data revealing a bigger decline than expected.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil was stable at $43.5, while Brent crude oil nudged lower to $45.97 per barrel, respectively.

Gold slumped 0.6% at $1,334.5 per ounce.

MAIN NEWS OF THE DAY

Frankie & Benny's owner Restaurant Group (RTN) fattened 12.9% to 425.6p following the appointment of ex-Paddy Power boss Andy McCue to help turn the struggling business around.

UK construction output fell more than expected and declined by 2.2% in June, following a 1.6% slide in May.

MID CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Cineworld (CINE) advanced 3.2% to 603.7p after completing the £94 million acquisition of five Empire cinemas.

Animal breeding specialist Genus (GNS) traded 10% lower at £17.42 after a US court ruled that the company infringed a patent involving cattle semen processing technology.

SMALL CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

The market was pleased with the latest results from ventilation products supplier Volution (FAN) as sales improved by nearly a fifth as a result of acquisitions over the period.

Casualty insurer FBD (FBH) reported that pre-tax losses fell to €3.7 million due to the business setting more of its reserves aside to cover potentially losses, gaining 9.1% to 6.5p.


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