- The FTSE 100 managed a Monday rise as miners gained with the prices of metals, while oil majors firmed alongside the prices of crude.

At the close, the FTSE 100 was up 18.98 points, or 0.26%, at 7454.37. During the session the FTSE 100 hit an all-time high of about 7460. The FTSE 250 ended down 11.96 points, 0.06%, to 19,751.00.

Wall St was firmer, as was much of Europe. Sterling was ahead on the dollar, but down on the euro.

Anglo American (AAL) was up 3.19% to 1074.25p, while Glencore (GLEN) added 3.13% to 293.93p, and BHP Billiton (BLT) improved 2.51% to 1193.25p.

The sector was helped by gold, silver and copper prices rising, and the $900bn Silk Road investment plan by China.

Oil giants BP (BP.), up 0.87% to 463.98p, and Shell (RDSA), up 0.64% to 2158.75p, firmed on widespread optimism of Opec extending its production curbs to March 1918.

Risers and fallers were roughly evenly split.

TUI AG (TUI) led to the downside with a 4.41% slip to 1137.5p. It turned in a narrower H1 loss of €308.6m, from a restated loss of €394.9m. Turnover hit €6.38bn, from a restated €6.18bn.

Vodafone (VOD), up 0.06% to 211.18p, said subsidiary Vodafone International Holdings BV has agreed to transfer part of its indirect shareholding in Safaricom Ltd to Vodacom Group Ltd, its sub-Saharan African subsidiary.


Medilink-Global UK (MEDI) fell 30% to 0.88p as directors confirmed the company should proceed with cancelling its shares on AIM.

Galileo Resources (GLR) rose 28.07% to 9.12p on announcing it has now completed its initial drilling programme on its Concordia project in the northwest of Northern Cape Province of South Africa.

ECO Animal Health (EAH), up 13.43% to 570p, reported it would be likely to exceed market expectations for revenue and significantly beat anticipated pretax profit in the year to 31 March 2017.

San Leon Energy (SLE), down 11.23% to 40.5p, said the second payment due to Avobone has not yet been made. The company was in discussions with Avobone regarding this payment, and would update the market in due course.

Bilby (BILB), up 10% to 66p, said that a number of existing clients broadened the scope of work to be undertaken by Bilby companies in advance of its year end.

Redx Pharma (REDX), up 8.69% to 32.88p, said pre-clinical efficacy data in mouse-models for development candidate RXC005, a reversible BTK inhibitor, has been presented at the 17th International Workshop of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (iwCLL).

888 (888), down 6.08% to 279.88p, said it had been informed the UK's Gambling Commission (UKGC) was conducting a review of the manner in which a subsidiary of the company carried on its licensed activities.

Dignity (DTY), up 2.71% to 2598/.5p, said Q1 underlying operating profit jumped to £37.4m, up from £31.1m a year ago. Fusionex (FXI), up 4.76% to 143p, signed another million dollar, multi-year contract for its soon-to-be launched GIANT 2017 big data platform.

Other stocks in the news include Caledonia Mining (CMCL), Haydale (HAYD), Lonmin (LMI), Diploma (DPLM), Helical (HLCL), Staffline (STAF), Solid State (SOLI), Midwich (MIDW), Victrex (VCT), 21st Century Technology (C21), NEX (NXG), Epiris (ELTA), Depa (DEPS) and Avesoro (ASO). Story provided by