- A weak open on Wall Street helped keep a lid on the FTSE 100 this afternoon as the index closed down a handful of points just above 7,300.

A continuing rally in the mining sector failed to lift the FTSE 100, which was weighed down by a slump in financials.

The most noticeable fallers included Barclays (BARC), down 1.3% at 193.1p and St James's Place (STJ), which fell 1.5% to £11.71.

In other news games developer Frontier Developments (FDEV) gains 15% to 844.8p as it announces its third franchise will be a tie-in with the hugely popular Jurassic Park film franchise.


Drug maker Shire (SHP) fell 3.9% to £36.17 as it announced the departure of chief financial officer Jeff Poulton at the end of this year.


Energy services business Wood Group (WG.) won a five-year, multimillion dollar contract from Phillips 66. Wood Group said it would provide supplemental maintenance services and support for capital construction projects and turnarounds to the Sweeny Refinery, but this failed to spark the share price at 574.5p.

Rathbone Brothers (RAT) was down 0.3% to £27.69 following confirmation that it is currently in exclusive discussions with Smith & Williamson Group about a possible merger.


Newspaper publisher Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT) nudged 0.2% higher to 621.5p on media reports that is considering selling its free Metro paper.

Banknote authentication tech provider Spectra Systems (SPSY) was one of the winners among the small caps, soaring 20% higher to 90.5p. The company reported strong trading and expects to significantly exceed market expectations in the year to 31 December 2017.

Creo Medical (CREO) fell 1.9% to 86p after getting 510k clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for its Speedboat RS2 device and the CROMA platform.

Gfinity (GFIN) was appointed as an e-sports partner for Formula 1 to deliver the Formula 1 E-Sports series in September, helping the stock gain 6.2% to 22.3p.

In the mining sector, Sula Iron & Gold (SULA) shed 11.6% to 0.13p following a £0.9m shares placing to keep exploration going in Sierra Leone through next year.