- The FTSE 100 drifted a few points lower to 7,428 as investors remained relatively calm following the nuclear test by North Korea over the weekend.

Gold gained 0.8% to to $1,335 per ounce, which helped to boost shares in miners Fresnillo (FRES) and Randgold Resources (RRS) by 2% each.

Brent crude oil dipped 0.8% to $52.33 per barrel, while copper climbed 1% to $6,900 per tonne.

Fellow gold miner Acacia Mining (ACA) was one of the biggest fallers on the FTSE 350 after the miner decided to reduce operational activity and expenditure at Bulyanhulu to preserve the viability of the business over the longer term. The company said it was struggling after the Tanzanian government implemented a gold/copper concentrate export ban.

Shares in Acacia slumped 9% to 188.4p.


Software product firm Micro Focus (MCRO) nudged 1.4% lower to £22.31 ahead of news of the completion og its merger with HPE Software at today's AGM.


Chemicals business Victrex (VCT) shot up 7.6% to £22 on a lower tax rate that will have a favourable impact on earnings per share and cash, although no cash benefit will occur this financial year. The company said its tax rate would be lowered from 21% to 12% thanks to the Patent Box tax break in the UK due to its substantial investment in research and development.

Wizz Air (WIZZ) revealed encouraging figures after its passenger numbers jumped from 2,320,990 in August 2016 to 2,887,770 in August 2017. The load factor also increased from 93% to 95.4% over the same period, but this failed to spark the stock at £29.21.


Workwear cleaning company Johnson Service (JSG) failed to impress the market with a 30.3% jump in pre-tax profit to £12.9m and 12.5% hike in the dividend in the first half of 2017. Shares in Johnson were flat at 139.8p.

Sunrise Resources (SRES) rallied 36.7% to 0.2p after confirming commercial qualities for perlite and pozzolan from its trenching and drill programmes at the CS Pozzolan-Perlite project in Nevada, US.

Nearly a third of Blancco Technology's (BLTG) value was wiped off on a profit warning. The data security firm also announced the departure of chief executive Pat Clawson with immediate effect.

Oil firm 88 Energy (88E) failed to report decisive results on flow testing from its Icewine-2 well, triggering a 17.3% decline in the shares to 2p.

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