StockMarketWire.com - The FTSE 100 dipped 2.32 points to 7,522.9 on Thursday morning in a quiet day on the global markets ahead of Christmas.

Balfour Beatty (BBY) added 2.72% to 289.35p after it raised its pre-tax profit forecast after agreeing to sell a 12.5% stake in Connect Plus, the company which operates the M25 orbital motorway.

Connect Group (CNCT) added 0.23% to 109.5p on news it has agreed to sell its books division to Aurelius Equity Opportunities SE & Co for £11.6m in cash.

Corero Network Security (CNS) tumbled 8.93% to 6.38p after warning full year revenues will be hit by delays in customer implementation schedules.

Trading Emissions (TRE) said it has released €1 million from the escrow account to the company's subsidiary TEP (Solar Holdings) Limited, boosting the share price by 3.43% to 1.81p.

Connemara (CON) said key objectives had been achieved at its 100% owned Mine River gold project in Wicklow/Wexford, but the share price dipped 0.58% to 4.28p.

Nu-Oil and Gas (NUOG) made a loss before tax of £1.67 million in the year to 30 June, compared with a loss of £816,000 the year before, sending the shares down 2.68% to 0.73p.

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