- The FTSE 100 slipped 0.9% to 7,214.37 on Thursday morning after the suggestion of further US rate hikes led to market weakness in the US and Asia overnight. (MONY) plunged 20% to 263.7p after its 6% pre-tax profit increase was overshadowed by news that growth will be lower in 2018 because of plans to extend and personalise price comparison.

Playtech (PTEC) tumbled 10% to 699.7p after issues with its Sun Bingo contract dampened EBITDA growth in 2017. Revenue rose by 18% to €807.1m.

Barclays (BARC) gained 5.5% to 213.3p on a 10% rise in reported pre-tax profits to £3.5bn for 2017, driven by a 5% fall in operating costs to £15.5bn.

Morgan Sindall (MGNS) pleased investors with a 29% increase in the total dividend for 2017, following a 46% rise in pre-tax profit and 9% increase in revenues. The shares added 0.9% to 1,245p.

BAE Systems (BA.) reported underlying earnings per share of 43.5 pence, up from 40.3p a year ago, with sales increasing to £19.6bn in 2017 from £19bn the previous year. The shares slipped 1.6% to 591.8p.

Serco's (SRP) reported revenue fell by 2% to £2,953.6m in 2017, comprising a 6% organic decline from net contract attrition, partially offset by a 4% currency benefit. Underlying trading profit fell from £82.1m to £69.8m but was at the top end of Serco's guidance given at the start of the year, boosting the share price by 4.4% to 95p.

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