StockMarketWire.com - Positive investor sentiment in the mining sector boosted the FTSE 100, which rose 0.2% to 7,156 around midday.

Antofagasta (ANTO) topped the blue-chip winners, up 1.9% at 978.2p. The miner was chased higher by Anglo American (AAL) and Glencore (GLEN), up by over 1.4%.

Brent crude oil was stable at $65.15 per barrel.

OVERSEAS MARKETS

Markets were lower in the US and Asia, with the exception of the Dow Jones, which closed 0.5% higher at 24,873 overnight.

MID AND LARGE CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Housebuilder Berkeley (BKG) disappointed the market after revealing constraints on future growth as it says it cannot boost volumes beyond its current target. Investors marked the shares 4% lower to £37.64.

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) unveiled higher profitability and earnings in the first half of its financial year, but the stock fell 2.5% to £12.62 on expected lower sales and higher costs in the second half.

Facilities management business Mitie (MTO) warned cash generation will be hit by higher costs of change and less reliance on invoice discounting, causing the shares to slide 2.6% to 157p.

Electronic trading platform NEX (NEX) soared 29.4% to 868p after confirming that US-based CME has approached it regarding a takeover.

Insurance firm Old Mutual (OML) declined 1.3% to 249.6p after agreeing to sell its Latin American division to focus on opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Aerospace and defence business Cobham (COB) completed its $455m sales of the AvComm and Wireless test and measurement solutions business to Viavi Solutions. Its shares dipped 1.6% to 128.5p.

SMALL CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Real estate investor Clear Leisure (CLP) dropped 20.3% to 0.74p after raising £300,000 at a discounted 0.7p.


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