- The FTSE 100 was broadly flat on Thursday morning, edging up just 5.77 points to 7,050.51 ahead of the long Easter weekend.

RPC Group (RPC) said it expects revenue for the full year to have grown significantly versus last year, driven by organic growth and aided by acquisitions, polymer price and foreign exchange tailwinds. But the shares slipped 1% to 793p.

Moneysupermarket's (MONY) announcement that it has agreed to acquire Decision Technologies, a home communications and mobile phone comparison business, for £40m failed to win over investors, with the stock falling 2.4% to 284.85p.

CMC Markets (CMCX) gained 1.2% to 161.1p after saying it expects net operating income for the second half to be moderately above the first half and significantly above the prior year.

IP Group (IPO) said its portfolio increased to £1,130.6m in the year to the end of December, up from £614m a year ago, largely supported by net portfolio gains of £94.2m, net investment of £64.6m and the acquisition of Touchstone Innovations plc's portfolio of £352.2m.This boosted the share price by 2.8% to 108.5p.

Meanwhile, 3i Infrastructure (3IN) gained 1.2% to 212.45p after it said its portfolio generated income of £43m in the period from Oct 1 to March 28, and announced plans to return £425m to shareholders.

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