- It was a disappointing start to the week for the FTSE 100 as weakness in miners, insurers and oil majors held the blue-chip index back.

One of the noticeable fallers was cigarette seller British American Tobacco (BATS), which drifted 1.1% lower to £38.18.

The FTSE 100 dipped 8.4 points to 7,716 around 9am.

Brent crude oil slipped 0.6% to $76.61 per barrel.


British Gas owner Centrica (CNA) reported colder than normal weather boosted energy demand and call-out costs, which is expected to hit half year adjusted operating profit. Shares in Centrica advanced 1.2% to 149p.

Technical products provider Diploma (DPLM) was unmoved at £12.41 despite hiking its interim dividend by 10% after first-half pre-tax profit rose 8% amid strong global trading.

Polymer solutions specialist Victrex (VCT) fell 5.2% to £25.86 as investors focused on a warning that currency movements will be less beneficial in its second half and potentially in 2019.

Indivior (INDV) said its US subsidiary Indivior, alongside Aquestive Therapeutics, entered a settlement deal with Par Pharmaceutical and IntelGenx Technologies, over a patent dispute related to its drug Suboxone. Shares in Indivior dipped 0.1% to 460.5p.

Funeral services provider Dignity (DTY) gained 3.9% to £12.64 after announcing it expects full year results will beat market expectations. The company said sales increased 2% in the first quarter of the year, helped by a higher death rate and better-than-expected take-up of premium services.


Uvenco (UVEN) fell 12% to 2.2p following discussions with a third party that may lead to the sale of trading subsidiaries, Uvenco and Snack in the Box. Investors were disappointed that they were likely to be sold at a decent price due to high debt levels.

Outsourced services firm Servoca (SVCA) crashed 39.4% to 10.6p on a proposed delisting from AIM as the directors questioned whether a listing is 'in the best interests' of the company.

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