- The FTSE 100 index closed marginally lower on Monday in a subdued start to the trading week.

However, shares in UK listed gambling firms moved materially higher this afternoon after a ruling by the US Supreme Court opened up the possibility of legalised sports betting across the US.

William Hill (WMH) climbed 8.4% to 306.6p and Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) was up 9.4% to £77.75.


The S&P 500 gained 0.4% to 2,738.41 early on amid signs of easing trade tensions between the US and China.


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 1.3% to 149p.

Technical products provider Diploma (DPLM) was broadly unmoved at £12.48 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 2.9% to £26.48 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 0.8% to 457.6p.

Funeral services provider Dignity (DTY) gained 2.4% to £12.45 after announcing it expects full year results to 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) was the biggest faller, plummeting 41% to 1.48p, 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 modest price due to high debt levels.

Outsourced services firm Servoca (SVCA) crashed 21.9% to 13.66p on a proposed delisting from AIM as the directors questioned whether a listing is 'in the best interests' of the company.

Shares went in the opposite director at natural fertiliser producer Harvest Minerals (HMI), up 24% at 21p, after it was informed by the Ministry of Agriculture in Brazil it conditionally approved its application to register KPftertil as a remineraliser.

Software company Cerillion (CER) slumped 7.7% to 132p following no profit in adjusted pre-tax growth in the six months to 31 March.

Chemicals business Hardide (HDD) revealed first half sales jumped 43% to £2.16m and operating losses more than halved from £0.69m to £0.32m. The stock pared early gains to trade 0.3% lower at 1.82p.

Baby retailer Mothercare (MTC) reported it is finalising a restructuring and refinancing package to put the business on a stable and sustainable financial footing. Its shares lost 2.9% to 19.4p.

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