- UK stocks opened marginally higher on Thursday despite concerns about tomorrow's deadline for US tariffs against China.

At 0904, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 25.94 points, or 0.3%, at 7,599.03.

EasyJet saw a marginal rise, climbing 0.43% as the low-cost airline said it carried 7,901,285 passengers in June, a 2.3% rise from a year ago.

Meanwhile, Associated British Foods fell 4.3% after the firm left its full-year outlook on performance unchanged as profits at retailer Primark were expected to top previous expectations while AB Sugar profits would fall short.

Miner and commodities trader Glencore added 3.9% following its announcement that it had launched its share buyback programme of up to $1bn.

Dixons gained 0.77% as the company said Jonny Mason would take up the role of Group Chief Financial Officer.

Hybrid estate agency Purplebricks fell 2.8% as it reported Group adjusted operating losses of £21.3m despite strong revenue growth in the UK and Australia.

Home builder Bovis Homes edged 0.7% higher after it said it expected to deliver a 'significant' step up in profitability for the half year as first-half completions were slightly ahead compared to the same period a year ago.

Oil and gas exploration and production firm Rockhopper Exploration fell 1.56% as it appointed Standard Chartered Bank as pathfinder bank for its Sea Lion project and provided drilling updates.

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