- The FTSE 100 remained in the red after US President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on all imports for China.

The blue-chip index was 5.1 points lower at 7,678.

Miners were among the weakest performers with Glencore down 1.6% at 311.6p and Anglo American lost 1.4% at £15.99.

Brent crude oil rose 0.4% to $73 per barrel and copper climbed 1.9% to $2.74 per pound.

European equities endured a bigger struggle with the DAX in Germany falling 0.9% to 12,573.

On Wall Street, investor sentiment was resilient with the S&P 500 adding 4.7 points around 5pm UK time.


Lloyd's of London insurer Beazley said pre-tax profit fell by 64% to $57.5m in the first half of 2018, causing the shares to fall 1.5% to 549p.

Fertiliser development specialist Sirius Minerals sealed two offtake deals for its potash mine in Yorkshire, which could help encourage potential financiers to lend money to help build its mine. The stock strengthened 1% to 33.7p.

Shares in computer games services provider Keywords Studios added 1.1% to £18.08 on the acquisition of Canada-based video game developer Snowed In Studios for $4m.


Symphony Environmental Technologies responded to a report on plastics by the BBC on Thursday, claiming it did not fairly present the scientific benefits of oxo-biodegradable tech. Shares in Symphony sunk 27.7% to 15p.

Biopharma firm PureTech Health got a 2.9% shot to 140p after entering a multi-year collaboration with Roche to advance its milk-derived exosome platform tech for the oral delivery of the latter's platform.

Audio visual equipment supplier Midwich revealed its full year results were likely to beat forecasts thanks to a strong sales momentum, prompting investors to mark the shares 3.4% higher to 684.8p.

Budget hotel operator EasyHotel acquired a freehold site in Dublin for €9m, but costs to support its expansion across Europe were anticipated to reduce earnings by £750,000 in the next two years. The stock was broadly unmoved at 116p.

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