- The FTSE 100 received a boost from a rally in the resources sector as commodities rose, leaving the blue-chip index trading 0.8% higher at 7,727 around midday.

Brent crude oil gained 1.1% to $74.56 per barrel as prices for platinum, iron and gold also firmed.

Glencore jumped 3.2% to 324p and BHP Billiton strengthened 3.3% to £17.42.

Anglo American followed with a 3.6% rise to £17.38.


Pizza delivery chain Domino's fell 9.6% to 287.4p following slower like-for-like sales growth, sluggish international growth and a cautious outlook in the UK, which accounts for the majority of its sales.

Investors focused on Standard Life Aberdeen's commitment to return up to £1.75bn to shareholders instead of a 37% drop in profits due to outflows from its funds as the shares rose 3.6% to 317.6p.

The impact of Brexit loomed over Hargreaves Lansdown, down 3.5% at £20.43. The wealth manager reported business inflows hit a record high, but revealed it was worried about the impact of Brexit on investor confidence.

Inspection specialist and product tester Intertek said sales fell 1.8% in the first half of its financial year, causing the stock to reverse 6.2% to £55.04.

Industrial flow control equipment firm Rotork dropped 3.4% to 342.8p. The market may have been pricing in better results than the double-digit growth in orders and rising sales and pre-tax profit it delivered.


Global tech recruiter Harvey Nash received a takeover offer from The Power of Talent, owned by investment funds managed by DBAY Advisors. Shares in Harvey Nash rallied 16.6% to 130p.

Energy company Kibo Energy completed the second phase of its school support project, prompting a 9.6% jump in the share price to 4.8p.

Carclo plummeted 21% to 92.9p after Consort Medical announced it will not make a takeover offer the business.

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