StockMarketWire.com - The FTSE 100 reversed amid falling miners and utilities, leaving the index trading 0.1% lower at 7,563.

Severn Trent was down 1.2% at £19.62. In the mining sector, Anglo American was the biggest faller, declining 2.6% to £15.36 and Fresnillo shed 2.4% to 924.2p.

US equities slipped on President Donald Trump addressing the possibility of impeachment on the back of legal issues surrounding two former advisers.

The Dow Jones suffered the biggest hit, down 0.4% at 25,634 at around 4:45pm UK time.

Brent crude oil slid 0.2% to $74.60 per barrel. Gold declined 0.6% to $1,189 per ounce and copper cheapened 0.5% to $2.66 per pound.

MID AND LARGE CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Gambling firm Playtech continued to struggle with fierce competition from Chinese rivals, dragging on earnings in the first half of 2018. Yet its shares advanced 1.5% to 525.2p as analysts suggested trading conditions in Asia may have stabilised.

Budget airline Ryanair flew 5.5% higher to €13.87 following a breakthrough deal with trade union Forsa to settle a dispute with Irish pilots.

Infrastructure company John Laing benefited from growing pre-tax profit and net asset value thanks to the sales of its remaining stake in the Intercity Express Programme. The stock rallied 6.6% to 312.6p.

Investors were concerned about increasing competition potentially hitting OneSavings Bank, overshadowing a 17% rise in first half pre-tax profit. The shares reversed 6.1% lower to 416p.

Building products specialist CRH fell 0.8% to £25.86 after managing to grow first half profits despite severe weather conditions in the first three months of 2018.

SMALL CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Packaging products distributor Macfarlane revealed a strong set of first half results and an upbeat outlook, causing the shares to advance 3.9% to 106p.

Investors tucked into The Real Greek and Franco Manca owner Fulham Shore following stronger trading in the first 21 weeks of its financial year. The stock fattened 5.7% to 12p.

Software group Sopheon continued to deliver a good performance with increasing pre-tax profit growth, sparking share price gains of 8.3% to £10.18.


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