- 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.


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.


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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