- UK stocks meandered at the open on Friday on a quiet day for company news, as strength among miners was offset by weakness in the house-building sector.

At 0847, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was down 1.1 points at 7.562.21.

Antofagasta and Anglo American led the resources sector higher, with gains of 2.5% and 1.1%, respectively.

House builders Taylor Wimpey, Barratt Developments and Persimmon fell 1.3%, 1.2% and 1.1%, respectively, as lower EU immigration sparks fears of labor shortages in the UK.

Pharmaceuticals group Shire firmed by 2.1% after US regulators approved its injection treatment for hereditary angioedema, a rare life-threatening condition that causes dangerous swelling throughout the body.

Oil services company Petrofac climbed 2.4% on news that it had sold its interest in a North Sea oil asset and associated production facility to Ithaca Energy for up to $292m.

Security contractor Serco Group rose 0.9% as it had signed a £75m contract to continue providing logistics services in the Middle East for Australia's defence forces.

IT company Computacenter reported higher first-half profits amid firmer demand for network capacity and cyber security systems. Its shares rose 0.5%.

Advanced materials group Versarien rallied 7.3% on news it had signed a supply agreement with infrastructure company Aecom, which involved it increasing the structural strength of large-scale plastic objects.

Texas-focused oil and gas producer Pantheon Resources added 1.1% after it hired a new technical consultant to address its recent production problems.

Agribusiness group Camellia rose 1.2%, as it reported better-than-anticipated profits, amid rising tea production and a bumper macadamia harvest.

PureCircle, which producers the substitute sweetener stevia, gained 3.0% after it said it was unaware of any price-sensitive information that it hadn't disclosed amid a recent sharp fall in its share price.

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