- It was a quiet day for corporate news ahead of the long Bank Holiday weekend, yet the FTSE 100 managed to enjoy a small 0.1% gain to 7,570 around midday thanks to mining stocks.

Antofagasta led the way with a 3.1% rise to 829.8p followed by Anglo American, up 1.5% at £15.60.

Brent crude oil rose 1.2% to $75.64 per barrel.


Pharma giant Shire announced its preventative drug for hereditary angioedema, Takhzyro, has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, giving the shares a 2.2% boost to £45.21.

IT infrastructure specialist Computacenter revealed a strong performance in its first half as pre-tax profit and sales both increased. The market took the news in its stride as the shares were flat at £15.08.


Shares in Bahamas Petroleum plummeted 62.7% to 2.3p after it revealed an exclusivity deal with an undisclosed oil major is to expire at the end of August.

Building materials firm Kingspan pleased the market with rising sales, profitability and a hiked half year payout, pushing the stock 7.1% higher to 42.1p.

Construction business Henry Boot strengthened 3.9% to 281p after pre-tax profit jumped 15.9% to £26.2m in the first half of 2018.

Mining small cap Kefi Minerals announced a consortium of Ethiopian investors would help fund its projects in the country, which are forecast to be worth between $30m and $35m. Investors marked the stock 8.5% higher to 2.2p.

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