- There was a sea of red across global equity markets as investor jitters returned over Brexit, sliding emerging market currencies and trade war concerns.

This left the FTSE 100 down 0.6% at 7,516.

European equities were under pressure with Germany's DAX declining 0.4% to 12,503.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones took the biggest hit with a 0.4% fall to 26,023 around 4:45pm UK time.

Brent crude was up 0.3% at $77.36 per barrel and copper reversed 1.2% to $2.68 per pound. Gold lost 0.6% to $1,197 per ounce.


Newsagent WH Smith continued to perform well in its travel division and was confident of future opportunities in the travel market, prompting investors to mark the shares 0.9% higher to £20.70.

Recruiter Hays reported only 2% growth in its UK and Ireland division amid an uncertain market, causing the stock to slide 4.3% to 194p. Investors overlooked growing pre-tax profits and a special dividend as the UK and Ireland represents a quarter of the overall business.

Energy services firm Hunting managed to deliver an underlying profit of $53.5m, up from a $9.3m loss last year. Shares in the company rallied 11.9% to 849p.


Inkjet tech business Xaar plummeted 29.6% to 173p on the news that trading continues to be below the levels anticipated by the board amid an 'aggressive' decline in ceramics. In a double whammy of bad news, the reception of Xaar's new products was 'significantly' slower than expected.

Over half of butcher Crawshaw's market value was wiped off following a warning that full year sales will be flat.

Anglo African Agriculture soared 60% to 0.8p on a two-year loan to help fund the growth of marine logistics group Comarco in Kenya.

Guarantor loans company Amigo shed 3.6% to 270p with investors clearly expecting better results than the 31% jump in pre-tax profits in the quarter to 30 June.

Shares in tool and equipment hire specialist HSS Hire gained 15.3% to 32p after making significant progress with its turnaround strategy by boosting sales and cutting debt.

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