- The FTSE 100 reversed 0.2% to 7,215 despite a revival in the mining sector as concerns over Italy and rising US treasury yields eased back.

Evraz led the miners higher, gaining 4.1% to 570p. Anglo American increased 1.8% to £16.77 and Antofagasta was up 1.8% at 828.2p.

Brent crude oil rose 1.2% to $85 per barrel.


Sausage roll seller Greggs received a sales boost from drinks and pizza, which were popular during the summer heatwave. Like-for-like sales rose 3.2% in the three months to 29 September, helping the shares gain 5.3% to £10.59.

Shares in insurance firm Aviva were broadly unmoved at 466.9p after chief executive Mark Wilson decided to step down following a restructuring process.

British insurer Robert Walters enjoyed strong net fee income across Europe, helping overall income over the quarter jump 11.6%. The stock added 5.2% to 673.2p.

Plastic packaging maker RPC revealed modest organic growth and confirmed an extension for potential buyers to study their options late on Monday. Potential acquirers Bain Capital and Apollo have until 5 November to make an official bid for the company. Shares in RPC accelerated 2.6% to 800p.


Metals producer Wolf Minerals warned it will need to raise more money, triggering a 37.1% crash to 1.1p. The company was recently forced to suspend trading on the Australian stock market after failing to release its annual results.

Serica Energy's big deal with BP to acquire fields in the North Sea will not be held up by US sanctions on Iran, despite the Iranian national oil company having an interest in one of the assets. This excited investors as the stock surged 33.5% to 102.7p.

News that Mayan Energy will halt development activity amid a reorganisation of the company dragged the stock 16.4% lower to 0.2p.

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