- Mounting concerns over the impact of a potential 'no-deal' Brexit put pressure on the pound, which provided a much-needed boost for the FTSE 100, up 0.1% at 6,962.

European equities fell into the red, with the euro also weak.

Wall Street stocks struggled with the tech-heavy Nasdaq index enduring the biggest fall, declining 1.7% to 7,313 around 4:45pm UK time.

Brent crude oil was up 0.7% at $77 per barrel.


Barclays booked a fall in third-quarter profit, as litigation and conduct charges of £2.1bn weighed, though a decent showing in corporate and investment banking steadied performance. The bank's shares were up 3% to 170.7p.

Challenger bank Metro Bank slumped 12.3% to £22.58, despite it more than doubling its third quarter profit, as investors focused on a reduction in interest margins due to competition.

London Southend Airport operator Stobart Group fell 1.4% to 218p, as it swung to a first-half loss owing to higher route development and marketing costs.

Chile-focused copper play Antofagasta slipped 3.3% to 731.4p downwardly narrowing its output guidance for the full year, amid a 15% production increase in the third quarter.

Fellow miner Fresnillo shed 4% to 938p on the back of mixed production guidance for the full-year, as gold was expected marginally higher, but silver lower amid continued challenges at its Saucito and Fresnillo mines.


Electricity supplier to small businesses Yu Group crashed 79.8% to 120p as it warned of a full-year loss and launched an internal probe after it miscalculated its revenue among other 'areas of significant concern'.

Emergency pet care company Premier Veterinary Group plunged 35.1% to 55.8p after it also forecast a full-year loss, despite revenue rising 24%, as growth in the US and UK disappointed.

Inkjet printing technology company Xaar ticked up 4.2% to 152p after it appointed former Kodak executive Shomit Kenkare as its new chief financial officer.

Out-of-favour photobooths-to-laundry machines operator Photo-Me International rallied 14.6% to 114.2p as the Epsom-headquartered company assured the market its Japanese business will return to growth this year.

There was also relief as Photo-Me confirmed it traded in line with downgraded expectations in the first five months of the financial year, first half results will be flat year-on-year - with the absence of a further profit warning well-received.

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