- UK stocks opened lower on Monday as investors continued to fret about US-China trade tensions and Theresa May's Brexit deal looked destined for failure at a crucial Tuesday vote.

At 0857, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was down 19.19 points, or 0.3%, at 6.758.92.

Retirement income company Just Group surged 19% after it assessed that new UK rules on equity release mortgages were 'considerably less onerous' for the company than set out in a previous consultation paper.

Photo booth and laundry services company Photo-Me International dropped 12% as lax UK sales and the impact of restructuring costs in Japan dragged its profits around a fifth lower.

Pharmaceutical group ValiRx jumped 33% on news that an independent analysis of data showed a positive response in a treatment trial for patients with prostate cancer.

Renewable infrastructure company Greencoat Renewables gained 1.2% as it agreed to acquire the Monaincha and Garranereagh wind farms in Ireland from BlackRock for €88m.

Gulf country focused healthcare group NMC Health said it expected to grow its annual operating earnings by 38%, underpinned by both acquisitions and organic revenue growth. Its shares added 0.7%.

People-screening technology provider Thruvision gained 2.2% after rising revenue helped it narrow first-half losses.

Local Shopping REIT, which is in the process of being wound up, fell 1.3% after it posted a deeper full-year amid lower rental income and losses on both the sale of investment properties and the value of still-held properties.

Payment data protection group PCI-PAL said it had signed a re-seller agreement with a 'major UK payment service provider'. Its shares gained 0.4%. Story provided by