StockMarketWire.com - UK stocks started the week in positive territory Monday as continued Brexit uncertainty weighed on the pound, helping exporters, and investors held out hope that China and the US would strike a trade truce.

At 0845, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 11.59 points, or 0.2%, at 6.979.92.

Just Eat shed 0.9% after delivering some hot and cold news: its earnings would beat market expectation, but chief executive Peter Plumb was standing down.

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, meanwhile, said chairman Philip Hampton was standing down, in light of its decision last year to split off its consumer division. The company's shares were broadly flat.

Gambling company William Hill fell 2.9% as it forecast annual earnings slightly below the midpoint of its guidance range, with enhanced customer vetting and US expansion costs weighing on its performance.

Embattled cafe chain owner Patisserie Holdings said it was still talking to lenders about extending its banking facilities as it battles to stay afloat. Its shares remained suspended from trading.

Components supplier to the defence, aerospace and energy sectors Meggitt rose 0.8% on news it has won a plumb $750m contract with Pratt & Whitney for fighter jet parts.

Packaging company Robinson reversed 2.0%, even as it forecast an annual profit 'comfortably in line' with market expectations amid a 10% rise in revenue.

Sumo Group, which provides services to the video game industry, rallied 6.6% after it announced that it would post annual results 'at least in line' with its expectations.

Language software supplier SDL fell 0.4% despite forecasting annual earnings to rise in line with its expectations, followed by 'profit growth' in 2019.

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