StockMarketWire.com - There was little sign of progress on Brexit after Theresa May lost a key vote on her withdrawal bill last week.

The FTSE 100 was broadly unmoved at 6,970 although this was better than a sea of red across European equities in response to data revealing China's weakest growth since 2009.

Wall Street is closed on Monday for Martin Luther King Day.

Brent crude oil dipped 0.1% to $62.60 per barrel.

LARGE AND MID CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Just Eat advanced 0.7% to 662.8p after delivering some hot and cold news: its earnings would beat market expectations, 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 down 0.4% to £14.92.

Gambling company William Hill fell 1.6% to 172.9p 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.

Components supplier to the defence, aerospace and energy sectors Meggitt rose 1% to 506.8p on news it has won a plumb $750m contract with Pratt & Whitney for fighter jet parts.

Language software supplier SDL gained 1.1% to 526p despite forecasting annual earnings to rise in line with its expectations, followed by 'profit growth' in 2019.

SMALL CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Animalcare warned earnings in 2018 for its pharmaceuticals business will be flat flat-on-year due to supply challenges, delayed product launches and lower demand for animal antibiotics. The stock slumped 8.7% to 141.5p.

Packaging company Robinson reversed 1.8% to 63.8p, even as it forecast an annual profit 'comfortably in line' with market expectations amid a 10% rise in revenue.

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.

Sumo Group, which provides services to the video game industry, rallied 1.9% to 132p after it announced that it would post annual results 'at least in line' with its expectations.


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