- Global equities rose despite slower than forecast US manufacturing growth with the FTSE 100 gaining 0.4% to 7,106.

The FTSE 100 remained in positive territory as it focused on better than anticipated Chinese manufacturing data overnight and took advantage of continued weakness in sterling.

Wall Street was also in good spirits as the S&P 500 rose 0.3% to 2,792 at around 5pm UK time. European equities were also up with Germany's DAX climbing 0.7% to 11,601.


Advertising firm WPP jumped 4.9% to 866.2p, despite posting a 40% fall in annual profit, after it met the top end of its adjusted sales guidance.

London Stock Exchange gained 3.7% despite warning its earnings would fall short of expectations due to increased investment costs. The bourse operator also said it would cut 250 staff to save around £30m.

Recruitment firm Robert Walters advanced 12.2% to 590p after reporting record 2018 results due to strong overseas growth.

Industrial thread manufacturer Coats fell 7.9% to 81.6p after operating profit declined 5% in the year to 31 December 2018 due to higher exceptional costs of $48m.

Shares in Relx slumped 6.8% to £16.10 after the University of California cancelled its academic journals contract.

Wealth manager Man Group fell 2.6% to 134.5p after choppy markets hurt the performance of its funds, crimping performance fees.

Online property portal Rightmove reversed 2.1% to 471.9p, as an 11% rise in annual profit missed expectations and the company only posted 'slight' growth in customer numbers.

Gambling company William Hill dipped 2.2% as it swung to deep annual loss owing to a huge write-down related tighter fixed-odd betting terminal regulations, and more subdued high street trading.

Royal Dutch Shell said it was facing legal action in the Netherlands related to its activities in Nigeria. Investors weren't fazed as the shares were unmoved at £23.64.


Night spot operator Revolution Bars slumped 22% to 62p as it scrapped its interim dividend after posting a first-half loss owing to rising costs and a fall in like-for-like sales.

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