- Better than forecast US jobs data helped global equities gain momentum with the FTSE 100 enjoying one of the biggest boosts, up 0.6% at 7,446.

Wall Street was also in a good mood as the S&P 500 jumped 0.3% to 2,889 at around 4pm UK time.

UK house prices rose 3.2% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year according to Halifax's house price index.

Brent crude oil rose 0.8% to $70 per barrel and copper cheapened 0.6% to $2.89 per pound.


Peer-to-peer lending firm Funding Circle dropped 8.1% to 315p on the announcement that Funding Circle SME Income Fund is to be wound down.

Shares in Purplebricks dropped 6.1% to 129.6p after investment bank Berenberg downgraded its recommendation from 'buy' to 'sell.

Transport operator Stagecoach headed in the same direction, down 5.8% at 138.9p, following a downgrade from 'underperform' to 'hold' by analysts at Jefferies.

Gambling company GVC advanced 0.8% after it reported an 8% increase in first-quarter net gaming revenue, as soft gross win margins in Italy and the UK were offset by improved margins in other territories.

Private hospital operator NMC Health gained 2.6% to £25.28 on the appointment of Tarek Alnabulsi as independent non-executive director.

Electricity producer ContourGlobal gained 6.9% on the back of a 19% rise in annual adjusted profit. The company also announced that it had hired Stefan Schellinger as its new chief financial officer.

Miner and commodities trader Ferrexpo added 2%, despite it reporting a modest fall in first-quarter iron-ore pellet production.


Auto retailer Motorpoint dipped 0.2% after it announced that a weaker second half had limited its annual adjusted profit growth to 10%.

Flavour and fragrance ingredient supplier Treatt advanced 1.8% as its first-half revenue grew by 7% despite price weakness in its key citrus category.

Marketing company Matomy Media fell 13.4%, even as it announced that it was considering an offer of $36m to sell its 90% stake in Team Internet.

K3 Capital Group fell 15.6% after it warned on profits as Brexit uncertainty weighed on its ability to wrap up a new business in its corporate finance division.

Cancer diagnostics group Oncimmune rose 3.1% as it signed an exclusive agreement for the distribution of its lung cancer test kit in Portugal with Sabartech, its existing distributor in Spain.

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