- Mixed global corporate news, speculation of a slowdown in Chinese stimulus and a retreat for resources stocks helped put the FTSE 100 under some pressure after it hit six-and-a-half month highs yesterday.

By midday the index of leading UK shares was down 0.4% with US futures pointing to a modest retreat from the record highs seen last night on Wall Street.


Anglo American and BP led the mining and energy sectors lower, with falls of 2.3% and 1.4%, respectively.

Copper play Antofagasta shed a slightly more respectable 1.1%, as it boosted its output by 23% in the first quarter.

Associated British Foods gained 1.7% after another knockout profit performance by budget fashion retailer Primark offset weakness in the conglomerate's sugar and bakery units.

Online clothing retailer Bohoo firmed 5.7% after it reported a 49% jump in annual profit that beat market expectations.

Financial services group Aviva shed 0.6% on announcing that Andy Briggs had stood down as the head of its UK insurance unit.

Gold miner Centamin advanced 10.3% after it maintained its full-year output guidance, despite sales slipping in the first quarter.

Sub-prime lender Amigo Loans was up 1.4% despite revealing chief executive Glen Crawford is to step down to undertake medical treatment.


Car testing firm AB Dynamics motored 7% higher as it reported a 95% increase in first half pre-tax profit.

IT services and cloud hosting provider SysGroup rose 3% after it guided for healthy rises in both annual revenue and operating earnings.

Shield Therapeutics added 2.3% as Swiss regulators extended the approved indication for its iron deficiency treatment, to now include treatment of all adults with iron deficiency with or without anaemia.

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