- The FTSE 100 closed down a handful of points on Tuesday, despite a better-than-expected start to trading on Wall Street. By 4.30pm UK time the S&P 500 was up 0.1% at 2,828.76.

Figures from UK finance showed mortgage approvals for house purchases hit their highest level since February 2017 in April.


Construction company Galliford Try rose 4.6% after revealing that it had rejected a £950m offer for its home building business from Bovis Homes. Bovis shares were flat.

Sports Direct added 4.2% on confirming that it had agreed to sell a logistics centre in Shirebrook to Kwasa Logix Sportivo for £120.1m and lease it back.

NMC Healthcare rallied 7.1% as it sealed a planned joint venture in Saudi Arabia and upgraded its annual revenue and earnings guidance as a result.

Outsourcing group Bunzl added 1.4% on news that it had appointed current Galliford Try chairman Peter Ventress as its new chairman-elect.

Guarantor loans provider Amigo gained 8.9% after it booked a large rise in annual profits underpinned by growth in its loan book.

Sub-prime lender Provident Financial gained 5.3% as it confirmed that investor M&G, which held a 1.7% stake in the company, had decided not to accept Non-Standard Finance's hostile takeover bid.

Non-Standard Finance shares rose 0.9%.


Marketing group Albert Technologies slumped 38% as it warned that its revenues were unlikely to meet expectations following a slower-than-anticipated start to the year.

Industrial product supplier Renold jumped 1.7% after it booked a rise in annual profit, driven by strength in its chains division.

One Media iP fell 5.5% on news that it had acquired the writer's share of a number of songs written by US country singer Cole Taylor for $260,000.

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