- A 1.1% rise in the FTSE 100 helped to put investors in a better mood at the end of the trading week. Helping the blue chip index was a 1.4% rise in the oil price which lifted shares in Royal Dutch Shell and BP, but the key driver for hopes for interest rate cuts.

Markets also rallied across Europe, the US and Asia. The Dow Jones index jumped 1.2% while the S&P 500 advanced 1.3%.

Among UK corporate news, Singapore-based real estate group made a 685p cash per share takeover offer for Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, sending the latter's share price up 34%.

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline pushed 1.4% higher to £15.66 as the Federal Drug Administration approved two new methods for administering the company's asthma treatment.

Iron ore miner Ferrexpo was lifted by 4.5% to 249.47p on announcing that it expected first-half earnings to increase 'materially' year-on-year, driven by higher pricing, production and sales volumes.

Engineering company Smiths gained 1.3% to £14.87 as it announced that it had appointed JehanZeb Noor as chief executive of its medical division. The former Amcor Flexibles executive takes up the role on 1 July and will oversee the separation of the business, expected to be completed during the first half of calendar 2020.

Concrete levelling group Somero Enterprises issued a profit warning, saying rain in the US had delayed construction projects. Its shares fell 22% to 275.32p.

Fantasy figures retailer Games Workshop was a bright spot, rallying 4.7% to £46.54 after it guided for a higher annual profit, buoyed by growing sales.

Greg Ball, non-executive director of online value retailer Findel, invested £40,125 of his own money in company shares. The market liked the news, sending its shares up 10%. Two days ago Findel reported a 33% jumped in full year pre-tax profit to £29.4m.

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