- The FTSE 100 finished lower on Thursday amid Brexit worries and global growth concerns, with economic fears failing to be soothed by a worse than expected US ISM reading that left markets unable to mount a rally.

At 16.35, the FTSE 100 index closed 44.9 points, 0.63%, lower at 7,077.64.


Anglo American was down 2% to £17.64 as the value of rough diamond sales at its De Beers unit had decreased during the eighth cycle of 2019 to $295m from $482m seen in the same cycle a year earlier.

Global lifestyle brand Ted Baker tumbled 39.3% to 562p as it reported a £23m loss before tax in its first-half results, due to weak consumer spending hit retail sales.

Imperial Brands was broadly flat at £18.31 after the tobacco titan announced that Alison Cooper would step down from the role of CEO once a suitable successor was found.

Transport operator Stagecoach ticked up 0.5% to 132.3p on announcing the financial performance of its non-rail operations are broadly in line with expectations in a trading update.


CMC Markets gained 7.4% to 113.8p as it raised its full year guidance after a strong net trading revenue in the first half.

Third-party logistics company Wincanton wandered 2p higher to 226p following a trading update which revealed it had secured 'good levels' of new business in the period, including a five-year deal with supermarket Morrisons.

Tools and equipment hire company Speedy Hire accelerated 3.1% to 53.2p after posting a positive first half trading update, reporting revenues up 6% with a stronger second half expected.

Assura firmed 0.3% to 71.4p on announcing it remained 'confident' in its outlook for the year after a 'very active' first half of the year saw the primary care property investor strengthen its market position with the acquisition of GPI.

Gold miner Centamin slipped 8.6% lower to 114.4p as it announced that Andrew Pardey would retire as CEO.

The company also said the lower end of its annual production guidance remained 'achievable.'

Industrial materials business Zotefoams dived 36.5% to 340p as it warned on profit citing a deterioration in its end markets.

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