- The FTSE 100 has inched higher this morning as UK's general election campaigning continues and amid rising hopes of progress on trade between the US and China.

At 8.51am, the FTSE 100 was up 0.33%, or 24.44 points, to trade at 7,421.09.

RSA Insurance Group, was one of the biggest climbers in early trading, 2.9% higher at 547.6p after it reported 'pleasing progress' in the year-to-date 2019, with underwriting profit strongly up.

Rolls-Royce Holdings descended 1.1% to 768.2p following a trading update which warned that despite improved trading since the half year, it now expects full-year operating profit and FCF outcome towards the lower end of guidance ranges.

It reported that following a thorough review of the Trent 1000 programme, the company is expected to take an exceptional charge on the Trent 1000 of £1.4bn in 2019.

Budget bookseller The Works fell 42% as it warned on profit amid a slump in like-for-like sales.

Sainsbury's climbed 1.4% to 208.4p despite a decline in group sales in the 28 weeks to 21 September of 0.2% to £16.8bn.

Credit provider Provident Financial is 3.23% higher to 451.09p as it reported that all three business divisions produced good business volumes in the third quarter.

Tate & Lyle increased 7.8% to 715.4p after it reported 'encouraging progress' in the first half of the year to September 2019, as group statutory profit before tax of climbed 45% to £164m, due to lower exceptional costs.

Bovis Homes nudged up 0.3% to £10.16 following an announcement that it has agreed to acquire Galliford Try's Linden Homes and Partnerships & Regeneration businesses for £1.075bn in a cash and shares deal.

G4S inched up 0.8% to 206.40p on the news that revenue grew 4.9% in the third quarter led by growth in its security business, with revenue growth of 4.7% for the nine months.

Aston Martin is 5.5% higher at 440.6p despite swinging to a loss in the third quarter of the year, as weaker demand the UK and Europe continued to pressure wholesale volumes. Story provided by