- 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 midday the FTSE 100 traded up 14 points or 0.2% at 7,410.

RSA Insurance Group was the biggest climber, adding 3.2% to 549p after it reported 'pleasing progress' in the year-to-date 2019, with underwriting profit strongly up.

Supermarket group Sainsbury's added 0.4% to 206p despite a decline in group sales in the 28 weeks to 21 September of 0.2% to £16.8bn.

Tate & Lyle increased 6.4% to 706p 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.

Credit provider Provident Financial was 3.23% higher to 451p as it reported that all three business divisions produced good business volumes in the third quarter.

G4S rallied 3.2% to 211p 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.

Bovis Homes nudged up 0.2% to £11.65 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.

Rolls-Royce Holdings descended 0.7% to 771p following a warning 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.

Aston Martin reversed early gains to trade 3% lower at 405p after swinging to a loss in the third quarter of the year, as weaker demand the UK and Europe continued to pressure wholesale volumes.

Budget bookseller Theworks fell 42% to 44.7p as it warned on profit amid a slump in like-for-like sales.

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