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FTSE 100 wakes up by midday to trade 0.4% higher

Friday, 12th April 2019
The FTSE 100 gained ground by lunchtime after a sleepy start, up 0.4% to 7,447.96 on a sharp increase in Chinese experts.

US futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street as big banks JP Morgan and Wells Fargo prepared to kick off the US first quarter earnings season.


Contracts-for-difference broking house Plus500 tumbled 27.4% as its first-quarter revenue plunged 82%, owing to 'extremely subdued' trading in financial markets.

Bus and train company National Express gained 0.7% after it announced that it had bought a 60% stake in Silicon Valley employee shuttle service WeDriveU for $84.3m.

Table top game retailer Games Workshop rallied 11.8% as it forecast a rise in annual profit amid higher royalty income.

Provident Financial continued its war of word with hostile bidder Non-Standard Financial, saying that it was 'gravely concerned' that Non-Standard had not answered questions about its bid.

Provident shares advanced 0.2% while Non-Standard shares were flat.


Struggling womens' fashion retailer Bonmarche dipped 2.3% after it urged its shareholders to reject an 11.445p takeover bid from billionaire Philip Day that valued the company at around £5.7m.

Mining group Tri-Star Resources gained 2.4% on news that both its chief executive and chairman were standing down.

Mobile phone games distributor Mobile Streams fell 18.2% after it announced it would cut its headcount by a 'significant' amount to offset falling revenue.

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