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FTSE 100 Index

Last Updated at 24 Apr 2014, 11:36 ET *Chart shows local time FTSE 100 intraday chart
value change %
6703.00 +
+28.26
+
+0.42

Top winner and loser

Smith & Nephew

909.00 p +
+29.50
+
+3.35

Travis Perkins

1763.00 p -
-69.00
-
-3.77
value change %

FTSE 250 Index

15991.77 +
+2.13
+
+0.01

FTSE 350 Index

3654.88 +
+13.09
+
+0.36

FTSE All Share Index

3592.13 +
+12.55
+
+0.35

FTSE Techmark Index

3135.57 +
+13.20
+
+0.42

(Close): AstraZeneca and Anglo American helped to lift the FTSE as investors welcomed the firms' latest updates.

AstraZeneca shares rose by 3.28%, The firm reported a fall in first-quarter profits but said a number of new drugs had entered late-stage testing.

Mining giant Anglo American climbed 1.26% after it reported higher copper and iron ore production in the first three months of the year.

The benchmark FTSE 100 index rose 28.26 points to 6,703.00.

Travis Perkins shares slipped 3.77% despite the Wickes owner reporting a sharp increase in sales.

Consumer goods giant Unilever fell 1.67% after it reported a 6.3% fall in first-quarter revenues due to adverse currency movements.

"The strong euro is providing a stiff currency headwind for the group's targeted emerging markets," said Keith Bowman, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown Stockbrokers.

"With consumers in many of the group's markets pressured by currency movements and wage growth which remains below inflation, branded consumer goods are, for now, a tough place to be."

The recovery in the housing market and construction sector helped the firm to report a 12.7% rise in like-for-like sales during the first quarter of the year.

On the currency markets, the pound rose 0.1% against the dollar to $1.6796 and edged up 0.02% against the euro to 1.2148 euros.

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