FTSE higher after Wall Street rally

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FTSE 100 Index

Last Updated at 24 Dec 2014, 07:36 ET *Chart shows local time FTSE 100 intraday chart
value change %
6609.93 +

Top winner and loser

Smith & Nephew

1173.00 p +


145.00 p -
value change %

FTSE 250 Index

16104.92 +

FTSE 350 Index

3616.16 +

FTSE All Share Index

3552.11 +

FTSE Techmark Index

3510.88 +

(Close): London's leading shares edged higher on Wednesday in the market's last session before Christmas.

When the truncated session ended at lunchtime, the FTSE 100 index was up 11.75 points or 0.18% at 6,609.93.

Trading was thin but investors took heart from Tuesday's rally on Wall Street following unexpectedly strong US growth figures.

Medical equipment firm Smith & Nephew added 7.7% on reports that US rival Stryker was planning a takeover bid.

On the currency markets, the pound rose 0.08% against the dollar to $1.5535 and fell 0.1% against the euro to €1.2737.

It was the seventh day in a row that the FTSE 100 ended the session in positive territory.

The London market is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and will reopen on Monday.

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