FTSE 100 falls as Lloyds and Shell shares hit

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(Close): The London market dropped in Thursday trade, as investors digested a raft of results from some of the UK's biggest companies.

The FTSE 100 closed down 29.27 points at 6721.06. Biggest gainer was Rolls-Royce Holdings, which was up 13.52%.

Lloyds fell 5.83%, on plans to cut 3,000 jobs as the bank prepares for a longer period of low interest rates following the Brexit vote.

Royal Dutch Shell fell 2.54% after the oil giant reported lower profits.

Second quarter profits fell by more than 70% to $1.05bn as low oil prices continued to affect the sector.

"Lower oil prices continue to be a significant challenge across the business, particularly in the upstream (business)," said chief executive Ben van Beurden.

Rolls-Royce shares had jumped after its half-year results beat expectations.

The engineering group, which is in the midst of a turnaround programme, said underlying pre-tax profits fell 80% to £104m, but this was still ahead of expectations for a £16m loss. Rolls-Royce also said it expected profits to improve in the second half of the year.

Sky shares rose 1.86% after it reported a 7% increase in full-year sales to £12bn, and a 12% jump in operating profit to £1.56bn

On the currency markets, the pound fell 0.66% against the dollar to $1.3137 and dropped 0.91% against the euro to €1.1851.