FTSE 100

Today's data summary

Market closed
% change
-1.24%
Value
6955.21
Change
-87.59
As of 05:10 24 Oct 2018

Latest updates

FTSE 100 close

The FTSE 100 has closed 87 points lower at 6,955.21, that's 1.24%.

Germany's DAX has closed 2.2% lower at 11,274.28

In Paris, the key stock market index has ended 1.7% lower at 4,967.69

In the US, the Dow Jones index is still trading and off 467 points at 24,849, around 1.8% lower.

Europe heading lower

The major stock markets in Europe are on course to end the day lower as Italy's budget woes, international tensions with Saudi Arabia and disappointing company news out of the US all weigh on markets.

Germany's Dax stock market index is down more than 2% and the CAC in Paris is off more than 1.5%. Italy's stock market is off more than 1%.

The FTSE 100 index is 1.2%, or 85 points, lower at 6,957.27.

Smoking out the share winners

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Are there any winners in the FTSE 100 today? There are a few, led by British American Tobacco, which has climbed 4.12% to 3,501.50.

Meanwhile Imperial Brands is up 3.66% at 2,705 and the only other share climbing more than 3% is Fresnillo, up 3.17% at 924.40.

A fistful of losers

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Which FTSE 100 shares fared the worst in morning trading?

GVC Holdings leads the losers after falling 6.29% to 878.75.

But five other companies in the blue-chip index saw their share price fall by more than 4%.

They were Melrose Industries (-4.68%), St James's Place (-4.36%), Smith (-4.28%), Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust (-4.27%) and Ocado (-4.14%).

FTSE continues its gloom

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How are stock markets doing? The FTSE 100 remains depressed, although it has climbed back above 7000.

It's currently down 0.51%, or 34,82, on the day at 7,007.17.

The FTSE 250 is not doing so well and is now down 1.59%, or 299.04 points, at 18,460.02.

Sea of red for Europe stocks

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European shares have fallen to their lowest levels in nearly two years in a sea of red across the region.

Stocks have fallen after a disappointing batch of third-quarter results, particularly in the tech sector, amid ongoing worries on Brexit, Italy's budget, Saudi isolation, trade wars, Chinese growth and US interest rates.

London's blue-chip index the FTSE 100 has remained in the red all morning, and is currently down 0.86%, or 60.65, on the day.

BreakingFTSE slips on opening

The FTSE 100 has opened down 0.79%, or 55.36, to 6,986.50.

The FTSE 250 is down 0.92%, or 172.2 points at 18,587.74.

London closes slightly lower

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London shares have ended slightly lower, giving up earlier gains from banks and mining firms.

The FTSE 100 ended 7 points or 0.1% down to 7,042.80. Top of the losers was betting firm Paddy Power, which fell by 4% to £64.85.

The FTSE 250 closed 37.5 points or 0.2% lower to 18,758.22, with the losers led by Cairn Energy, which dropped 6.6% to 200p.

London shares still buoyant

Mid-morning in London and the stock market is still in positive territory. The FTSE 100 index is up 0.4% at 7,079.74, while the FTSE 250 is 0.2% higher at 18,827.54.

Top gainer on the 100-share index is United Arab Emirates-based healthcare provider NMC Health, which is up more than 8% after raising its full-year earnings outlook.

FTSE 100 starts higher

The FTSE 100 has started with healthy gains, up 17 points at 7,044.

That follows yesterday's 28 point loss.