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London now flat

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Shares in London are now flat, pulled down by disappointing eurozone manufacturing data and investors making profits before Easter.

The FTSE 100 is 12 points or 0.2% lower to 7,459.16. Top of the losers is BAE Systems, falling 3.3% to 494.6p, due to the shares being ex-dividend today. This morning, the aerospace manufacturer introduced a new sensor for military vehicles.

The FTSE 250 is now down 40.1 points or 0.2% to 19,815.24. The losers are led by Sirius Minerals, which dropped 5% to 20.3p. the mining firm has seen its value rise by 10% over the last week after investment firm Capital Group sold off a 2.12% stake in Sirius Minerals.

Unilever shares up

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Shares in Anglo-Dutch giant Unilever are up 1.6% after positive first quarter results this morning.

The firm reported particularly strong sales in emerging markets.

And we're spending more on home care it says, including a segment called "fabric solutions".

The FTSE 100 is now 0.17% lower at 7,458.30.

The FTSE 250 is down 0.22%, at 19,815.21.

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A replica of Wall Street's Fearless Girl statue is now facing the London Stock Exchange

London shares are now flat, after a court in Brazil ruled that Vale could resume operations.

This could mean a increase in iron ore supplies that could lower its price, which dragged down mining stocks on the index.

The FTSE 100 is now down 5.4 points or 0.07% to 7,463.55. Top of the losers is consumer supplies firm Bunzl, which dropped 8.2% to £23.42 after reporting a slowdown in underlying revenue growth for the quarter.

The FTSE 250 is just 25.7 points or 0.1% ahead to 19,923.38, led by Mediclinic International, which jumped 10% to 334.6p after its fall in profits was not as bad as analysts feared.

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Traders didn't like that Bunzl update. The shares are down 12% in London trading.

Elsewhere, the FTSE 100 is down 0.2%

The more domestically-focused FTSE 250 is about level.

London ends higher

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London shares have ended higher, boosted by home price rises in China and gains in fiancial and mining stocks.

The FTSE 100 closed 33 points or 0.4% ahead to 7,436.87, led by wealth manager St James Place, which rose 2.8% to £11.17.

The FTSE 250 ended 116.3 points or 0.6% higher to 19,923.38. Top of the winners was Card Factory, which jumped 10% to 194.8p after forecasting a special dividend, despite the fact like-for-like sales were flat and pre-tax profits dropped for the year ended January 2019.

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In the FTSE 250 index, Galliford Try is still the biggest faller, off 18%, after it announced a downsizing of its construction arm.

Recruitment firm Hays is also lower, off 3%.

The gainers are Card Factory (6%) and JD Sports (4.5%).

In the FTSE 100, Evraz and Prudential are up 2% while Pearson is the biggest faller off 1.4%.

The pound is flat against the dollar at $1.3089.

Galliford Try leads fallers, off 20%

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Among the movers on the stock market in early trading is Galliford Try, the construction firm, which is off 20% after it said it was scaling back its construction business.

Recruitment company Hays, which has issued a trading update, is down 3%.

JD Sports is more than 3% higher after its pleasing profits announcement.

BreakingFTSE slides up

The FTSE 100 is up slightly climbing 11.43, or 0.15%, to 7,448.75.

The FTSE 250 has risen 27.45, or 0.14%, to 19,835.07.

London mixed on close

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London shares were mixed on close, as mining and oil stocks fell, offsetting gains from financial stocks.

The FTSE 100 ended flat - just 0.2 points lower to 7,436.87. Top of the losers was contract catering firm Compass Group, which slipped 2.4% to £17.49 after Barclays downgraded it from "equal weight" to "overweight" for the first time in a decade.

The FTSE 250 closed 95.4 points or 0.5% higher to 19,807.09, led by office group IWG, which jumped 21.5% to 334.8p on the news it is selling its Japanese business for £320m.

BreakingFTSE starts the week slightly positive

The FTSE 100 has opened at 7,446.06, up 9.08 or 0.11%.

Meanwhile the FTSE 250 is up 34.24, or 0.16%, at 19,742.37.