The FTSE 100 is down 0.31% at 6,821.56.
Ashtead Group, the industrial equipment rental company, is leading the FTSE risers with its share price up 2% at £19.09.
Shares in Vodafone, the telecoms giant, top the blue chip fallers, down 2.9% at 144.9p.
The FTSE 250 is flat at 18,583.74.
Metro Bank's share price is up 3%.
However, it does not make up for a near 40% drop on Wednesday after the bank admitted that it had wrongly classified some commercial property loans.