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FTSE 100 dips as tobacco shares mixed

News of British American Tobacco's planned merger with US cigarette company Reynolds has a mixed effect on the sector.

Gold mining firm leads FTSE 250 higher

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With a 12% gain, the biggest winner on the FTSE 250 is Acacia Mining.

Not heard of them?

Well the company owns gold mines in Africa and today it raised its forecast for production from its Tanzania mines.

Shares in gold mining firms have done well this year, as gold has risen strongly following Britain's vote to leave the European Union.


Euro slides on Draghi comments

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The euro has hit its lowest level against the dollar since March. At one stage it was down to $1.0879.

Analysts say it's a reaction to yesterday's comments from the head of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi.

Traders were keen to know if Mr Draghi is going to extend the economic stimulus plan that is already in place. After his press conference on Thursday, the feeling is that the ECB is unlikely to unwind the scheme anytime soon.

The chart above shows the euro against the dollar so far this year. Four losing sessions in a row has is taking the euro close where it started the year.


FTSE 100 opens higher

The FTSE 100 has kicked-off the session with gains, trading at 7,036.

British American Tobacco is up 2% after announcing a merger with Reynolds American.

888 Holdings is down 2.2%, following the announcement of an investigation into the entire online gambling industry by the UK's competition regulator.



Banks surge as FTSE 100 edges up

London's main share index, the FTSE 100, edges into positive territory at the close, with banks faring especially well.

Fears over advertising slowdown hit shares

Shares in the big French advertising group Publicis have tumbled more than 5% in Paris.

That's after it reported almost no growth in sales for the third quarter.

That has rattled investors. Shares in British advertising giant WPP are down more than 2%. And ITV, which relies on advertising income, is down 3% - the biggest loser on the FTSE 100.


Shares in European airlines surge

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The standout share on Frankfurt's stock exchange is Deutsche Lufthansa, shares have jumped 7.6%.

That gain came after the company raised its full-year profit target.

It said bookings by business travellers had been better than expected in September.

It now expects its profit for 2016 to match last year's.

That's given airline shares across Europe a boost.

Air France KLM is 4% higher.

British Airways owner IAG is up 2.6%.

EasyJet is up 1.8%.


FTSE 100 opens slightly lower

No dramatic move for the FTSE 100 in early trading. It has edged 0.1% lower at 7,013.

Rio Tinto is up almost 1% following its quarterly production report.

On the currency markets, the pound is little changed from Wednesday's close at $1.2277.



FTSE ticks up as chancellor reassures

The FTSE 100 ends the day 0.3% higher after chancellor Philip Hammond suggests firms will not be restricted from recruiting highly skilled workers post-Brexit.

Oil prices rally on hopes of market recovery

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Crude oil prices have moved higher, helped by comments from Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister. 

He said oil demand is expanding at a "healthy rate" despite slower global growth.

Saudi Arabia is the most important member of the Opec group of oil producing nations. It next meets on 30 November. The secretary general of the organisation said he was "optimistic" that the group could agree on a cut in production.

Also a report showed that US stockpiles of crude had fallen over the last week.

A short while ago Brent Crude was up 1.4% at $52.42 a barrel.


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