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FTSE holds onto gains
A quick market update: the FTSE 100 is still marginally up in mid-morning trading at 6,940 points.
The UK index has risen every day this week and is on course for a rise of 3% since it opened at 6,730 on Monday.
Analysts said it's a case of a rising tide lifting all boats, with Wall Street hitting fresh record highs all week, and Japan's Nikkei and Germany's Dax at their best levels this year.
On the currency markets, the pound is up a touch against the dollar and euro at $1.260 and €1.187.
FTSE holds above 6,900
The FTSE 100 is holding onto the gains it made yesterday when the UK index posted its biggest rise for three months.
It's up eight points at 6,910 in the first hour of trading.
Ad agency WPP is one of the big winners after its stock was upgraded by analysts at Jefferies.
Outsourcing company Capita is the heaviest faller after it warned that profits for 2016 would drop.
All bets are off
Financial spread betting firms CMC Markets and IG Group continue to drag down the FTSE 250 index.
They were by far the heaviest fallers, sliding 35% and 33% respectively, as the index dropped 0.2% to 17,430 points in morning trade.
"This is negative - period - and CMC Markets and IG Group - the two that operate to the highest standards in the industry in our opinion - are collateral damage," RBS analysts said in a note.
"We do not believe that they are the intended targets, but will be negatively impacted nonetheless."
It came as the FTSE 100 edged back into positive territory, led higher by banks and landowner stocks.
Spread-betters drag FTSE 250 lower
No surprise that financial spread betting firms are the biggest losers in trading so far in London.
CMC Markets and IG Group are the heaviest fallers on the FTSE 250, down 23% and 22% respectively in the first half hour. Playtech, the gambling software company which is expanding into financial betting, is down 5%.
They've dragged the index down by about 52 points to 17,410.
London's benchmark FTSE 100 has also opened lower, falling 17 points to 6,730.
European stock markets shrug off Renzi defeat
Investors in European shares seem to have taken a sanguine view of Italian PM Matteo Renzi's referendum defeat.
"While the euro has fallen, the reaction of the Eurozone indices suggests that they aren’t too worried about the region’s current political situation," said Connor Campbell, an analyst at Spreadex.