Source - SMW
The FTSE 100 continued to gain positive momentum despite the pound weakening 0.5% against both the US dollar and Euro.

The blue chip index closed 0.2% higher at 6,830 and the FTSE 250 was flat at 17,890.

Imperial Brands (IMB) and Astra Zeneca (AZN) helped push the FTSE higher, with gains of 1.7% each.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil advanced 1.2% to $43.81 and Brent crude oil nudged higher to $46 per barrel, respectively. 

Copper rose 0.4% to $4,762 per tonne. 


B&Q-owner Kingfisher (KGF) fell 2.1% despite a 13.5% increase in underlying pre-tax profit to £436 million, which was driven by profit growth in the UK and Poland, as well as favourable exchange rates.

Pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was flat on news that head of consumer healthcare Emma Walmsley will replace outgoing CEO Andrew Witty after his retirement in March.


Spreadbetting provider IG Group (IGG) reported a 5% rise in total revenue in the three months to the end of August, but investors focused on declining UK revenue as a result of the Brexit vote. It traded 2.4% lower at 903.7p.

Investors were not put off by online gambling company GVC's (GVC) loss of €86.1 million in the first half of the year, as the firm absorbed the acquisition costs of

JP Morgan Securities said Regus (RGU) CEO Mark Dixon agreed to sell 37 million shares at 275p per share, raising £102 million.


Arrow Global (ARW) agreed terms to take ownership of an additional specialist servicing capability and entered a five-year servicing agreement in the Netherlands.

Crossrider (CROS) was up 21.6% to 31p after making cost savings of $2 million and halving its operating loss to $932,000 in the first half of 2016.

Specialty biopharmaceutical company PuriCore (PURI) agreed to sell its supermarket retail business to enable the firm to focus on drug development, triggering a rise of 22.9% to 25.5p.

US focused oil production company Nighthawk (HAWK) settled all litigation and claims from agreements with Running Foxes Petroleum and related issues with RFP's joint venture partner American Patriot Oil and Gas. Shares soared 43.2% to 1.26p.

Low-cost African airline fastjet (FJET) crashed 15.8% to 21.2p after more than doubling its operating loss to £31 million.

Minds + Machines (MMX) proposed to return up to £13 million to shareholders using a tender offer at 13p per share, which represents a premium of 18% to the share price at close of business on 16 September.

UK-based fashion brand French Connection (FCCN) slumped 9.4% to 39.5p on disappointing interim results, which revealed the business was in the red with a shrinking cash balance.

Highland Natural Resources (HNR) said testing of DT Ultravert in the Piceance Basin, US, started in co-operation with Laramie Energy, Schlumberger and Calfrac Well Services, boosting its share price by 37.7%.

Electronics manufacturing firm Judges Scientific (JDG) failed to spark interest as half year results showed orders and profits down despite rising revenues, which suggested pressure on pricing. Shares in the company fell 9.5% to £12.85.

Clontarf (CLON) raised £400,000 via the placing of 80 million shares to fund costs associated with ongoing negotiations regarding the company's Ghanaian assets and additional working capital.

Greatland Gold (GGP) was pushed 21.4% lower following the latest drilling results from its 100%-owned Bromus Project in Western Australia that revealed anomalous levels of silver, zinc, cadmium and sulphur.

Chaarat Gold (CGH) disappointed investors after stating it no longer wants to sell the Tulkubash Heap Leach project. Its shares fell 26.3%.

Drug discovery company e-Therapuetics (ETX) declined 16.5% following half year results that revealed a cash burn of £4.9 million, which is likely to remain high in the second half.