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Banks steady FTSE

The FTSE 100 opened at 4,330 today and after a rollercoaster ride morning managed to hold onto gains in afternoon trades.

By 1.19pm, the FTSE was 0.8 per cent higher at 4,362 with help from the banks.

Barclays was 2.9 per cent higher at 286.75p, Lloyds Banking Group was 5.1 per cent higher at 70.20p and Royal Bank of Scotland had gained 3.4 per cent at 39.20p.


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