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Barclays deal talks lift banks higher

The FTSE 100 opened higher this morning at 4,385 and continued to fare well on the back of gains made in the banking sector.

By 9.28am, the index was up 0.5 per cent to 4,384 with Barclays 9.5 per cent higher at 277p following reports that the bank was in talks to sell its asset management division Barclays Global Investors for around £6.5bn.

Lloyds Banking Group jumped 3.8 per cent to 91.10p, Royal Bank of Scotland gained 7.3 per cent to 42.40p and HSBC was up 1.9 per cent to 549.75p.

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