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FTSE lower after strong run

The FTSE 100 opened lower this morning at 4,491 after enjoying its strongest run in four years with profit-taking leaving equities weaker.

By 9.28am, the index was down 0.6 per cent at 4,455. By 1.57pm, it had lifted to 4,468.

Insurer Friends Provident was 2.1 per cent higher at 72.91p but Standard Life dropped 1.4 per cent to 192.60p and Prudential slipped 1.1 per cent to 413.75p.

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