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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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Equity markets globally currently remain vulnerable to sharp shifts in sentiment caused by either unexpected or unwelcome outcomes in key upcoming political events (the US and German elections, Brexit and the Italian referendum). These top-down influences, combined with the current low global growth environment, will likely lead to broadly directionless markets, and prolong the current low beta return environment. We do, though, […]


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