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FTSE pushes higher

The FTSE opened at 4,671 today rising as high as 4,687 in early trades with help from mining and financial stocks.

By 9.17am, the index was 0.7 per cent higher at 4,679 with Rio Tinto gaining 3.3 per cent to 2,320p, BHP Billiton up 1.5 per cent to 1,527p and Anglo American up 0.8 per cent to 1,836p.

Banks remained upbeat ahead of consumer price index inflation data due out this morning with Royal Bank of Scotland up 1.3 per cent to 45,49p, Lloyds Banking Group rising 1.1 per cent to 96.02p and HSBC up 3 per cent to 656.90p.
Barclays slipped 1.4 per cent to 342.50p.


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