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02 Apr 2019 | 09:16

FTSE 100 makes gains as Brexit deadlock hits sterling

The FTSE 100 was up 0.5% to 7,355.41 supported by sterling weakness as MPs rejected several Brexit options in a series of indicative votes last night, making a no deal exit from the EU seem more likely in the eyes of many observers.

BHP lowered its iron ore production estimates as the impact of Tropical Cyclone Veronica reduced production by approximately 6m to 8m tonnes. The shares were broadly flat

Building materials group CRH completed the fourth phase of its share buyback programme, returning a further €200m of cash to shareholders. The shares ticked up 0.1%.

Budget airline Wizz Air gained 3.9% as it said it expected to report full year profit at the upper end of current guidance.

Housebuilding and construction group Galliford Try signed an agreement with Homes England to build more than 850 homes across key sites in Redcar, Cheshire, Staffordshire and Dorset. The shares were up 1.4%.

Gear4music warned on profits as product margins took a hit from increased costs and rising competition offsetting a 36% jump in sales for the 13 months through March 2019. The shares fell 5.1% to 204p.

Polling and research firm YouGov slipped 1.1% despite reporting an 18% increase in revenue and 41% increase in operating profit for the first half. The shares have been strong so far this year.

DP Eurasia, master franchisee of the Domino's Pizza brand in Turkey, Russia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, swung to annual loss as a jump in sales was offset by higher costs and a slump in the Turkish lira. The shares ticked up 0.5% to 84.6p Story provided by StockMarketWire.com
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