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Tuesday 02nd of December 2008
July 4, 2006

FTSE 100 declines, but only slightly


by Elaine Frei

Equities markets in London were mixed but closed very close to Monday’s levels on Tuesday as investors indulged in profit-taking after gains in the past four trading sessions. The FTSE 100 dropped 0.02 percent, less than a point, to 4,883.5. The FTSE 250 was up 0.09 percent to 9,505.6. With US markets closed for the Independence Day holiday, volume was light with only 1.9 billion shares trading hands.

The property sector saw gains among both blue-chip and mid-cap stocks. On the 100, both British Land and Land Securities added 2.8 percent, to £13.33 and £18.79 respectively. Hammerson gained 3.1 percent to £12.41. Over on the 250, Shaftesbury was up 4.8 percent to 549p, while St Modwen rose 4.9 percent to 469p and Great Portland Estates gained 534¾p.

Among telecoms, Vodafone was up 1 percent to 119p on positive comments from Deutsche Bank.

Positive sentiment from Goldman Sachs sent Marks & Spencer 1.9 percent higher to 598p, as it added the retailer to its ‘Conviction Buy List’.

On the other hand AstraZeneca dropped 2.7 percent to £32.19 when ING downgraded the drug maker from “buy” to “hold”, saying that its 12.7 percent share price rise in the past month raises issues of valuation.

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