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October 16, 2006

FTSE 100 finds new five-year high


by Elaine Frei

London equities markets were mixed on Monday as the FTSE 100 hit a five-year high, gaining 21 points to 6,178.3 but the FTSE 250 dropped 14.9 points to 10,384.1.

Lloyds TSB was 1.3 percent higher to 588½p on rumors that it turned down a bid for its Scottish Widows life assurance unit from Swiss Re and Axa. Some analysts are not optimistic that such a deal would be completed, and Lloyds would not comment on the offer, which was said to have been for £8 billion.

Also seeing a gain on the session was ITV, which added 2 percent to 102¾p on an upgrade from “equal-weight” to “overweight” from Morgan Stanley on the theory that the broadcaster’s shares have reached its low and that better news on advertisements could attract private equity.

PartyGaming dropped 7.2 percent to 32p, a new low share price, after UBS cut its target share price on the online gamer to only 26p. Online gamers have been in a slump since the signing of legislation making most online gambling illegal in the United States.

Among other loses on the session, Cadbury Schweppes was 1.5 percent lower to 549½p on a downgrade from “buy” to “neutral” from Merrill Lynch, while EMI dropped 0.2 percent to 269½p after a warning that the music group expects total revenues to drop by around 3 percent for the half-year that ended September 30.

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