(Sharecast News) – London’s FTSE 100 was up 0.4% at 7,348.16 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
JD Sports was the standout gainer, having slumped earlier in the week on the back of warnings from US peers Foot Locker and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Aviva, Legal & General and St James’s Place all fell as they traded without entitlement to the dividend.
CRH lost ground even as the building materials company posted higher first-half revenue and profits as “significant” contributions from acquisitions and higher prices offset inflation. Revenue for the six months to June 30 rose 8% to $16.1bn. Core earnings were up 14% to $2.5bn.
Looking ahead, CRH said operations in North America were expected to be supported by robust infrastructure demand, underpinned by significant increases in US federal and state funding, as well as “good activity in key non-residential segments, supported by government funding initiatives in clean energy and onshoring of critical manufacturing”.
FTSE 100 – Risers
JD Sports Fashion (JD.) 138.20p 3.79%
Rolls-Royce Holdings (RR.) 205.90p 2.03%
Convatec Group (CTEC) 229.80p 1.68%
Croda International (CRDA) 5,390.00p 1.66%
Ocado Group (OCDO) 749.80p 1.65%
Beazley (BEZ) 542.50p 1.50%
B&M European Value Retail S.A. (DI) (BME) 570.60p 1.35%
Tesco (TSCO) 256.00p 1.07%
BAE Systems (BA.) 991.40p 1.06%
Melrose Industries (MRO) 504.00p 0.96%
FTSE 100 – Fallers
Aviva (AV.) 371.10p -2.50%
CRH (CDI) (CRH) 4,406.00p -2.41%
Legal & General Group (LGEN) 214.90p -2.32%
Glencore (GLEN) 424.10p -2.09%
Anglo American (AAL) 2,015.00p -1.83%
Mondi (MNDI) 1,258.50p -1.68%
Antofagasta (ANTO) 1,405.00p -1.47%
BT Group (BT.A) 112.80p -1.27%
St James’s Place (STJ) 863.60p -1.08%
Endeavour Mining (EDV) 1,653.00p -0.96%