Admiral tops risers on higher car insurance
At least the situation in Greece seemed to be edging towards greater clarity and stability and has contributed to a mini-rally in UK and European stocks rally in recent weeks, even though shares are well off their April peak.
Gold prices were steady, just above a five-year low though some investors expect further declines.
Among gainers in equities were car insurers Admiral – which topped the risers – Direct Line and eSure which were all up on the back of rising insurance premiums.
Easyjet fell the most among blue-chip stocks, shedding 55p to 1666p after Commerzbank cut the airline’s price target from 1700p to 1550p.