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Financial markets round-up
Thursday December 20, 2007



Spread betting opportunities : Financial market update


On Wall Street, the major equity indices finished higher on Wednesday, led by strong gains in technology stocks.

The Nasdaq Composite index was up by over 1.5 per cent, adding 39.85 points to finish at 2640.86. The Standard and Poor’s 500 index gained 0.49%, adding 7.12 points to close the session at 1460.12. Dow stocks lagged the market, moving higher by a relatively small 0.29%. At the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 38.37 points higher at 13245.64.

In London, the FTSE 100 index was 0.97% higher on Wednesday. The blue chip index added 61.1 points to close the day at 6345.6. Elsewhere on the London Stock Exchange, the techMARK closed at 1,503.05, up 0.92% and the FTSE 250 finished 1.62% higher at 10,397.20.

FTSE 100 - winners

Johnson Matthey [+5.34%]
British American Tobacco [+3.56%]
DSG International [+3.52%]
Compass Group [+3.12%]
WPP Group [+3.11%]

FTSE 100 - losers

Tullow Oil [-3.08%]
British Energy Group [-1.80%]
Persimmon [-1.59%]
Experian Group [-1.58%]
Centrica [-1.34%]

FTSE 250 - winners

Sports Direct International [+13.12%]
Ultra Electronics Holdings [+7.51%]
BlueBay Asset Management [+6.76%]
National Express Group [+6.60%]
Southern Cross Healthcare Group [+6.06%]

FTSE 250 - losers

Marston's [-2.74%]
Premier Foods [-2.57%]
Henderson Group [-2.56%]
Brit Insurance Holding [-2.31%]
Aquarius Platinum [-2.18%]


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