Signs of a pick-up in support for Scottish independence impacted on the pound and left shares in The movement came as a poll by
Miners were pushed higher on the back of a vote by the Australian government to scrap a 30 per cent tax on mining profits.
The move saw
The other main focus of the session was on the housebuilding sector after
It has benefited from the Government's Help to Buy scheme but its sales rate has slowed in the new financial year, in part due to the impact of new mortgage rules. After initially rising, shares were 2.7p lower at 278.3p, as
Tesco, which warned on profits for the third time this year on Friday, was 5.4p higher at 230.9p, while Sainsbury's cheered by almost two per cent or 5.2p to 294.7p.
At the same time it cut its guidance on rival engineer IMI to neutral from outperform, saying Weir had a better profile and relative cash conversion. Weir lifted 67p to 2706p, IMI fell 25p to 1329p.
Pub group JD Wetherspoon lifted 12.5p to 754.5p after brokers at
The biggest risers on the
The biggest fallers were
US stocks ended mostly lower yesterday, retreating from records set the previous month, as falling crude oil prices dragged energy shares down and offset strong manufacturing data.
The S&P energy index fell 1.3 per cent as the prospect of slowing demand for oil in
Despite the day's declines, energy shares have overall performed well, with the S&P 500 energy sector outperforming the wider S&P index so far in 2014.
Factory activity rose to its highest in nearly three-and-a-half years last month, and construction spending reboun-ded strongly in July. Of the 30 stocks in the Dow industrials,
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 30.89 points, or 0.18 per cent, to 17,067.56. The S&P 500 ended down 1.09 points, or 0.05 per cent, at 2,002.28. The Nasdaq Composite added 17.92 points, or 0.39 per cent, to end at 4,598.19.
Electric car maker
Signs of a pick-up in support for Scottish independence impacted on the pound and left shares in
The movement came as a poll by