An unlikely combination of tobacco and drugs stocks are driving the top-share index's advance
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The Footsie pared earlier gains, although the UK-focused FTSE 250 rebounded
The US ADP non-farm employment change figure failed to provide investors with much guidance
The Footsie was 3.4 points ahead at 6841.46 as precious metals lost their shine
FTSE 100 added 8 to 6,825 and the FTSE AIM 0.4% to 792.5
Clinton's scrutiny on drug makers and tomorrow's Jackson Hole speech were the main features this summer's day.
FTSE 100 shed 17 to 6,851, with the FTSE AIM 100 also down by a few points at 3,765.
London's blue chip index was 46 points higher at 6,874
FTSE 100 shed 34 points to 6,824 with miners occupying the bottom seven places.
Financials and house builders nudge the Footsie lower
Ex-div stocks are weighing on the Footsie, which was barely in positive territory
Blue-chips are becalmed after opening lower, though mining stocks continue to provide some cheer
Leading stocks pushed on over the lunchtime session, helped by the strength of oil stocks as the price of Brent crude rallied
The blue chip benchmark opened on the back foot this morning.
After five day's of gains London's FTSE 100 is lower amid new oil price weakness.
FTSE 100 shed seven points to 6,844 with falls evenly spread across the board.