The FTSE has taken its cue from global markets overnight after a coronavirus treatment was approved by US regulators.
Bunzl (LON:BNZL) is in positive territory after it resumed dividend payments following a strong jump in profits after a boost in demand for COVID-19 related products and grocery items.
Meanwhile - Tiziana Life Sciences PLC (LON:TILS, NASDAQ:TLSA) has received a US patent for its TZLS-501 antibody technology being developed to treat the life-threatening effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Elsewhere - Base Resources (LON:BSE) delivered profits of US$39.6mln, and has declared their maiden dividend after the company said its operations in Kenya maintained production during the coronavirus crisis.
Blackbird Plc (LON:BIRD) has revealed that its cloud video editing platform has been selected by production company Live X for use at the US Democratic National Convention, which was held from Monday to Thursday last week.
Shanta Gold Ltd (LON:SHG) posts revenue of US$73mln from gold production at its mine in Tanzania during the six months to 30 June 2020, up from US$53.6mln last year.