Miners lead falls, banks up in FTSE
LONDON: The FTSE 100 slipped back on Thursday with most sectors falling in thin trading, but with banks rallying after falls on Wednesday. The Footsie is struggling to finish 2010 above the 6,000 mark. The top tier closed above the 6,000 level for the first time since June 2008 on Christmas Eve as a ' Santa rally' helped blue chips move higher.
On Thursday, the last full day of trading before the end of the year, the FTSE 100 was 6.69 points lower at 5989.67. Heavyweights such as BP are among those lower today.
The oil giant is 2.55p lower at 470.8p.Banks and retailers did their best to prop up the top flight as Barclays rose 2.15p to 266.85p, part-nationalised Lloyds Banking Group added 0.2p to 67.8p and Tesco cheered 1.1p to 436.5p. In currency, the pound is at $1.5491 compared to $1.5464 at the previous close. -PB News