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FTSE 100 drops as miners drag; Barclays jumps on strong earnings
Published at 28/07/2021 at 08:29

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* FTSE 100 down 0.1%, FTSE 250 adds 0.5%

July 28 (Reuters) - London's FTSE 100 slipped on Wednesday, weighed down by heavyweight miners, although gains in Barclays on the back of strong earnings helped limit losses.

British lender Barclays gained 4.1%, after first-half profit nearly quadrupled as it followed Wall Street rivals in reaping bumper investment banking fees from frenzied dealmaking.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 eased 0.1% with BHP Group

, Anglo American , Glencore and Rio Tinto among top drags.

The domestically focussed mid-cap index rose 0.5%, led by travel stocks

Wizz Air jumped 4% to be the top mid-cap gainer after it said it expected to ramp up capacity to between 90% and 100% of pre-pandemic levels this month and next as summer demand for European travel grows.

Homebuilders were among the top gainers, up 1.4% after British house prices rose 10.5% in July compared with the same month last year, although prices fell by 0.5% from June.

(Reporting by Shashank Nayar in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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