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London's FTSE 100 rises on robust earnings, dividends
Published at 29/07/2021 at 08:28

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* FTSE 100 up 0.4%, FTSE 250 adds 0.2%

July 29 (Reuters) - London's FTSE 100 gained on Thursday, as encouraging earnings and huge dividend payouts from some of UK's biggest corporates outweighed worries around rising inflation and COVID-19 cases.

The blue-chip index rose 0.4%, led by oil major Royal Dutch Shell , miner Anglo American , and pest control company Rentokil Initial .

Shell jumped 3.3% to be the top boost to the FTSE 100. Its second-quarter profit jumped to $5.5 billion, the highest in over two years, prompting the company to raise its dividend and launch a $2 million share buyback programme.

Global miner Anglo American gained 3.6% after it increased its shareholder payout to $4.1 billion, including a $1 billion buyback, after bumper profits from the first six months of 2021.

The domestically focussed mid-cap index climbed 0.2%.

Lloyd's Banking Group , caterer Compass Group

and information provider Relx added 1.0% to 2.5% after reporting strong results.

(Reporting by Shashank Nayar in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V)

((Shashank.Nayar@thomsonreuters.com; within U.S. +1 646 223 8780; outside U.S. +91 80 6182 2256;))

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