Broadcaster ITV surged after reporting double-digit revenues and profit growth in the first half, as its 'Transformation Plan' "continues to gain momentum", according to CEO Adam Crozier.
Power systems group Rolls-Royce advanced after saying that underlying revenues and pre-tax profits rose 5% and 7% in the first half, respectively, and said it expects "good" growth for the full year.
Intertek, the international provider of quality and safety services, also gained after it delivered soaring revenues and strong profit growth in the six months to the end of June.
Consumer products firm Unilever jumped after turnover increased 11.5% in the first six months of the year. CEO Paul Polman said that the group is continuing to deliver volume growth ahead of its markets and gained value share across the majority of the business.
Publishing group Reed Elsevier was a high riser after underlying revenues grew 5% in the first half, with all five business areas showing growth.
Catering firm Compass also rose after delivering a "good" performance in the third quarter, as strong growth in North America and emerging markets offset weakness in Europe.
Meanwhile, oil major Royal Dutch Shell was leading the fallers after second-quarter earnings dropped from $8bn to $6bn in the second quarter, as profits have tracked energy prices lower.
Real estate investment trust Capital Shopping Centres Group (CSCG) fell after reporting a 2.3% LFL decline in net rental income in the first half.
FTSE 100 - Risers
Polymetal International (POLY) 875.50p +7.89%
Rolls-Royce Holdings (RR.) 886.00p +6.81%
ITV (ITV) 76.10p +6.58%
Intertek Group (ITRK) 2,855.00p +6.09%
Unilever (ULVR) 2,255.00p +5.37%
Reed Elsevier (REL) 542.50p +5.03%
Compass Group (CPG) 681.00p +4.37%
Weir Group (WEIR) 1,595.00p +3.91%
Wolseley (WOS) 2,324.00p +3.80%
Aviva (AV.) 277.70p +3.50%
FTSE 100 - Fallers
Royal Dutch Shell 'A' (RDSA) 2,134.00p -2.42%
Royal Dutch Shell 'B' (RDSB) 2,214.50p -2.23%
Capital Shopping Centres Group (CSCG) 321.60p -1.98%
Nelson Mandela, who led his country to democracy after serving 27 years in prison, has died aged 95. President Zuma of South Africa said in a televised address: "The founding father of our nation has departed. May his soul rest in peace. God bless Africa." Mr Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon who became his country's first black president, died peacefully in his home with his family at his bedside. - The Times [Fri 07:33]
Airlines IAG and easyJet were both higher after oil prices went into decline following the deal with Iran which eased export sanctions for the latter and significantly lowered tensions in the Middle East. [25 Nov '13]
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