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%
An improved outlook from the Bank of England (BoE) lifted UK markets into the blue by Wednesday lunchtime as investors shrugged off disappointing growth figures from the Eurozone and rising unemployment at home. [15 May '13]
Worse-than-expected growth figures from Eurozone powerhouses Germany and France dampened market sentiment in London on Wednesday morning, as stocks pulled back after hitting fresh multiyear highs the day before. [15 May '13]
BP, Shell and a number of other oil majors are under investigation by European regulators into whether they rigged the price of oil for over a decade, writes The Telegraph. Authorities raided offices of the companies yesterday after MPs and officials suggested that the oil price could be vulnerable to being manipulated in the same way as LIBOR was rigged by the banks. [15 May '13]
"Royal Bank of Scotland is poised to send the clearest signal yet that it is ready for the government to begin reprivatising its majority stake," writes the Financial Times. The paper says that the bank is expected to announce plans for a share sale that could start as soon as next year. [3 May '13]
In spite of falling operating profits and production in its first quarter, oil and gas outfit BG Group still beat expectations with its results yesterday, according to the Tempus column in The Times. [3 May '13]
After a subdued start, the FTSE 100 ended Thursday's session in a volatile fashion as traders digested an underwhelming interest-rate cut from the European Central Bank (ECB), comments from Mario Draghi and better-than-expected economic data from the States. [2 May '13]
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