The blue-chip index rose 0.1% with miners adding more than 1% on higher metal prices. [MET/L]
Aero and defence stocks rose 1.3% with Rolls-Royce among the biggest gainers.
Aveva Group jumped 2.2% after Barclays upgraded the stock to “overweight” from “neutral”.
However, gains on the index were limited by oil majors BP and Royal Dutch Shell, which slipped more than 0.5% each on lower crude prices. [O/R]
The domestically focused mid-cap FTSE 250 index advanced 0.2%.
Equiniti Group jumped 8.9% after the British administration services and payments specialist agreed to be taken over by a new company backed by private-equity firm Siris Capital in a 673 million pound ($949 million) deal. Reporting by Devik Jain in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu