The blue-chip index rose 0.1% with drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc adding 1.5% after China’s health regulator approved Tagrisso, its lung cancer treatment, as adjuvant treatment for patients with early-stage lung cancer.
Miners rose, with Glencore Plc adding 1.7% after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to “buy” from “neutral”.
Oil and gas stocks rose 0.1% on tracking higher crude prices.
However, gains were capped by Britain’s biggest retailer Tesco which tumbled 4.1% as the cost of adapting the business for a pandemic wiped out its “exceptionally strong” sales.
The domestically focussed mid-cap FTSE 250 index traded 0.1%. Reporting by Devik Jain in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber