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FTSE up on financials, property, utilities amid ex-divs

London stocks were firming in early deals, albeit under the shadow of multiple FTSE 350 ex-dividends, with blue-chip commercial property, utilities and financials enjoying notable gains.

Glencore in talks over Rosneft stake

Glencore has confirmed it is in final-stage negotiations regarding a transaction involving the acquisition, as part of a consortium with the Qatar Investment Authority, of a 19.5% interest in Rosneft for €10.2 billion.

Press Roundup

A summary of Thursday's business headlines. Coverage of Brexit and the Supreme Court, Donald Trump and the US elections, Tata Steel, Pfizer, AT&T, Sage, HSBC, Glencore, Rio Tinto, HMRC, and much more ...

Gleeson's demand

Demand has been strong at Gleeson Homes with net reservations up 20%, shareholders at MJ Gleeson's annual general meeting today will be told.

National Grid deal

National Grid has agreed to sell a 61% equity interest in its UK gas distribution business (NGGD) to a consortium of long-term infrastructure investors. It flagged a return of 4bn net proceeds to shareholders.