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FTSE mixed as resources dampen blue chips

The FTSE closed mixed, the blue-chip index an ace below Thursday's closing high, after investors took pause following a heady week of trade. Several resources stocks led the blue-chip ladder lower in what was a session laden with good, bad and ugly news flow.

Nikon's recommended offer for Optos

Optos (OPTS) and Nikon Corp have agreed a recommended cash offer of 340p a share cash for the former company. The deal values Optos at about £259.3m, and was at a premium of 30.5% to Thursday's closing price.

ECR's sampling

ECR Minerals plans to carry out bulk sampling at the Maestro Agüero prospect at the SLM gold project in Argentina next month. This follows results from channel sampling carried out by ECR's wholly owned subsidiary Ochre Mining.

MRS upbeat

Management Resource Solutions (MRS) has hiked its H1 pretax profit to A$0.5m, from A$0.2m. Revenue more than doubled to A$11.4m. Its interim dividend was 0.35p a share.

Rightmove profit

Rightmove has improved its FY pretax profit to £122.04m, from £97.02m. Revenue rose £167.01m, from £139.94m. Its final dividend was 22p a share, from 17p, taking the total to 35p, from 28p.