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FTSE ends lower as blue-chip trinity weighs

FTSE indices entrenched their midday falls to close lower, with Barclays (BARC), Glencore (GLEN) and Smith & Nephew (SN.) disappointing investors and leading their respective sectors south. Wall St opened lower with the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P500 all sliding.

Barclays' FY pretax profit plunges 21%

Barclays has booked a 21% fall in FY pretax profit to £2.26bn. It has upped its provision to cover any fallout from an investigation into forex market manipulation by £750m to £1.25bn.

Filtronic's cuts

Filtronic is to cut jobs in the UK and overseas to reduce costs as it warned that revenues from its Wireless business in the latter months of the second half will not build up as quickly as expected.

Physiomics' deal

Oxford-based biology company Physiomics has signed its first contract for developing Virtual Tumour Clinical with a global pharmaceutical company. The client is Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical division of Merck, Germany.

ISG in the red

International construction services group ISG plunged into the red in the six months to the end of December with its results hit by the performance of older contracts in its UK construction division.