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FTSE mixed as resources keep blue chips buoyant

FTSE indices were mixed to midday with gains among big-ticket resources issues contributing to an overall positive top-100 stocks ladder, while mid caps eased. Europe was moderately firmer. SABMiller (SAB), Astrazeneca (AZN) and Tesco (TSCO) were prominent movers.

Sports Direct takes control of Warrnambool

Sports Direct International has entered into a sale and purchase agreement that, following completion, will give it a controlling stake of more than 50% in Warrnambool, the holding company of Heatons.

BOD's drilling

Botswana Diamonds has confirmed that a three-hole drilling programme on licence PL 210 in the Orapa region of Botswana, has been completed.


Strat Aero has agreed a joint venture with UAV Airways, a privately owned company which specialises in the provision of UAV training, including qualifying future UAV pilots.

Grafenia's sale

Grafenia has completed the sale of Dutch subsidiary Grafenia BV to Rosso BV, a privately owned Dutch company, for 2.25m euros cash. Grafenia BV was acquired in 2010 for 2.0m euros, paid part in cash and in part by the issue of ordinary shares in the company.