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FTSE firms on crude oil gains, mixed sectors up

FTSE indices were higher midday as rising oil stocks benefitted from firmer crude pricing, with financial, retail and energy stocks also up. Near noon, FTSE 100 was up 45.92 points, or 0.7%, to 6591.19, while FTSE 250 was up 38.56 points, or 0.24%, to 15,927.5.

Kier JV preferred bidder for Thames Water alliance

Kier Group has been named, in joint venture with Clancy Docwra, as a preferred bidder for Thames Water's major new £1.0bn alliance, with an estimated value to the joint venture of £500m over the next five years.

Petards's win

Petards, the AIM quoted developer of advanced security and surveillance systems, has been awarded a contract by the Ministry of Defence ("MOD") to provide defensive aids equipment for use on aircraft within its fleet.

REM chipper

Rare Earth Minerals said, following a scoping study, it believes the the El Sauz and Fleur Lithium Project in Mexico has potential to be one of the world's largest Lithium Carbonate (LCE) producers, capable of producing up to an average of 75,600 tonnes LCE a year, or about 45% of the estimated global production in 2012.

SHFT's contracts

Shaft Sinkers Holdings, the international shaft sinking and underground construction group, said it had received notices of termination from members of the Implats Group concerning its Leeuwkop and Impala 16 Shaft contracts.