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FTSE slips on lower oil prices

Weaker commodity prices weighed on miners and oil majors, dragging the FTSE 100 lower by 0.5% to 7,228 around midday.

BP (BP.) slid 1.6% to 496.1p and Royal Dutch Shell (RDSB) lost 0.9% to £24.10.

The wane in oil prices followed a dialling down of tensions over the geo-political situation in Syria. Brent crude oil fell 1.2% to $71.72 per barrel.

Miner Fresnillo (FRES) declined 1.5% to £12.65 and Randgold Resources (RRS) retreated 1.1% to £57.20.


Shares in Costa Coffee and Premier Inn owner Whitbread (WTB) frothed 6.7% higher to £41.97 after activist investor Elliott Advisors became the largest investor in the company. According to reports, Elliott is seeking a spin-off of Costa.

Advertising colossus WPP (WPP) fell 6.1% to £11.15 as investors reacted to the resignation of chief executive Martin Sorrell, who had been subject to a misconduct probe.

Rare diseases specialist Shire (SHP) was up 1.3% at £36.53 after agreeing to sell its oncology business to French rival Servier for $2.4bn amid a potential takeover approach from Takeda.

Polymetal (POLY) announced it will receive 85% of copper-gold East Tarutin deposit licence holder Tarutinskoye in return for 100% of Polymetal's licence holder Vostochny Basis of the copper-gold Tarutin deposit. Its shares dropped 6.7% to 630.4p.


Orosur Mining (OMI) revealed lower production in its third quarter following a change in approach to its Uruguay gold project, dragging the shares 13.4% lower to 5.5p.

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