Upbeat earnings keep FTSE 100 near record highs, Entain tumbles
Reuters · 09 Feb 1.1K Views

Market makers work on the trading floor at IG Index in London, Britain January 14, 2016. REUTERS.

  • FTSE 100 up 0.5%, FTSE 250 adds 0.2%
Feb 9 (Reuters) - A slate of upbeat earnings from blue-chip companies kept UK's FTSE 100 pinned near record levels on Thursday, although shares of Entain tumbled after a report suggested U.S. casino operator MGM was ending talks to takeover the betting firm.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 (.FTSE) rose 0.5% by 0820 GMT, hovering near record levels hit in the previous session, while the midcap FTSE 250 index (.FTMC) inched up 0.2%.

Unilever (ULVR.L) rose 0.5% after the consumer goods giant reported quarterly underlying sales growth above expectations, helped by higher prices for its detergents, soaps and packaged food.

AstraZeneca (AZN.L) jumped 1.7% after the drugmaker beat expectations with fourth-quarter profits despite lower than expected sales of its best-selling oncology and rare blood disorder drugs.

Entain (ENT.L) tumbled 11.4%, after a Jefferies report pointed to MGM's (MGM.N) chief executive officer saying the company had "moved on" from the gambling firm amid speculation of a takeover.

British American Tobacco (BATS.L) fell 3.9% after it reported full-year results and said it expects to complete the sale of its Russian business to its local partner in 2023. The company controlled almost a quarter of the Russian market before the country invaded Ukraine.

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