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FTSE 100 reverses losses to head higher

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The UK stock market headed higher, reversing early losses, as several shares were boosted by broker upgrades.Shortly before midday the FTSE 100 index was up 4.54 points at 7,414.18.Easyjet was the biggest riser in the index, up 2.6%, after Paribas raised its rating on the airline to “neutral” from “underperform”.GlaxoSmithKline was another firm to benefit from broker comment, rising 1.8% after UBS lifted its rating on the drug giant to “buy” from “neutral”.Shares in Aviva rose 1.6% after a report in the Sunday Times said the insurer was planning to spend more than £1bn on a share buyback.Pearson shares fell 1.9% after the education group said it had sold its language teaching unit Wall Street English for $300m (£225m).The firm said the sale was part of its focus on “a smaller number of bigger opportunities in global education”.Pearson has struggled recently, issuing several profit warnings, and in March it reported a record £2.6bn loss after writing down the value of US assets.Outside the FTSE 100, shares in Patisserie Valerie owner Patisserie Holdings rose 6.6% after the company reported a 17% rise in full-year profits to £20.2m.Ocado shares were up 6.1%, with traders putting the move down to reports that the online grocer could be about to strike a deal with Swedish retailer ICA Gruppen.On the currency markets, the pound edged up 0.1% against the dollar to $1.3348 and was little unchanged against the euro at €1.1181.
Source: BBC News

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