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Rachel Cooper 721PM GMT 09 Mar 2010

Having appearance at the top close given prior to the fall of Lehman Brothers on Monday, the blue-chip index slipped behind 4.42 points to 5602.3, as investors mulled over poorer-than-expected UK trade figures.

But, the premier index is still drifting high compared to a year ago yesterday when, in the shade of the monetary crisis, it strike a six-year low of 3460. Since then, the FTSE 100 has rallied by around 60pc.

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Coming in to concentration yesterday were the banks after a discreet note from Jonathan Pierce at Credit Suisse, who argued that there were "elephants in the room" when it came to deliberation the destiny opening of UK banks together with Basel III collateral mandate and appropriation constraints.

Mr Pierce"s outcome of the zone was that is is "at most appropriate satisfactory value for now". Barclays is his prime bank with an "outperform" rating and aim cost of 375p, Lloyds Banking Group is "neutral" with a 50p aim cost and Royal Bank of Scotland has an "underperform" ranking and a 35p target.

In an additional blow for financials yesterday, Moody"s Investors Services warned that British banks and lenders that have not softened their appropriation on all sides competence have their monetary strength ratings cut as supervision await for the industry is withdrawn.

Lloyds Banking Group finished the day down 0.47 to 53.18p and Royal Bank of Scotland lost 0.49 to 38.98p, whilst Barclays edged up 0.8 to 345.8p. Standard Chartered Bank, however, fell behind 50p to �17.25p.

But the greatest faller was genuine estate group, Liberty International, that slipped twenty to 486p, following weaker-than-expected formula and headlines that it is to separate the portfolio in to dual businesses, one focused on UK selling centres and the alternative on Central London blurb properties.

Panmure Gordon pronounced there was a little beating that liberation in net item value had not suited the peers, but combined the due demerger was "welcome news" and should give the commercial operation larger trade flexibility.

Liberty was assimilated on the loserboard by the genuine estate investment certitude peers, with Hammerson down 6.3 to 390.2p, Segro off 4.9 at 333.6p and British Land slipping 6.2 to 457.5p.

At the certain finish of the table, Aggreko, the association that not long ago won the stipulate to supply energy to the World Cup, wore the yellow jersey rising 21p to �10.66 after a pull from UBS that saw the attorney up the company"s aim cost to �12.00 from 985p.

Some defensives were in foster yesterday with GlaxoSmithKline rising 19p to �12.55p. But Imperial Tobacco slid 54p to �20.91 after UBS cut the rating to "sell" from "neutral".

It was a churned day for miners with metals prices faltering. Antofagasta rose 11p to �10.05 after stating reduce revenues, but pronounced 2010 outlay would burst 23pc.

Its peers, however, were slipping, with Randgold Resources dropping 75p to �50.05 and Fresnillo descending 8 to 840p.

Among the second-liners, that yesterday forsaken behind 11.71 points to 9774.68, Weir Group was heading the charge, effervescent up 67 roughly 8pc to 926p, after a better-than-expected trade refurbish and a fibre of cost upgrades.

The engineering commercial operation that creates pumps and valves for the mining, oil and gas industries, posted full-year distinction forward of expectations and pronounced it was carefree of increasing sequence money coming in via 2010.

As a result, Altium lifted Weir"s aim cost to 974p from 741p, KBC Peel Hunt lifted them to 940p from 880p and Panmure upped them to 960p from 885p. Numis and Investec additionally lifted their ratings to "buy".

At the alternative finish of the scale, Shanks fell behind 18.2 or 15.12pc to 102.2p after the rubbish supervision association called a hindrance to buyout talks with Carlyle.

The in isolation equity organisation had offering a marked down 120p per share offer, valuing the commercial operation at �476m, reduce than the 135p-per-share suggest tabled in December.

Analysts at JP Morgan pronounced the proclamation "will obviously defect investors" but remarkable the shares were already factoring in the risk of a reduce bid or no bid at all.

Misys was additionally on the slide, dropping 7.3 to 236.3p, following a "sell" rating from Citigroup.

"We competence come opposite as regularly receiving the "glass-is-half-empty" perspective on Misys," argued the analysts. "However, the main disproportion is not plan or turnaround but especially on timing." Citigroup lifted their aim cost on Misys to 190p from 175p. British supervision holds rose yesterday as equities ran out of steam and a 12-year-gilt auction was well-received.

Investors put in bids value some-more than twice the �3bn of Mar 2022 gilts on suggest and analysts pronounced the auction had left well.

As gilts climbed, the produce on the 10-year-bond fell 5 basement points to 4.05pc.

The two-year-yield forsaken 8 basement points to 1.24pc.

The Debt Management Office currently plans to sell �900m of inflation-linked gilts due 2032.


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