FTSE 100 movers: Vodafone rallies on results; DCC slumps
London's FTSE 100 was up 0.6% at 7,371.56 in afternoon trade on Tuesday.
Vodafone was a high riser after it lifted its full-year profit guidance and said core organic earnings increased 1.4% in the first half.
Aveva gained after the software company said it swung to a profit in the first half, with good growth across all its geographic regions.
ITV advanced as the broadcaster said strong US demand for its reality programming drove a rise in third-quarter advertising revenues to the top end of expectations.
Sainsbury's was in the green after the latest data from research firm Kantar showed that it suffered the least steep sales decline out of the big four supermarkets in the 12 weeks to 3 November.
SSE was trading up ahead of its half-year results on Wednesday.
On the downside, sales, marketing and support services group DCC slumped despite releasing in-line first-half results and announcing the acquisition of Ion Laboratories, a US provider of contract manufacturing and related services to the health supplements market.
Tesco was weaker as the Kantar data revealed a 0.6% drop in sales.
Meggitt was down after the aerospace engineer upgraded its full-year revenue forecasts but said operating margins would be at the lower end of guidance due to the Boeing 737MAX groundings and supply chain pressure as aircraft production increased.
FTSE 100 - Risers
United Utilities Group (UU.) 875.35p 3.74%
Vodafone Group (VOD) 166.24p 3.72%
Aveva Group (AVV) 4,402.00p 3.38%
Evraz (EVR) 360.30p 2.65%
Severn Trent (SVT) 2,299.50p 2.29%
SSE (SSE) 1,290.10p 1.90%
ITV (ITV) 138.40p 1.80%
BT Group (BT.A) 196.30p 1.72%
Sainsbury (J) (SBRY) 207.30p 1.62%
Halma (HLMA) 1,908.50p 1.46%
FTSE 100 - Fallers
DCC (DCC) 6,960.00p -5.61%
Fresnillo (FRES) 636.50p -3.03%
Tesco (TSCO) 233.40p -1.81%
Polymetal International (POLY) 1,160.00p -1.28%
Rightmove (RMV) 587.00p -1.18%
Smiths Group (SMIN) 1,615.50p -1.10%
Persimmon (PSN) 2,424.00p -1.06%
Meggitt (MGGT) 623.20p -0.99%
Auto Trader Group (AUTO) 529.80p -0.97%
Ocado Group (OCDO) 1,091.50p -0.95%