FTSE 250 movers: National Express, Hochschild gain
London’s FTSE 250 was up 0.1% at 22,930.94 in afternoon trade on Friday.
National Express was on the front foot, having fallen earlier in the week after it was given more time to make a bid for rival Stagecoach.
Hochschild Mining was also among the risers as gold prices gained. Oanda analyst Craig Erlam said: "Gold prices have rallied above $1,800 and appear to be holding firm after as we've moved into the US session.
"The US PMIs appear to have boosted sentiment early on which has weighed on the dollar and given gold a kick through that big resistance level. If it can hold onto the $1,800 handle at the end of the week, it would be a bullish signal."
FTSE 250 - Risers
Baltic Classifieds Group (BCG) 212.00p 4.43%
Essentra (ESNT) 264.50p 3.93%
National Express Group (NEX) 224.80p 3.59%
Petropavlovsk (POG) 25.20p 3.45%
WH Smith (SMWH) 1,592.00p 3.21%
Pets at Home Group (PETS) 481.80p 3.17%
Hochschild Mining (HOC) 150.60p 3.08%
Premier Foods (PFD) 110.60p 2.98%
Ibstock (IBST) 200.20p 2.72%
Ferrexpo (FXPO) 312.60p 2.63%
FTSE 250 - Fallers
Micro Focus International (MCRO) 367.40p -3.29%
Cineworld Group (CINE) 62.32p -3.14%
JTC (JTC) 771.00p -3.02%
AO World (AO.) 151.30p -2.76%
Vistry Group (VTY) 1,171.00p -2.58%
CMC Markets (CMCX) 264.50p -2.58%
Moneysupermarket.com Group (MONY) 219.80p -2.57%
Beazley (BEZ) 367.80p -2.57%
Cairn Energy (CNE) 188.40p -2.33%
Auction Technology Group (ATG) 1,348.00p -2.32%