Weaker Sterling Boosts FTSE, Barclays Slides as CEO Steps Down
Barclays was down 2.7% in early deals after it said CEO Jes Staley is to stand down following British regulators’ investigations into his ties with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The FTSE 100 index gained 0.3% by 08:10 GMT, with drugmakers AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline among the top boosts.
Investor focus now is on the Bank of England meeting on Thursday, with a better-than-even chance of the central bank raising interest rates for the first time since the pandemic. [BOEWATCH].
The domestically focussed mid-cap index advanced 0.3%.
Commercial landlord Land Securities Group gained 0.7% after it announced plans to buy the property regeneration firm U and I Group for 190 million pounds ($259.46 million).
(Reporting by Bansari Mayur Kamdar in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)