UK stocks drift lower but still finish up on the day

16:38 09/10/2019 - UK stocks drifted back slightly on Wednesday afternoon, but managed to close in positive territory on a slightly weaker pound which assisted exporters and hopes of a positive outcome to US-China trade talks.

At 1630, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 24.38 points, or 0.34%, at 7.167.53.

Home improvement company Kingfisher fell 1.19% to 186.45p after it appointed Bernard Bot as its chief financial officer.

Bot was most recently CFO of travel technology platform Travelport Worldwide.

Gambling group GVC rallied 5.07% to 788p as it lifted its earnings outlook on the back of strong online revenue growth.

Auto retailer Vertu Motors rallied 4.15% to 33.9p despite reporting a 7.1% fall in first-half profit, as challenging trading conditions put pressure on car margins.

Tube manipulation specialist Tricorn tumbled 37.78% to 11.2p after it warned of a full-year result 'materially below' expectations, amid a UK demand slump and margin pressure owing to the US-China trade war.

Industrial and healthcare sector manufacturer Scapa was up 5.1% at 206p despite guiding for a 17% fall in first-half profit, owing to the loss of a key contract with ConvaTec.

Specialist engineering group Pressure Technologies jumped 9.23% to 106.5p after subsidiary Chesterfield Special Cylinders secured a contract worth more than £3m to supply nitrogen storage solutions to EDF Energy.

Advanced materials group Versarien added 0.36% to 96.85p on signing a collaboration agreement with Spanish industrial furnace manufacturer Refractory Solutions Insertec.

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