FTSE Gains as Insurers Boosted

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The FTSE 100 climbed on Wednesday after insurers posted a positive performance, noting signs of a rebound in car premiums. Another major gainer was GlaxoSmithKline, who published better-than-expected results for the last quarter.

The AA stated that car insurance premiums had increased for the first time in two years. The average cost of annual comprehensive car insurance is up by 1.2 percent. This news boosted Direct Line Insurance and Admiral, pushing them to the top two positions in the FTSE 100.

Overall, the index closed up by 27.4 points, at 6,399.7. Direct Line Insurance gained 8.5p, while Admiral gained 42p. A similar scenario played out in the FTSE 250, with Esure gaining 13.1p on the news.

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