Gold miners Centamin and Petropavlovsk were benefiting from bullish remarks from Nomura about the gold sector.
‘Gold remains fundamentally supported by long-term trends’, including increasing gold holdings within central bank reserves and strong Chinese demand.
Essar Energy, the India-focused integrated energy company, was in the red despite saying that the first of two 255MW units at its Vadinar Phase 2 power plant has been synchronised with the transmission grid.
Industrial property specialist Segro fell after selling four ‘non-core’ industrial estates for £204.5m.
FTSE 250 – Risers
Centamin (DI) (CEY) 68.75p +6.51%
Micro Focus International (MCRO) 507.00p +3.79%
Petropavlovsk (POG) 466.70p +2.50%
Greene King (GNK) 530.50p +2.12%
Domino’s Pizza Group (DOM) 511.50p +2.10%
Ashtead Group (AHT) 256.50p +1.79%
COLT Group SA (COLT) 124.90p +1.71%
Spirit Pub Company (SPRT) 49.00p +1.55%
Dixons Retail (DXNS) 17.50p +1.39%
Menzies(John) (MNZS) 574.00p +1.32%
FTSE 250 – Fallers
Talvivaara Mining Company (TALV) 159.70p -7.26%
Essar Energy (ESSR) 117.00p -7.00%
Heritage Oil (HOIL) 120.90p -4.28%
Premier Oil (PMO) 325.80p -4.23%
Regus (RGU) 83.55p -3.74%
Ophir Energy (OPHR) 591.00p -3.67%
Kenmare Resources (KMR) 40.02p -3.66%
International Personal Finance (IPF) 247.70p -3.43%
Afren (AFR) 98.60p -3.24%
Ferrexpo (FXPO) 205.40p -3.20%