Ex-dividend firms drag down FTSE 100



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(Open): London’s leading shares opened lower on Thursday after several big companies went ex-dividend.

Among those trading without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out were Hammerson and London Stock Exchange, down 2.7% and 1.8% respectively.

Overall, the FTSE 100 index was 24.94 points or 0.36% lower at 6,810.84.

On the currency markets, the pound fell 0.13% against the dollar to $1.3216 and was 0.17% lower against the euro at €1.1727.


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