London’s main shares dipped in early Thursday buying and selling, with the losers’ record dominated by firms which have gone ex-dividend.
Drugmaker AstraZeneca led the downward development, shedding 2.7%.
Imperial, Royal Dutch Shell and BP additionally took a flip for the more severe after buying and selling with out entitlement to their newest dividend pay-out.
Total, the benchmark FTSE 100 index of prime shares was down eight.81 factors or zero.12% at 7,293.60.
Within the wider FTSE 250, defence group Cobham’s shares plunged 21.6% after it issued a brand new revenue warning, its fifth in two years.