Shares in cost processor Worldpay jumped 9% in early commerce after a report recommended it could possibly be a bid goal.
Wall Street Wires cited unnamed Metropolis sources as suggesting Worldpay had been approached by suitors.
The transfer in Worldpay shares additionally comes a day after Danish card cost companies firm Nets confirmed it had acquired takeover approaches.
Regardless of the bounce in Worldpay shares, the FTSE 100 index was down 31.25 factors at 7,345.84.
Shares in Sainsbury’s have been flat after its latest sales figures got here in barely forward of expectations.
The UK’s second largest grocery store chain – which additionally owns Argos – stated like-for-like gross sales excluding petrol rose 2.three% within the 16 weeks to 1 July.
Exterior the FTSE 100 index, shares in Creativeness Applied sciences rose eight% after the corporate – which is up on the market and in dispute with Apple, its largest buyer – stated it had returned to revenue.
The corporate reported a £2.4m pre-tax revenue for 12 months to 30 April, in contrast with a £29.4m loss within the earlier yr. Revenues rose 19% to £145.2m.
On the forex markets, the pound edged up zero.1% in opposition to the greenback to $1.2948 and was additionally barely greater in opposition to the euro at 1.1390 euros.