Royal Dutch Shell lead the FTSE 100

Royal Dutch Shell lead the FTSE 100

The FTSE 100 climbed 0.506pc at 6,976.75, having earlier entertained the idea of moving back above 7,000 when it reached a high 6,995.

Royal Dutch Shell surged 4.26pc after its full-year profits hit a four year high, beating expectations.

Brent crude was steady at $61.89 as oil prices steadied following two days of gains after lower than expected US stocks fuel stock crisis.

Sterling steadied at $1.3117 against the dollar as Britain prepared to continue Brexit negotiations with the European Union over how to resolve the issue of the Irish boarder.

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