FTSE resumes record run despite dip in oil price – business live

GKN shares have jumped 24% this morning after the engineering giant said it had rejected an “unsolicited” offer of 405p a share from turnaround specialist Melrose.

In a statement to the stock exchange, GKN (which makes parts for the car and aerospace industry), explained:

GKN shares are currently trading at 413p and the jump pushed the FTSE 100 to a new intraday high of 7,774 at one point.

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The FTSE 100 is up in early trading, following a fresh record close on Thursday and another record finish on Wall Street.

It is up 0.05% at 7,766.

The index of the UK’s leading shares is up despite a 0.4% dip in the price of Brent crude oil to $68.94 a barrel.

After a flurry of Christmas trading updates from UK retailers on Thursday, it’s a much quieter day on the corporate front.

An exception is discount retailer B&M, which has reported a sharp increase in sales over Christmas period after opening more than 30 new UK stores over the last nine months.

Also coming up:

1.30pm GMT: US retail sales for December will reveal whether or not consumers in the world’s largest economy had the appetite to spend in the runup to Christmas

1.30pm GMT: US inflation data for December will be viewed in the context of the next move on rates by the Fed