Financial Times
Bloomberg, Reuters and Axel Springer were all named as the possible buyers of the Financial TimesReuters

While the sale of the Financial Times pushed education publisher Pearson upward, the FTSE 100 remained down after two days of small loses.

Publisher Pearson rose +2.07% on news of the $1.3bn (£844m, €1.1m) sale of the stalwart FT to Japanese media firm Nikkei.

"DIY giant Kingfisher's shares rose after another stellar performance from its Screwfix arm," said AJ Bell investment director Russ Mould.

On Thursday the FTSE 100 lost -0.18% to close at 6,655.01p. The Greek parliamentary vote in favour of a second round of reforms demanded by creditors appeared to sway the market little one way or another.

Energy stocks slid at BP, Royal Dutch Shell, BG Group and Cairn Energy after oil prices fell and higher-than-expected crude inventories were reported.

Media giant Daily Mail fell after struggling to attract print advertising and expects its end of year revenue will be lower than expected.

FTSE 100 biggest risers

  • ARM Holdings Plc +45.00 (+4.64%) 1,015.00
  • Shire Plc +175.00 (+3.20%) 5,640.00
  • Pearson Plc +25.00 (+2.07%) 1,234.00
  • Kingfisher +7.40 (+2.02%) 374.40
  • Unilever Plc +46.00 (+1.61%) 2,905.00

FTSE 100 biggest fallers

  • Aberdeen Asset Management -30.40 (-7.61%) 369.10
  • SSE Plc -80.00 (-5.04%) 1,507.00
  • Glencore Plc -7.95 (-3.49%) 220.05
  • Ashtead Group Plc -32.50 (-3.23%) 974.50
  • Sainsbury (J) Plc -6.00 (-2.20%) 266.60

FTSE AIM 100 biggest risers

  • Abcam Plc +50.00 (+9.64%) 568.50
  • Nichols Plc +56.00 (+4.21%) 1,385.00
  • Sinclair IS Pharma Plc +1.75 (+3.78%) 48.00
  • Telit Communications Plc +11.00 (+3.34%) 340.00
  • Arbuthnot Banking Group Plc +47.50 (+3.06%) 1,600.00

FTSE AIM 100 biggest fallers

  • Petroceltic International Plc -6.25 (-7.91%) 72.75
  • Utilitywise Plc -9.13 (-3.61%) 243.50
  • Amerisur Resources Plc -1.25 (-3.45%) 35.00
  • Rockhopper Exploration Plc -2.00 (-3.10%) 62.50
  • Monitise Plc -0.22 (-3.03%) 7.03