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Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen could delay an anticipated interest rate hike in the USReuters

Gains made by the FTSE 100 were wiped out today after weaker than expected US employment figures threw a spanner in the works for the Federal Reserve as it mulls an interest rate hike.

The index lost 151.18 points and closed at 6,042.92, down 2.44%, on Thursday. Wall Street shares also plunged on news that US non-farm payrolls showed 173,000 jobs were created in August -- down on the 217,000 analysts predicted.

On Thursday, the FTSE had been buoyed by comments made by Mario Draghi that the European Central Bank was ready to re-start the printers and flood the Eurozone with quantitative easing. But momentum withered on Friday, despite a surge in car buying in August. Year-on-year figures showed 9.6% more units - 79,060 - were sold than 12 months ago.

FTSE 100 biggest risers

Hikma Pharmaceuticals +7.00 +0.30% 2,350.00
International Consolidated Airlines Group SA
+0.50 +0.09% 565.00

FTSE 100 biggest fallers

Anglo American -56.50 -7.79% 668.50
Glencore
-7.80 -5.96% 123.15
Antofagasta Holdings
-32.00 -5.36% 564.50
BHP Billiton
-58.00 -5.23% 1,052.00
BP -17.95 -5.04% 337.90

FTSE AIM 100 biggest risers

Emis Group +68.00 +7.26% 1,005.00
Vertu Motors
+2.50 +3.82% 68.00
Staffline Group
+49.00 +3.63% 1,399.00
Restore
+5.50 +2.18% 257.50
Utilitywise
+2.75 +1.71% 163.75

FTSE AIM 100 biggest fallers

Ithaca Energy -2.13 -5.78% 34.63
Asos
-138.00 -4.76% 2,760.00
Falkland Oil and Gas
-1.00 -4.55% 21.00
GVC Holdings
-18.00 -3.97% 435.00
Rockhopper Exploration
-2.00 -3.70% 52.00