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HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays helped keep the FTSE 100 above 7,000 on Monday (Reuters)

Barclays, HSBC and Royal Bank of Scotland helped keep the FTSE 100 within a whisker of the record high it set on Friday.

The banking giants were three of the FTSE's biggest risers on Monday as the index closed down 25.47 (-0.36%) at 7,064.30.

Aviva was also buoyed by comments by Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan, closing at 561.50 (+1.17%).

On Friday the UK's leading index reached its highest ever closing peak of 7,089.77.

Mining giants Anglo American, Antofagasta and BHP Billiton dragged the index down, however, as the firms suffered declines in their share price following weak trade figures in China.

The was also concern from investment banks over the price assumptions of iron ore.

Shares in Tesco also fell (-2.67%) as the supermarket counts to cost of failing stores.

FTSE 100 biggest risers

Ashtead Group +17.00 (+1.58%) 1,093.00
Royal Bank of Scotland +4.30 (+1.23%) 353.20
Aviva +6.50 (+1.17%) 561.50
HSBC +5.90 (+0.96%) 618.00
Barclays +2.40 (+0.93%) 259.45

FTSE 100 biggest fallers

BHP Billiton -47.50 (-3.25%) 1,416.00
Tesco -6.70 (-2.67%) 244.30
Antofagasta Holdings -18.50 (-2.50%) 722.00
Anglo American -23.30 (-2.28%) 998.70
Pearson -28.00 (-1.90%) 1,443.00

AIM biggest risers

Amerisur Resources +3.00 (+12.00%) 28.00
Majestic Wines +38.75 (+11.99%) 362.00
Sirius Minerals +1.25 (+10.64%) 13.00
Retroscreen Virology +21.00 (+8.00%) 283.50
GW Pharmaceutical +39.50 (+7.60%) 559.50

AIM biggest fallers

Monitise -1.00 (-6.56%) 14.25
Tissue Regenix Group -0.75 (-4.84%) 14.75
Renew Holdings -12.00 (-4.75%) 240.50
Tungsten Corporation -8.50 (-4.36%) 186.25
Greenko Group -3.50 (-3.98%) 84.50