1. BUOYANT FTSE BREAKS ABOVE 6,300
Investors have pushed London’s FTSE 100 above 6,300 for the first time since May 2008. The benchmark index was up 24 points, or 0.4pc, at 6,308 in mid-afternoon trade today after data from the US beat market expectations and boosted trader confidence. The index has already gained almost 7% since the beginning of 2013, its best start to a year since 1989.