FILE PHOTO: A statue is silhouetted against the Bank of England in the City of London, Britain, December 12, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne/File Photo
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A rise in banks and oil stocks boosted the U.K.'s top share index to a fresh record on Wednesday as a rise in bond yields supported financials across Europe.Britain's blue chip FTSE 100 index was up 0.3 percent at 7,750.58 points by 0957 GMT, outperforming the broader European market, while mid caps declined 0.3 percent.Shares in peers HSBC and Standard Chartered also gained more than 2 percent.Elsewhere a warning from the U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) put pressure on shares in spreadbetters, with IG Group dropping more than 4 percent, Plus500 down 4 percent and CMC Markets down 5 percent.
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