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Broadcaster itv drove the FTSE 100 Index to a positive start to the week today after bid speculation sent its shares soaring.

Broadcaster itv drove the FTSE 100 Index to a positive start to the week today after bid speculation sent its shares soaring.

The stock advanced 5pc or 6.75p to 131.5p after a consortium including Time Warner, Goldman Sachs and Apax Partners was reported to have made a £6.6bn approach for the company.

Oil heavyweights BP and Shell followed ITV in the list of Footsie risers as investors continued to cheer the high price of crude. BP added nearly 2pc, up 11p to 605p, while Shell advanced 7.75p to 560.75p.

The market was also lifted by the mining sector, with BHP Billiton following Shell to rise 9.5p to 731.5p and Rio Tinto lifting 9p to 1733p.

Outside the top flight, builders' merchant Travis Perkins fell 5pc after saying its ownership of DIY firm Wickes had got off to a tough start as sales continued to erode. Shares were 101p lower at 1676p.

And supermarket group Somerfield lost more than 1pc or 2.75p to 192.75p after the boss of suitor Baugur was one of six individuals charged with fraud.

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