HSBC's shares rose by as much as 4.5pc on Monday as investors gave a thumbs up to reports that the bank would sell off its UK retail bank.
Britain's housebuilders saw their share prices hit on Monday after Ed Miliband unveiled detailed plans to impose rent controls on landlords.
Owner Centrica said that British Gas had stemmed the flow of customers leaving the business, with the number of accounts on its books staying at 14.8 million, following a five per cent cut in gas tariffs from the end of February.
Diageo, the Johnny Walker and Smirnoff vodka owner, is facing a bitter legal battle with Indian businessman and Kingfisher Airlines founder Vijay Mallya.
Paper maker Tullis Russell has fallen into administration after racking up heavy losses over the past five years, leading to 325 redundancies at the Fife firm.