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Around the World's Markets: London

A ROLLER-COASTER session ended with Footsie holding a 62.2 points gain at 5,950.7. At one time it was riding 144 points higher but in busy trading the stock market was assailed by doubts and briefly the index fell into negative territory, down 8.3. Supporting shares made headway, particularly the small caps.

Lloyds TSB was the star, gaining 68p to 852.5p on its results and pulling other bank and financial shares higher. BT, on its call boom, rose a further 35p to 1,044.5p, a peak but Colt Telecom fell 61p to 1,072p. Derek Pain, page 20