Experian gains push FTSE 100 up

<p>The FTSE 100 remains close to a five-and-a-half year high.</p>

It has been a steady day of trading on the FTSE 100 today (May 9th), with the index remaining close to the five-and-a-half year peak it reached earlier in the week.

Having been virtually flat at 6,582.14 points in mid-session trading, it was recorded at 6,589.93, up just 6.45 points on the start of the day.

JN Financial trader Rick Jones told Reuters that it is going to be hard to call how the market will react after strong gains in recent weeks pushed it over the 6,500 mark.

"It's very difficult to stay short of the market because of all the central bank intervention," he said, suggesting the FTSE 100 might be set to dip to 6,480 points, but then would probably soon recover to 6,630 points.

Experian was at the top of the FTSE's leaderboard with a 6.5 per cent rise and the company was also celebrating after it added the most points to the index following its higher earnings announcement.

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