London’s FTSE 100 has chalked up its 12th consecutive record high as shares in housebuilders led the way.
The blue-chip index closed 0.6%, or 45.4 points, higher at 7,337.8 – the 14th time it has ended higher.
Housebuilders helped to lift the index, with Barratt Developments up 3.1% and St James’s Place 2.3% higher.
ITV shares rose 2.9% after Goldman Sachs named the broadcaster as a possible takeover target.
Shares in building materials company SIG jumped 15.4% after it reported higher sales.
The FTSE 250 firm said like-for-like group sales increased by 0.3% last year, adding that full-year profits were on track to meet its forecast range of £75m to £80m.
Pub group Mitchells Butlers – whose brands include Harvester, Toby Carvery and All Bar One – rose 2.9% after reporting “particularly strong” trading over Christmas.
The company said like-for-like sales were up 4.7% in the four weeks to 7 January.