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Byline: By Bronwyn Huddleston

THE FTSE 100 rallied yesterday after its poor post-weekend slide, although initial signs suggested the market was going to fly, as the day wore on it settled down to finish 54.7 points up at 6514.

Further to our column yesterday, the volatility of the mining industry was again highlighted with most of the big losers making their share price back up after the previous day's poor trading. The fact the mining industry is seemingly at the whim of investors is currently making the price incredibly unpredictable, as witnessed by Antofagasta - leaping 37.5p to 818p and Vedanta - climbing 96p to 2149p.

Elsewhere in the FTSE 100, other winners included Friends Provident 11100 whose price was buoyed on further firming of the proposed merger with Resolution; FP shares closed 6.9p up at 1 7 3 . 1 p.

Meanwhile, elsewhere, Persimmon Homes, the sixth worst performer on the FTSE this year, saw their shares jump at news of an opportunistic share buy-back. Chiefs at Persimmon said the recent sustained fall in the price prompted the move. Shares closed 39.5p up at 989p.

By Bronwyn Huddleston, Portfolio Manager, Barclays Wealth

Winners. . .

Rio Tinto +115 to 4165

Vedanta Resources +96 to 2150

Xstrata +83 to 3343

Anglo American +70 to 3116

Next +56 to 2055

Schroders +50 to 1483

Lonmin +48 to 3409

Schroders N/V +45 to 1287

BHP Billiton +41 to 1805

Persimmon +3912 to 98812

. . . & Losers

SABMiller - 17 to 1419

Tesco - 1014 to 45334

Br Am Tob - 5 to 1780

HSBC - 412 to 91812

Reuters Gp - 312 to 640

Royal Dutch Shell B - 3 to 2018

Vodafone Gp - 218 to 17758

Shire - 2 to 1170

Cadbury Schwep - 1 to 612

DSG International - 34 to 12038

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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 24, 2007
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