Positive news that the UK Government aims to vaccinate all under 50s by May did enough to push the pound up as markets closed on Friday.
But the strong pound and underwhelming jobs data from the US failed to liven up the FTSE-100, with the internationally focused index closing the day down 14.39 points, or 0.22 per cent, at 6503.72.
By comparison, the FTSE-250 index of more UK-focused firms enjoyed a solid boost, up 1.24%, as traders hoped the news could see an end to lockdown restrictions and economic recovery over the horizon.
Scottish temporary power specialist Aggreko said it was being eyed up for a takeover, with a consortium made up of UK-based private equity firm TDR Capital and infrastructure investment manager I Squared Capital US offering 880p a share.
The deal was not ruled out by Aggreko and shares closed the day up 209p, or 33%, at 844p.
The pound was up 0.32% against the greenback as markets closed at $1.372. It fell 0.29% against the single…