Just a 10-point climb for the Big Board yesterday, ending at 6,780. Barratt Developments saw the biggest climb, up 5.18% to 369.50p while Shell came in behind, 3.66% up, at 2520p. In contrast, Tesco shares dipped - sharply - falling 3.41% to 292.95p. The biggest overall drop for the FTSE 100.
In the US, the Dow Jones climbed 45 points to 16,580 - close to an all-time high - marking a third day of straight gains.
We start with Lloyds (still 33% owned by the taxpayer) with a first quarter update. Underlying profit increases 22 per cent to £1.8bn in the first quarter though underlying income of £4,529 million is down, by seven per cent.
The profits improvement was driven by net interest income in key markets plus a 5% costs cut. The Group made a statutory profit before tax of £1.369 million, compared to a statutory loss of £1.279 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The improved quarterly performance means Lloyds lifts guidance for the 2014 full year net interest margin at 2.40%, an increase of 10 basis points on previous guidance.
Next, nine month numbers from BSkyB. Operating profit is cut 8.5% to £910m while earnings per share dips 3.4% to 42.2p (from 43.7p). However revenues climb 6.6% to £5.666m.
"Our targeted advertising service, AdSmart," says chief exec Jeremy Darroch, "is attracting many new advertisers to Sky while our new Buy & Keep service in Sky Store opens up the DVD purchase marketplace for the first time."
Finally, a first quarter update from BG Group. Total operating profit slips 6% to $2009 million, reflecting reductions in both Upstream and LNG Shipping & Marketing segments. Higher revenues were offset by higher operating costs.
Total earnings for the first quarter of 2014 were $1102 million (32.4 cents per share) including a post-tax loss of $50 million from disposals.
"Group production volumes," says the company, "for the first quarter were consistent with anticipated seasonal phasing, although production entitlement from Egypt was lower than expected."