The FTSE Small Cap index rises 0.2 percent in morning trade, against a 0.4 percent rise on the FTSE 100 and a 0.3 percent gain on the FTSE 250 mid-cap index.
Shaft Sinkers Holdings falls 7.2 percent after the company says work at the Moab project has been interrupted pending resolution of a strike.
British industrial chain maker Renold falls more than 7 percent after Finncap cuts its price target to 19 pence from 24 pence.
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