* FTSE 100 ends up 0.1 percent
* Oil majors rise with oil price on Iraq supply fears
* ITV up on report of Omnicom windfall
* Miners under pressure on China demand concerns
By Francesco Canepa
LONDON, June 12 Energy companies kept Britain's
top share index out of the red on Thursday as oil prices were
lifted by violence in Iraq.
But the FTSE struggled to make any real headway as
heavyweight mining stocks dropped sharply after
worries about declining Chinese demand sent copper prices to a
The FTSE 100 ended up 4.24 points, or 0.1 percent, at
Energy stocks added 10.24 points to the index as Brent crude
oil climbed towards $112 a barrel on concerns for supply from
Iraq, a major OPEC exporter. Sunni Muslim rebels from an al
Qaeda splinter group overran the Iraqi city of Tikrit on
Wednesday and closed in on the biggest oil refinery in the
"If oil prices go up... it directly flows to revenues and to
the bottom line," Oswald Clint, an analyst at Sanford Bernstein,
BG, which does not have a presence in Iraq, rose 2.5
percent, the top FTSE riser, while BP and Royal Dutch
Shell, which are present in the country, added 0.7
percent and 0.5 percent, respectively.
Companies dealing in basic materials, however, knocked 10.8
points off the FTSE. Miners Rio Tinto and Anglo American
were each down over 3 percent, the top FTSE fallers.
ITV rose 1.6 percent after a Brandrepublic report suggested
that advertising group Omnicom would redirect 30 million
pounds ($50.37 million) worth of ad spending to the British
broadcaster from rival Channel 5.
"An extra 30 million pounds in an operationally geared
business like ITV could see a high flow-through of that into
profits, so that's certainly good news for ITV," Paul Richards,
an analyst at Numis Securities, said.
Trade in ITV shares was busy, with volume 50 percent above
the stock's daily average for the past three months. Trading
across the FTSE 100 was quieter, with volume around two-thirds
percent of its own average.
The index has traded in a tight 130-point range since the
beginning of May, while other European indexes have pushed up to
new multi-year highs, buoyed by stimulus from the European
The FTSE 100 is down 0.3 percent this week - the third time
it has failed to break out of the range in the last six weeks.
"The UK FTSE remains locked in a tight ... range, with
catalysts lacking for a break either way," Mike van Dulken, head
of research at Accendo Markets, said in a note.
($1 = 0.5956 British pounds)
(Additional reporting by Alistair Smout; Editing by Mark