Miners, Ashtead support UK shares; AstraZeneca gains

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    * FTSE 100 up 0.1%, FTSE 250 down 0.2%
    * AstraZeneca biggest boost to FTSE 100
    * Ashtead rises after annual results
    * Focus shifting to Fed policy meeting

    June 18 (Reuters) - London's FTSE 100 edged higher on
Tuesday with tool hire firm Ashtead gaining after an upbeat
earnings report and miners boosted by a rise in copper prices
driven by expectations of a global shortfall in production.
    The miner-heavy main index was up 0.1% while the FTSE 250
midcap index  .FTMC  lost 0.2% by 0708 GMT.
    Ashtead  AHT.L  rose nearly 3%, topping the FTSE 100
leader-board, while miners  .FTNMX1770  were up 1% as a key mine
in Chile halved output due to a strike.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N23P069
 urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N23P1FA
    Drugmaker AstraZeneca  AZN.L  was the biggest boost to the
FTSE 100 with a 1.1% rise after its cancer medicine Lynparza was
approved as a first-line maintenance treatment for a type of
advanced ovarian cancer by the European Commission. Rival
GlaxoSmithKline  GSK.L  also climbed.
    Market focus is gradually shifting to a two-day meeting of
the U.S. Federal Reserve, with market pricing showing investors
expect Wednesday's policy statement to open the way to a cut in
interest rates by the central bank next month. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL2N23L160

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