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FTSE 100 gains as financials, miners firm; Galliford sinks

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* FTSE 100, FTSE 250 up 0.1 pct

* Financials, miners lead main index higher

* Galliford slides on mid-caps

* JD Sports gains after FY results

April 16 (Reuters) - London's main index rose on Tuesday asAsia-focused financial stocks and miners hailed upbeat data fromChina, while mid-cap builder Galliford tanked to a nearseven-year low after warning on profit.

The FTSE 100 .FTSE and the FTSE 250 .FTMC were up 0.2percent by 0721 GMT, ahead of unemployment data.

Gains on the main index mirrored those in Asia after datashowed that new home prices in China grew slightly faster inMarch after growth slowed the previous month, kindling hopesthat Beijing's stimulus measures have helped bolster the world'sNo. 2 economy and top metals consumer.

Miners .FTNMX1770 as well as Asia-exposed financialheavyweights HSBCHSBA.L and Prudential PRU.L boosted themain bourse.

However, gains were capped as airline stocks EasyJetEZJ.L and British Airways-owner IAG ICAG.L slipped about 1.5 percenteach after rising fuel costs and overcapacity in Europe dentedGermany's biggest airline Lufthansa's LHAG.DE first-quarterresults.

On the FTSE 250, builder Galliford TryGFRD.L slumped 17percent to its lowest since August 2012 after saying it wasundertaking a strategic review of its construction businesswhich would reduce its size and lead to a fall in annual profit.

But helping the mid-caps post carve out gains was emergingmarket-focused asset manager Ashmore ASHM.L which rose 2.5percent after reporting a double-digit jump in assets undermanagement.

JD Sports FashionJD.L added 3.2 percent as acquisitionshelped it tackle a challenging retail environment at home andpost better-than-expected full-year earnings.

Drugmaker Indivior INDV.L , recently battered by a U.S.Department of Justice indictment, was on course for its fourthstraight session of gains with a 4 percent rise.

Recruitment firm Hays HAYS.L skidded 6.1 percent asorganic growth in Australia and Germany slowed in thethird-quarter.

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