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|Yesterday’s UK 100 Leaders||Price (p)||% Chg|
|RSA INSURANCE GROUP PLC||676.8||4.6%|
|TAYLOR WIMPEY PLC||166.0||4.4%|
|AVEVA GROUP PLC||4,254.0||3.5%|
|INTL CONSOLIDATED AIRLINE-DI||158.8||3.5%|
|Yesterday’s UK 100 Laggards||Price (p)||% Chg|
|HARGREAVES LANSDOWN PLC||1526.0||-5.5%|
|SPIRAX-SARCO ENGINEERING PLC||11465.0||-3.8%|
|COMPASS GROUP PLC||1346.0||-3.2%|
|Major World Indices||Price||% Chg||1 YEAR|
|UK 100 INDEX||6,385||0.3%||-12.6%|
|DOW JONES INDUS. AVG||29,733||-0.2%||6.1%|
|S&P/ASX 200 INDEX||6,531||0.5%||-3.5%|
|WTI Crude Oil (Nymex)||USD/bbl.||42.11||1.64%|
|Brent Crude (ICE)||USD/bbl.||44.64||2.03%|
|Gold Spot||USD/t oz.||1,873||-0.4%|
UK 100 called to open -50 points this morning at 6338. A lower open is expected today as investors look towards concerns in a number of major economies that lockdowns may be extended. Yesterday in New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the closure of schools in response to the rise in cases, this translated on Wall Street to the Dow Jones gibing up 344 points or 1.16% to close at 29,438 and similarly the S&P 500 also lost 1.16%, to finish the day at 3,567. The Nasdaq meanwhile slipped 0.8% lower to end at 11,801. It was a similar story In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei closed 93 points or 0.36% lower at 25,634 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was down 117 point or 0.43% at 26,433. The Shanghai Composite was marked in positive territory, up 0.43% at 3,361.
AstraZeneca and Oxford University‘s COVID-19 shot candidate shows promise among elderly trials as it produced a strong immune response, giving hope it may protect some of those most vulnerable to the disease, data from mid-stage trials showed.
BT are “open-minded” about the possibility of selling a stake in their Openreach infrastructure unit once there is full clarity on the regulation of fibre networks next year, according to their CEO Philip Jansen.
Investec reported a 50% drop in HY profit, a better result than it had previously forecast. Adjusted EPS stood at 11.2p, compared to a restated 22.4p a year earlier and a forecast between 10.5p and 8.3p.
Johnson Matthey reported a slump in HY profit and stayed away from providing an outlook for 2021, as the pandemic continued to dent demand for its pollution filters. Profit before tax fell to £26m (2019: £225m profit).
Kingfisher reported a 17.4% jump in underlying sales over Q3, continuing to benefit from the popularity of DIY during the COVID-19 pandemic. Total sales rose 17.6% to £3.5bn.
Royal Mail reported a slump in H1 pre-tax profit as losses in its traditional letters business and coronavirus-related costs ate into a revenue boost from this year’s surge in online shopping. Pre-tax profit dropped to £17m (2019: £173m) whilst revenue jumped nearly 10% to £5.67bn.
Close Brothers Group
US Initial Jobless Claims
US Existing Home Sales
Smurfit Kappa Group
Scottish Mortgage IT
B&M European Value Retail S.A.
Scottish American Investment Company
Tate & Lyle
Pershing Square Holdings
Civitas Social Housing
Morgan Advanced Materials
Great Portland Estates
Witan Investment Trust
Worldwide Healthcare Trust
NextEnergy Solar Fund
BlackRock World Mining Trust
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