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|Yesterday’s UK 100 Leaders||Price (p)||% Chg|
|SCOTTISH MORTGAGE INV TR PLC||1,137.0||3.8%|
|HIKMA PHARMACEUTICALS PLC||2,276.0||3.5%|
|POLYMETAL INTERNATIONAL PLC||1,419.5||2.2%|
|ADMIRAL GROUP PLC||3,101.0||2.0%|
|AVEVA GROUP PLC||3,422.0||1.9%|
|Yesterday’s UK 100 Laggards||Price (p)||% Chg|
|BRITISH LAND CO PLC||504.8||-3.3%|
|ROLLS-ROYCE HOLDINGS PLC||105.3||-3.0%|
|MELROSE INDUSTRIES PLC||166.9||-2.8%|
|Major World Indices||Price||% Chg||1 YEAR|
|UK 100 INDEX||6,714||-0.9%||23.1%|
|DOW JONES INDUS. AVG||32,982||-0.3%||57.5%|
|S&P/ASX 200 INDEX||6,829||0.6%||29.9%|
|WTI Crude Oil (Nymex)||USD/bbl.||59.85||1.17%|
|Brent Crude (ICE)||USD/bbl.||63.54||-0.94%|
|Gold Spot||USD/t oz.||1,715||0.4%|
UK 100 is called to open +27 points this morning at 6740. Calls for a stronger start today come ahead of the four day Easter break, market optimism has been aided by talks over a potential of a further $2trn stimulus package in infrastructure spending. This saw markets stateside heading north, however, Wednesday’s close saw the Dow Jones finish in red, down 0.26% to 32,981, whilst the S&P rose by 0.36% to 3,972. A tech driven rally saw the the Nasdaq as the stand out performing benchmark, adding 201 points or 1.54% to close at 13,246. In Asia this morning it was a similar story, Japan’s Nikkei rose by 213 points or 0.73% to 29,392 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 3-6 points, 1.08%, at 28,680. The Shanghai Composite was also marked higher, adding 0.18% to trade at 3,449.
Breedon Group name Rob Wood as their new CEO.
Equiniti reports a 2020 pretax loss of £6.6m (2019: £39.8m profit) and have declared no dividend payments for 2020 (2019: 5.49p).
Next reports that their pretax profit fell 54% to £342.4m which was in line with guidance. They have proposed no final dividend and their buyback programme remains suspended. They expect to post pretax profits of £700m in FY22 with online sales expected to rise by 18%.
Barclays resumes rating Premier Oil with Overweight (1 Buy / 3 Holds / 2 Sells)
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