London shares got off to a negative start to the shortened trading week with both blue chips and mid caps down, following the pattern seen in early trade across Europe. A short time after the market opened, the FTSE 100 was down 46.73 points, or 0.62%, to 7500.9, while the FTSE 250 fell 67.61, or 0.34%, to 19,957.3. In Europe, the Dax and Cac 40 were both lower. Sterling was down on the dollar, but up mildly on the euro. Gold was down a fraction, while crude oil prices eased. Shares in British Airways-owner International Consolidated Airlines (IAG) were down 3.3% to 593.75p as the fallout from its weekend of computer-system disruption. In the same sector, easyJet (EZJ) fell 1.91% to 1359.5p. Smokes stocks Imperial Brands (IMB), down 1.49% to 3625.75p, and British American Tobacco (BATS), fell 1.87% to 5486.5p, exhaled south. Also falling were several banks after Barclays (BARC), down 1.42% to 208.65p, and insurers after Old Mutual (OML), down 1.45% to 193.75p. Several miners tended down behind Antofagasta (ANTO), lower 1.24% to 814.25p. Anglo American (AAL), up 0.29% to 1055.5p, has completed the sale of its 83.33% interest in the Dartbrook coal mine in the Hunter Valley, Australia, to Australian Pacific Coal Ltd. Overall, about 80 of the FTSE 100 were lower, including the vast majority of sectors. Retail, financials, pharmas, house builders and supermarkets were notable. To the limited upside, several commercial property shares did mildly well after British Land (BLND), up 0.67% to 635.75p. Intu (INTU), up 0.15% to 270.1p, properties and TH Real Estate have agreed to form a joint venture to own Madrid Xanadu shopping centre in Spain. BIGGER MOVERS Fusionex International (FXI) fell 68.99% to 40p as it accepted Peel Hunt LLP's resignation as joint broker, and non-executive chairman John Croft gave notice to resign. Xtract Resources (XTR) fell 28.57% to 0.01p as it proposed a capital reorganisation comprising a share consolidation and subdivision of existing ordinary shares. It also posted a wider loss for the year of £8.9m, from a loss of £4.6m. The Stanley Gibbons Group (SGI), up 14.29% to 12p, has announced the sale by subsidiary Mallett & Son (Antiques) Ltd of its 25% interest in Masterpiece London Ltd, the operator of the annual Masterpiece London art and antiques fair, for £1.4m cash. Coal of Africa (CZA) rose 14% to 3.42p as it said the suspension of the Integrated Water Use Licence for the Makhado Project had been lifted by the South African Minister of the Department of Water and Sanitation. LONDON HIGHLIGHTS Gulfsands (GPX) fell 10% to 4.5p as it posted a narrower pretax loss for the FY of $19.8m, from $69.2m. It remained focused on controlling costs going forward and would look to reduce these further over the coming year. SDX Energy (SDX), up 7.93% to 61.25p, has confirmed the overall success of its SD-1X well campaign, following the recent natural gas discovery at South Disouq, Egypt where the Company has a 55% operated working interest. Savannah Resources (SAV), up 6% to 6.63p, has announced completion of the Mutamba Scoping Study, which concluded there was potential for a financially robust, long-life mineral sands project that was anticipated to provide excellent life of mine financial returns with relatively modest capital requirements. Science in Sport (SIS), up 5.81% to 91p, has received a Certificate of Grant of Patent for WHEY20 reflecting the unique features and benefits of the product. Starcom (STAR), down 5.56% to 2.13p, said its FY 2017 results were still expected to show an improvement over 2016 due to the encouraging sales pipeline and new initiatives it was pursuing. EU Supply (EUSP), up 5.45% to 14.5p, said revenues in the first four months of this year have grown at more than 25% compared with the corresponding period in 2016. Trakm8 (TRAK), up 5.33% to 118.5p, has been awarded an initial telematics contract by Mecalac Construction Equipment UK Ltd (previously Terex GB), the global equipment solutions provider. Other stocks in the news included Sula Iron & Gold (SULA), Stride Gaming (STR), Fastjet (FJET), Volution (FAN), Alexander Mining (AXM), AFI Development (AFRB), Crimson Tide (TIDE), Silence Therapeutics (SLN), GAN (GAN), Magnolia Petroleum (MAGP), Helios Underwriting (HUW), Applegreen (APGN) and CLS Holdings (CLI).
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