Aberdeen Asset Management (ADN) rises 5.1% to 410.1p despite two negative bits of news. It will have to pay an additional £39.4 million for its purchase of Scottish Widows' fund management arm, costing £550 million in total. A trading update also shows a £3.6 billion net outflow of equity funds in the first two months of 2014. The market appears to be applauding plans to cut costs.
Although it may seem an April Fools' Day joke, troubled miner Talvivaara (TALV) is one of the market's biggest risers after a industry shareholder offered financial assistance. Zinc giant Nyrstar has put forward a loan for up to €20 million, sending Talivaara's share price up 38.2% to 5.1p. Also in the zinc space, metals recycling group ZincOx (ZOX:AIM) taps shareholders for cash once again, sending its stock down 25.8% to 11.88p. A £1 million placing has been done at a whopping 37.5% discount to yesterday's mid-market share price, implying poor appetite from the investor community for stock.
Shares in geophysical data specialist Getech (GTC:AIM) slip 11.1% to 58.25p as the full quantum of February's (17 Feb) profit warning becomes apparent. The Leeds group reports a profit of £233,000 for the six months to 31 January, down 83% year-on-year. On a more upbeat note management comments: 'Not only do clients remain interested in our major products, but they now have budget available to spend.'
A supply chain partnership agreement sends shares in epi-wafer maker IQE (IQE:AIM) up 5.4% to 24.5p. The deal has been struck with M/A-COM Technology Solutions, a supplier of high- performance radio frequency and microwave products.
Machine-to-machine technology provider Telit Communications (TCM:AIM) has finally sealed its ATOP automotive telematics acquisition from NXP. The deal was first struck in December but paperwork has dragged on, but shares add 3% to 237p, just shy of their 241.75p record. Telit is a former Play of the Week at 110p from October 2013.
Laboratory services provider Source BioScience (SBS) improves 3% to 12.7p on launching a US business in Los Angeles and Atlanta. Its life sciences customers in the US can now access its 20 million-strong clone library.
Specialty graphene producer Applied Graphene Materials (AGM:AIM) slips 4.5% to 456p after the £80.6 million cap revealed that pre-tax losses in the six months to 31 January have widened to £1.22 million from £398,997 in the same period a year earlier.
Home shopping-to-education supplies firm and running Shares Play of the Week Findel (FDL) cheapens 2.25p to 317.75p despite posting a reassuring pre-close trading update. Pre-tax profits for the year ended 28 March will be in line with the £22 million to £22.5 million forecast range, though a disappointing end to the year at network marketing arm Kleeneze offsets progress in Findel's three main divisions and thwarts earnings upgrades from the analyst community.
Electrical retailer Darty (DRTY) edges ahead 0.13p to 117.63p after completing the acquisition of French white goods seller Mistergooddeal.com for €2 million.