London's FTSE 100 edges 2.3 points lower to 7,335.5 on Monday, with fears over a hard Brexit pushing sterling lower against the US dollar and giving a boost to miners including Fresnillo (FRES), up 14p to £14.27, BHP Billiton (BLT), bid up 7.5p to £14.62, Anglo American (AAL), up 1.6% at £13.51 and Randgold Resources (RRS), which puts on 75p at £67.85.
Acacia Mining (ACA), one of the largest gold producers in Africa, is in demand, bid up 5.2% to 440p following confirmation it is in preliminary discussions regarding a possible tie-up with Endeavour Mining, currently developing a portfolio of high quality mines in the prolific West African region.
Among the main movers is big data hopeful Wandisco (WAND:AIM), which surges more than 22% higher to 274p as CEO David Richards reports record fourth quarter bookings of US$6m and total bookings for the year up 72%.
Asset manager Ashmore (ASHM) advances 5.2p to 288.7p despite a decline in second quarter assets under management, as CEO Mark Coombs says the strengthening in emerging asset prices seen in December has continued into the new year and flags a further strong performance in 2017.
IT solutions provider Instem (INS:AIM) sparks up 3% to 230p on news revenues increased in 2016 despite a slowdown in the early phase clinical market and contract delays. These disappointments were offset by a strong performance in the majority of the group’s businesses and the overall market dynamics for Instem’s products and services remains positive.
South American-focused gold producer Orosur Mining (OMI:AIM) is marked up more than 8% to 16.62p on news of improved second quarter cash generation as well as a swing from a quarterly loss into profit.