Luxury goods leader Burberry (BRBY) bounces 5.4% higher to £15.48 as its third quarter and Christmas trading statement trounces expectations. Over the three months to December, the £6.5 billion cap grew retail sales 14% to £528 million and like-for-like sales 12%, a strong showing over the festive period. The quintessentially British brand, famed for its high-end trench coats and leather bags, also pleases with news of double digit growth in the important Asia Pacific region, led by Greater China.
FTSE 100 oil explorer Tullow Oil (TLW) falls 1.1% to 847.5p as it reports two new discoveries in Kenya and says it expects to post production of 84,200 barrels of oil equivalent a day for 2013, up from 79,200 in 2012 but at the lower end of earlier guidance. Tullow says the finds at its Amosing-1 and Ewoi-1 wells in Kenya add gross mean resources of over 600 million barrels of oil equivalent.
Proving that small miners can raise significant amounts of money, Firestone Diamonds (FDI:AIM) rises 46.2% to 4.75p after securing $222 million financing for its Liqhobong project in Lesotho. That's nearly four times its present $58.8 million market value. We explained in detail last June how the trigger for a re-rating in Firestone would be securing the money, and that's precisely what's happened today.
Shopping centre investor Capital & Regional (CAL) jumps 4.4% to 47p on news that the value of its Mall Fund improved 1% to £684.6 million in the final quarter of the year thanks to a rejuvenated property market.
Solid-looking full-year figures fail to prevent a 4% fall to 507p at Malaysian enterprise technology company Fusionex (FXI:AIM). This looks like profit taking after an amazing 67% share price jump over the past month, and a 31% rise since Shares' story last week.
Home shopping-to-education supplies specialist Findel (FDL) firms 3.4% to 295.6p after announcing an increase in the securitisation facility of biggest business Express Gifts from £105 million to £130 million, thereby supporting the direct mail order arm's ongoing growth. Shares highlighted the ongoing attractions of the turnaround at the Roger Siddle-steered retailer, a running Play of the Week, here.
Premium drinks minnow Blavod Wines & Spirits (BES:AIM) sparks up 5.5% to 2.03p on news it has appointed an exclusive distributor for Spain. Its Blackwoods gin and vodka brands and RedLeg Spiced Rum tipple will be marketed and sold in struggling Spain, the world's single largest market for rum and Europe's biggest gin market.
AIM-quoted resource group Leyshon Resources (LRL:AIM) falls 79.7% to 1.5p. On Monday shareholders approved a plan to demerge the group's Chinese unconventional gas assets and $35 million of cash into a new AIM-quoted vehicle Leyshon Energy, leaving the existing group with its Mt Leyshon gold project in Queensland. Leyshon Energy is expected to commence trading on 23 January.
A bullish note from number crunchers at broker Liberum Capital fails to halt the recent decline at quantum dots developer Nanoco (NANOCO:AIM), which falls another 4.5% to 110.25p. Liberum flags potential for electronics giants Samsung and LG to use Nanoco's cadmium-free technology, reiterating its 260p price target yet the shares have fallen from start November highs of 162p.