Mike Ashley's European retail powerhouse Sports Direct International (SPD) has scored again, rising 5.6% higher to 755.75p on another strong trading statement. The UK's biggest sports retailer by sales and operating profit reports 11.2% overall sales growth to £655.4 million over the 13 weeks to 26 January. Gross profits power 14.6% ahead to £280.7 million, helped by its value proposition and online performing strongly.
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Defence behemoth BAE Systems (BA.) gains 1.6% to 444.4p as it secures a long-awaiting pricing agreement with Saudi Arabia on its multi-billion pound Eurofighter jet contract. The Gulf state initially agreed to buy 72 Eurofighter jets in 2007 for £4.43 billion and BAE had warned in October that its earnings could be hit by 6p to 7p per share (or around £750 million pounds) should it fail to secure an agreement on the costs of the contract. The company reports its full-year results tomorrow (20 Feb).
Financial trading platform Plus500 (PLUS:AIM) soars 19.7% to 397.5p after fourth quarter earnings beat analyst forecasts by an astonishing 116%. The average revenue per user increased by 87% quarter-on-quarter, driven by increased customer leverage, an increased number of financial instruments and improved customer service.
Investors shrug-off details of Vodafone's (VOD) Verizon Wireless stake sale value return, the shares dipping 1p to 223p. The UK mobile network giant will hand shareholders 30p in cash and 0.026 per share of Verizon Communications stock, worth 72p according to Vodafone's calculations.
West Africa oil explorer Bowleven (BLVN:AIM) falls 7.5% to 29.12p following a report in the Herald which highlights court papers which suggest a partner has raised doubts about its ability to bring its Etinde permit into production.
Telecoms testing business Anite (AIE) will need a strong final three months to hit market expectations after unveiling its third quarter trading update. Additional news of a long-term evolution deal in China is good, but the market remains non-plussed, pushing the shares just 1p higher to 87p.
Typically strong top line growth is in evidence after a busy first half for mobile money platform developer Monitise (MONI:AIM). Revenues jump 67% and cash burn increases to put a strain on the stock, which falls close on 5% to 67p.
Online bingo operator Gaming Realms (GMR:AIM) dips 5.7% to 20.75p despite an upbeat first quarter trading update. Quarter-on-quarter revenue has risen 64% to £1.4 million and US marketing trials have begun. The business reversed into the cash shell that was Pursuit Dynamics, a failed energy technology group. There's still likely to be some legacy shareholders trying to dump stock on the market, hence why the shares have been held back since the creation of Gaming Realms since it joined the market last summer. It also doesn't help that there's likely tax changes in the UK which will hit its earnings.
Speciality drug company Allergy Therapeutics (AGY:AIM) rises 3.8% to 13.6p on approval from the Canadian regulator to start a new efficacy clinical trial for its hay fever treatment Pollinex Quattro Grass.