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FTSE falls as ITV broadcasts advertising warning, Aviva advances on record operating profits

London’s FTSE 100 fell 41 points to 6,774.6 early on Thursday, dragged down by ongoing coronavirus fears, a confidence knock from Flybe’s collapse into administration, and losses for the likes of miners Rio Tinto (RIO) and BHP (BHP) as well as a share price slide from Standard Chartered (STAN). Also weighing down the blue chip benchmark was free-to-air broadcaster ITV (ITV), which plunged ...

Market report: Sports Direct surges on strong results, Cineworld cheapens on debt-fuelled deal

London’s FTSE 100 added a further 117 points to trade at 7,470.5 on Monday, building on Friday’s impressive rally thanks to some of the bigger constituents taking a small step forward including banks, miners and tobacco stocks. Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct (SPD) sprinted 13.3% higher to 407.8p after the retailer reported a 58% rise in first half underlying pre-tax profit to £101.8m and ...

Market report: Investors hang up on BT, Fuller’s falls flat on profit warning

London’s FTSE 100 firmed 18.3 points to 7,311 on Friday as investors latched onto White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow’s comment that current US/China negotiations are ‘very constructive’. This was enough to drive stock markets up across the UK, mainland Europe and most of Asia. Miners Rio Tinto (RIO), Glencore (GLEN) and Anglo American (AAL) led the charge on the FTSE, supported ...

Market report: Mark-down for Next, Charles Taylor surges on £261m takeover

Having opened lower, London’s FTSE 100 edged 15.1 points higher to 7,329.1 on Thursday as tension mounted ahead of the Bank of England’s latest interest rate decision and after last night’s rate cut by the US Federal Reserve left investors confused. While the cut was widely expected, the market doesn’t know what to make of split views in the Fed as policymakers in the committee failed to ...
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