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Market report: Thomas Cook plummets on rescue talks, Lookers crashes on profit warning

Against a backdrop of US markets hitting new all time highs, UK stocks open firmer with the FTSE 100 up 0.23% in early trading to 7,527 and the FTSE 250 up 0.25% to 19,492. The best-performing sectors are house-builders, general industrials and oil and gas equipment and services. The biggest mover in the FTSE 100 is insurance provider Hiscox (HSX), down 5% to £16.58 after it told investors ...

Market report: stocks trip on Mexico tariff threat while Wizz fizzles on outlook

Stock markets and commodities are on the back foot on the last trading day of May as the trade war spills over into threats of US tariffs on Mexico. The core European Stoxx 50 benchmark is down 1.2% for a loss of nearly 7% on the month while the FTSE 100 index is down 0.9% at 7,154 for a 4% loss on the month. With investors moving money out of stocks into bonds, pushing yields to historic lows ...

Market report: Domino's in demand, Games Workshop slumps on unspecified 'uncertainties' just weeks after on-track update

UK and European stocks are holding their ground in early trading on Thursday after falls in stock markets in Asia. China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite index earlier hit a 4-year low as fears of a damaging trade war linger. After their best day in six months on Tuesday, US stocks finished modestly lower last night following minutes from the Federal Reserve which confirmed market expectations ...

Market report: Vodafone sees shock CEO departure and profits bounce back, EasyJet leads FTSE 100 higher

Annual results for the year 31 March 2018 from Vodafone (VOD) are overshadowed by the shock news that chief executive officer (CEO) Vittorio Colao is to leave. The boss plans to step down in October after 10 years in charge of the world’s second largest mobile operator, and will be succeeded by finance director Nick Read, the company said on Tuesday. Vodafone figures are somewhat patchy ...
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