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Market report: Weakened pound gives FTSE 100 push, National Grid probe, BHP sees raw material demand soften

UK markets make further gains in early trade on Tuesday as investors rally around more declines for the pound and the impact on large overseas earnings for many of the FTSE 100 companies. That comes as energy regulator Ofgem announces a probe into the recent power blackout and National Grid’s (NG.) part in it. Sterling fell 0.4% against the dollar, taking cable (the nickname given to the ...

Market Report: Indivior high on opioid surprise as investors rally on US rate cut hopes

London’s FTSE 100 was in positive mood on Thursday as investors digest the apparent stage setting for a US interest rate cut in August. FTSE 100 was 0.3% higher at 7,551.39, while the mid cap FTSE 250 index is also on the front foot, adding 75 points at 19,494.59. Among corporate stories, the big news today comes from drugs developer Indivior (INDV). The company has today raised earnings ...

Market report: British Airways owner tanks, Associated British Foods up as Primark impresses

The FTSE 100 opened virtually unchanged at 7,608.54 this morning as fears grow among economists that the UK could’ve gone into the red in last three months. Given business sentiment surveys in June for construction and manufacturing were pretty dismal, it’s believed that UK gross domestic product (GDP) will have shrunk in the second quarter. There’s also confusion as to whether the Bank ...

Market report: M&S to rebase divi and raise cash as it confirms Ocado tie-up, Ted Baker warns, Metro Bank in doghouse

After admitting to talks yesterday Marks & Spencer (MKS) has on Wednesday confirmed plans to form a £1.8bn grocery joint venture with technology delivery firm Ocado (OCDO). The tie-up, if approved by shareholders, will give M&S a food delivery business for the first time, but it comes at a hefty price. M&S plans to raise £600m through a rights issue to fund its part of the ...
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