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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 ...

Why investors are taking a dim view of sustainable energy fund Foresight Solar

Shares in Foresight Solar Fund (FSFL) fell 3.4% to 112.5p after the renewable energy investment trust reported a fourth quarter fall in net asset value (NAV) following a ‘significant downward revision’ of UK power price forecasts. With a spread of solar farm assets in the UK and Australia, Foresight Solar is a fund with environmentally-friendly credentials, although its high exposure to ...

Market report: Royal Dutch Shell revs up, Lloyds disappoints, sickly first quarter for Reckitt Benckiser

The FTSE 100 is down 0.2% 7,370.97, taking its cue from a poor showing overnight in the US. This followed commentary from the US Federal Reserve which suggests Donald Trump’s advice to cut interest rates will be ignored. Oil major Royal Dutch Shell (RDSB) adds 1.7% even as it posts a 2% decline in first-quarter profit as strong contributions from trading and higher LNG and gas prices were ...

Market report: Lancashire warns, Schroder in talks with Lloyds and French Connection puts up sale sign

The FTSE 100 takes its cue from weak trading in Asia overnight and weakness in commodity markets to slip 0.2% to 7,303.55 early on. Non-life insurer Lancashire Holdings (LRE) expects to report a loss in the third quarter owing to an expected loss of $30m from claims within its marine portfolio. The company also says it expected further losses in the range of $25m to $45m from exposure to ...
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