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Market Report: Fashion flying at N Brown but UK paper sector under pressure from softer markets

UK markets made a nervy start ahead of crucial US-China trade talks on Thursday, with the FTSE 100 down 8.8 points at 7,148 and the FTSE 250 down 6 points at 19,145. The one bright spot were the miners, with Anglo American (AAL) at the top of the leader board up 2% at £18.898. On the charge today were shares in fashion retailer Brown (N) (BWNG), flying 7.35% higher to 107.35p after reporting ...

Market report: Ferguson firms on demerger plan, investors lose appetite for Restaurant Group

London’s FTSE 100 shed 9.1 points to trade at 7,273 on Tuesday as political uncertainty caused sterling to drop below $1.20 for the first time since 2017. This weighed on the UK-focused FTSE 250, dragging it back by 26 points to 19,456 and is also bad news for UK domestic FTSE 100 stocks including the housebuilders, supermarkets and various banks. Plumbing and heating products distributor ...

Market Report: UK shares surge following US-China trade truce, Future shares soar

Shares get off to a flying at the start of the third quarter, with Asia and Europe sharply higher today after US and China agree to resume trade talks. Donald Trump offers to put a break on new tariffs and eases restrictions on tech company Huawei. The UK is strong across the board, with house builders up 2.6% and industrials up 1.8%. Oil majors are strong gaining 2% as crude prices gain after ...

Market report: Ferguson flies on activist stake, DS Smith up on new margin targets

UK stocks trade higher on Thursday, pushing to their best level in a month with the FTSE 100 index up 0.3% to 7,390 thanks to strength in construction, industrial and technology stocks. Best performer in the FTSE is plumbing supplies company Ferguson (FERG), up 6% to £56.34 after it emerges that US activist investor Nelson Peltz has taken a 6% stake in the firm. Peltz’s stake, valued at ...

Market report: FTSE 100 flat as Paddy Power Betfair unveils Flutter name change, Just Eat, Legal & General drag

The FTSE 100 was yesterday one of the few winners across major Western indices but it is unable to build on its early-March rebound in early trade on Wednesday, with several company results failing to impress investors. Large cap companies including insurer Legal & General (LGEN) and bookmaker Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) offset gains elsewhere with the UK’s leading index trading roughly ...

Market report: Housebuilders gain on Galliford update, Dunelm lifted by strong like-for-likes

UK stocks head higher in tune with European markets on Wednesday, the FTSE 100 adding 0.3% to 7,157 to close in on recent highs, although traders have one eye on the pound after the consumer price index dropped below 2% for the first time in a year. Leading the gainers is packaging firm DS Smith (SMDS) with shares up 4% to 349p following strong results from rival Smurfitt Kappa (SKG) which is ...

The little-known US trick that is playing into UK-listed packing firm’s hands

It’s a predictably quiet Friday for UK stock market company news yet UK packaging firm Smurfitt Kappa (SKG) is one of the FTSE 100’s biggest risers despite having nothing new to tell investors. Shares in the £5.2bn-plus company are up well over 2% at £22.54. UK listed peers DS Smith (SMDS) and Mondi (MNDI) are also seeing demand from investors with the share prices of both also positive ...

Market report: FTSE 100 plunges to two-year low on US slowdown fears, DS Smith continues slide

UK stocks fall in line with continental Europe and US index futures as worries over the strength of the US economy begin to weigh on sentiment. In early trade the FTSE 100 index gives up almost 2% to 6,792.10, a new two-year low, while the FTSE 250 gives up 1.5% to a low for the year of 17,995 points. Tomorrow sees the release of three closely-watched indicators of the health of the US economy ...
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