B.C. | ShareCast | 10 Feb, 2012 14:23 - Updated: 16:10 | | |
Telecoms firm Cable & Wireless Communications plunged as the revival of the firm came to an abrupt halt after the company warned on profits this morning due to difficulties in trading in Panama and the Caribbean.
Closed life fund consolidator Phoenix Group also dropped after parting ways with private equity firm CVC Capital Partners. CVC and Phoenix have been discussing a possible bid by the former for the latter since late November 2011 after Phoenix rebuffed a bid approach from sector peer Resolution, but the parties have been unable to agree on a price that pleases both parties.
Real estate investment trust Shaftesbury was falling despite releasing an optimistic statement looking forward to the Olympics. "Within our portfolio, occupancy continues at historically high levels and demand is good for all uses," the company revealed.
HICL an infrastructure investment firm, was making small gains as it saw its net asset value improve from 111.5p per share to 114p over the third quarter, after making £162.4m in new private finance initiative (PFI) investments since the end of September.
FTSE 250 - Risers
Ophir Energy (OPHR) 352.50p +3.71%
Savills (SVS) 367.40p +3.43%
Kenmare Resources (KMR) 53.10p +3.11%
Homeserve (HSV) 252.20p +2.81%
Imagination Technologies Group (IMG) 633.00p +2.76%
PayPoint (PAY) 569.50p +2.52%
Rotork (ROR) 1,923.00p +1.85%
Dairy Crest Group (DCG) 336.80p +1.72%
Aveva Group (AVV) 1,741.00p +1.40%
Dunelm Group (DNLM) 495.70p +1.37%
FTSE 250 - Fallers
Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) 37.40p -14.16%
New World Resources A Shares (NWR) 507.00p -6.11%
Ferrexpo (FXPO) 335.40p -5.17%
Tullett Prebon (TLPR) 312.10p -4.99%
Kesa Electricals (KESA) 81.20p -4.53%
Perform Group (PER) 258.00p -4.52%
Invensys (ISYS) 211.80p -4.03%
Ocado Group (OCDO) 106.30p -3.89%
International Personal Finance (IPF) 205.30p -3.89%
Renishaw (RSW) 1,435.00p -3.82%
Shares in the oil and gas services sector were hammered on Friday by comments from US bank Goldman Sachs which repeated its ‘cautious’ rating on the European sector in light of the recent collapse in crude prices.
British Airways and Iberia owner International Airlines Group (IAG) has made a takeover bid for Aer Lingus, IAG said in a statement on Thursday, although the Irish flag carrier rejected it.
The number of passengers carried by Aer Lingus fell in November, reflecting a planned reduction in the carrier’s short haul capacity.
1630:Close UK stocks finished the session with a large gain, led by gains in Marks&Spencer after the firm beat analysts’ forecasts’ for its half-year results. Meggitt was another stand-out performer, with investors welcoming the announcement of a share buyback programme and ignoring warnings of a slowdown in growth in the fourth quarter. All of the above came on the back of figures showing that growth in the crucial UK services industry slowed to a 17-month low last month, sparking fresh concern about the faltering UK economic recovery. The US ISM services sector PMI came in a tad below market forecasts, although a sub-index on employment notched nine-year highs. FTSE 100 up 85 to 6,539.14.
Irish carrier Aer Lingus said its third quarter saw the best operating results since the financial crisis in 2008.
British regional airline Flybe Group has teamed up with a business owned by British Airways and Iberia owner International Airlines Group to offer a new loyalty scheme.
A steep rise in long haul business drove up passenger traffic at Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus last month.