Weekly review

Alexander Bueso Sharecast | 19 Mar, 2017 13:03 - Updated: 13:03 | | |

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The FTSE 100 rose 81.88 points to 7,424.96.

Equity view

Mulesoft, the provider of cloud-based business software, enjoyed a strong Wall Street debut on Friday, with its stock kicking more than 45% higher in opening hours.

Shares in gold miner Hochschild Mining stumbled lower after chairman Eduardo Hochschild sold almost £42m worth of stock on Friday.

UK onshore oil and gas explorer and producer IGas Energy announced the final terms of a proposed capital restructuring that it believed would will result in a new capital structure which would be sustainable in the current oil price environment.

Stockbroker Panmure Gordon has agreed to be bought by Atlas Merchant Capital - the private equity firm of former Barclays boss Bob Diamond - and Qatari investment vehicle QInvest for around £15. 5m in cash.

Shares in Circassia shot higher after AstraZeneca decided to enter its shareholder register as part of a deal for the rights to two of its products.

Tullow Oil has announced plans to carry out a £607m ($750m) rights issue at a 45% discount to its last closing price as feels it is the "right time to get our balance sheet in order".

Chemring said on Friday that it has kicked off the year on a positive note, with trading in the first four months in line with its expectations.

Property group Berkeley said full year pre-tax profits were expected to be at the top end of analysts' expectations but added that Brexit uncertainties had hit underlying reservations.

Amec Foster Wheeler announced on Friday it had been awarded a contract with the US Air Force Civil Engineer Center to sustain and improve Air Force and other US Department of Defense installations worldwide.

Shares in Anglo American surged on Thursday after Volcan Investments, the family trust of the founder of India’s largest mining company, said it plans to buy up to £2bn worth of shares in the miner.

Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty returned to the black on Thursday, posting statutory full year pre-tax profits of £8m from a loss of £199m.

Standard & Poor's took Reckitt Benckiser down a notch due to the higher debt that would result from its acquisition of US rival Mead Johnson.

Shares in Premier Oil surged on Wednesday after the company said it has secured the final lock-up for its refinancing bid.

The bonus award for Rolls Royce chief Warren East for 2016 was ill advised, according to a well-known business lobby group.

Goldman Sachs has upgraded Glencore to ‘buy’ due to its favourable commodity exposure, although it expects the sector to remain choppy due to more negative investor sentiment.

Playtech founder Teddy Sagi is to sell £113m of shares in the gambling software company to London-based hedge fund Boussard & Gavaudan.

Hikma Pharmaceuticals nudged its dividend higher as profits were held back last year due to a combination of lower profits from the generics business, greater investment in growth and currency effects.

Polymetal International announced its preliminary results for the year to 31 December on Wednesday, with revenue increasing 10% over 2015, to $1. 58bn.

Economics news

George Osborne has been named as the new editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper, but the Conservative MP has stated his intention to continue his role in the House of Commons rather than open the party to a byelection in his Tatton seat.

Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon’s calls for a second independence referendum, but did not rule out one after Britain leaves the European Union.

The Bank of England has voted 8-1 to stand pat on monetary policy, as widely expected by economists.

Bitter infighting broke out between Conservative MPs and the party's central office after it was revealed that one parliamentarian had been questioned by police under caution over his 2015 election expenses.

First time property buyers in the UK often have to save for as long as 10 years in order to place a deposit on a house, with more than two thirds saying it took more than two years, new research has found.

Wily punters are already betting very strong odds that Prime Minister Theresa May will call a general election this year rather than in 2020 as planned, and just as the country faces a potential Brexit-induced fragmentation led by Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Unemployment levels in the UK fell to the lowest rate since the summer of 1975, but wage growth continued to slow and reinforce the sharp squeeze on consumers coming from rising inflation.

Support for Scottish independence is at its highest level ever recorded according to a survey, but it also revealed that the majority of Scots hold eurosceptic views.

International events

The US central bank tightened policy but left its so-called 'dot-plot' graph largely unchanged, triggering a sharp rally in government bond markets.

Home price gains in China accelerated and broadened last month, leading to tighter requirements from Beijing on down-payments.

Former prime minister Tony Blair has vowed to combat the rise of populism through his new centrist think-tank, the Institute for Global Change.

Electric-vehicle maker Tesla Inc. has scooped up $1. 2bn in a capital raising of common shares and convertible debt, as it nears the launch of its Model 3 sedan.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has not ruled out the possibility of using military action in a long-running dispute with North Korea.US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has not ruled out the possibility of using military action in a long-running dispute with North Korea.

The European Central Bank might increase interest rates before it winds up its programme of quantitative easing, a top official said on Thursday evening.

In remarks to Bloomberg TV, saudi energy minister Khalid Al-Falih indicated his country might be open to extending a deal among many of the world's top producers to restrain their combined output past June.

US president Donald's Trump inaugural budget revealed a sharp shift towards in the country's priorities towards defence and domestic security.

American manufacturing activity in the mid-Atlantic region cooled a tad in February, but continued to point to gathering momentum, according to the results of a very closely-watched survey.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s liberal party has comfortably repelled the challenge of Geert Wilders’ far right Freedom Party to come out on top in the Dutch general election, in a key measure of support for establishment parties in Europe.

More news

19:02 UK to invest £246m in research and development into energy storage

On Monday, redT energy reported a £246m investment from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to aid in energy storage in the UK.

18:16 FTSE 250 movers: Miners Acacia and Petra dig midcaps deeper

The FTSE 250 fell on Monday, though not as much as its larger sibling, with two miners leading the retreat.

17:55 London close: FTSE ends in the red as airlines hit by Ryanair Brexit warning

London stocks ended in the red on Monday, with airlines under the cosh as Ryanair warned over the potential fallout from Brexit.

17:39 Europe close: Stocks end mostly lower as autos skid

European stocks ended mostly lower on Monday, with autos under the cosh as investors digested the latest data on the eurozone manufacturing and services sectors.

17:03 Tuesday preview: Provident Financial in focus, though Victrex could surprise

Tuesday will see the number of companies reporting step up before the throttle is turned right up later in the week, with Croda International, Informa and Segro joined by sub-prime lender Provident Financial following its recent profit warning.

17:49 Acacia Mining hit with USD190bn tax bill from Tanzanian government

Acacia Mining has been sent a tax bill from the Tanzanian authorities totalling around $190bn for unpaid tax and penalties from its Bulyanhulu and Buzwagi mines in the country, which the London-listed company disputes.

15:55 Tesco to launch same day grocery delivery service across UK

Tesco announced on Monday that it will be launching its same day online grocery delivery service across the entire UK from next month.

15:43 US open: Stocks mostly lower as investors eye Alphabet earnings

US stocks were trading mostly lower on Monday as investors awaited corporate news from the likes of Alphabet ahead of what promises to be a busy week on the earnings front.

15:36 FTSE 100 movers: Burberry in fashion as Frere lifts stake; easyjet descends

Burberry shares spiked on Monday afternoon after billionaire Albert Frere lifted his stake in the high-end fashion retailer to 4% from 3%.

15:23 US existing home sales drop more than expected in June

Sales of US existing homes fell more than expected in June, according to data from the National Association of Realtors.