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Market Wrap - Midday

FTSE dives on election shock

18 April 2017 11:55

In a shocking turn of events, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a snap general election on 8 June to ensure 'certainty and security' as the country undergoes Brexit negotiations.

Sterling weakened against the euro and dollar and the FTSE 100 dived 1.6% to 7,211 as investors priced in this latest political shock.

Commodity prices remained weak across the board with iron and copper the biggest casualties, suffering a 4.7% and 1.4% drop respectively.

Anglo American (AAL) and Rio Tinto (RIO) were the biggest blue-chip fallers.

BP (BP.) slipped 3.2% as authorities were able to control an oil and gas spill on the north slope of Alaska after it was discovered on Friday morning, according to media reports.

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell (RDSB) slid 2.2%, while high street banks Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Barclays (BARC) acted as a further headwind.

Brent crude oil declined 0.8% to $55 per barrel and gold was 0.3% lower at $1,285 per ounce.

OVERSEAS MARKETS

Investors on Wall Street were feeling confident as it entered first quarter earnings season and rallied on bank and tech stocks. The Dow Jones closed 0.9% higher on Monday.

Political tensions over North Korea kept Asian markets subdued as China's SSE Composite and Hong Kong's Hang Seng slipped 0.7% and 1% respectively on Tuesday.

Japan remained resilient as the weaker yen helped exporting businesses such as Honda, prompting ther Nikkei 225 to close 0.3% higher.

FTSE 250 RISERS AND FALLERS

Decent third quarter trading from asset manager Ashmore (ASHM) failed to excite the market as its shares retreated 2.4% to 354.9p. The fall was surprising as management reported a 7% increase in assets under management to $55.9bn.

UK housebuilder Bovis (BVS) rose 1% to 921.3p thanks to a positive analyst note from broker Jefferies.

SMALL CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Nearly half of ASA Resource's (ASA) value was wiped off as the board reported there was strong evidence of funds amounting to 'several million US dollars' being transferred from the accounts of Freda Rebecca Gold Mine (FRGM) to entities in China. This was without full value being received by FRGM.

As a result of the shocking revelation, chief executive Yat Hoi Ning and finance director Mr Yim Kwan were fired. Several appointments by Ning were also said to be under review. The stock plummeted 48% to 1p.

Wey Education (WEY) rallied 25% to 14.4p after revealing in its half year results that it made its maiden profit after losing over £400,000 last year.

It was a disappointing day for Circassia Pharmaceuticals (CIR) as its top-line results for its investigational house dust mite allergy immunotherapy Phase IIb field study revealed a failure to achieve to its primary goals.

Elsewhere in the pharma space, Motif Bio (MTFB) announced positive results from REVIVE-1, its Phase IIII trial of its investigational drug candidate iclaprim in patients with complicated skin infections.

The largest regional airline in Europe Flybe (FLYB) flied 0.6% to 40p as its chief financial officer Philip de Klerk resigned to take up the reins at another company.

Investors in cloudBuy (CBUY) faced a bleak outlook as management warned that its outlook for the business remained challenging. The firm reported that cost-cutting and a focus on realistic revenue growth will improve its position in 2017 and 2018. Shares in the firm fell 3.4% to 3.2p. Story provided by StockMarketWire.com

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