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FTSE mixed as GBP rises, pharmas, resources fall

23 June 2017 08:34

London shares are mixed and sideways in early Friday deals with the blue-chip ladder down as sterling enjoyed rises against both the dollar and euro and as pharma and resources stocks come under pressure.

Last night PM Theresa May said EU citizens who arrived lawfully in the UK before Brexit would have the chance to accrue the same rights as UK citizens to work, healthcare and benefits.

Not long after the open, the FTSE 100 was down 9.75 points, or 0.13%, to 7429.54, with the FTSE 250 up 5.56, or 0.03%, to 19,664.09.

Pharmas were southbound focus with Shire (SHP) falling 1.75% to 4545.25 and Astrazeneca (AZN) losing 1.16% to 5444p.

Miners chased Antofagasta (ANTO), down 1.48% to 763p. Other falling miners lost less. Oil wsa led by Shell (RDSA), down 0.87% to 2048.5p, and BP (BP.), down 0.82% to 453p.

Rio Tinto (RIO), up 0.02% to 3039.25p, has successfully completed its bond tender and redemption exercises announced on 22 May 2017 and has reduced gross debt by a further $2.5bn.

To the upside, ITV (ITV) was leading with a 2.29% gain to 180.95p, and was follwed by 3i Group (III), ahead 1.06% to 909.5p.

Insurers were firming after Admiral (ADM), up 0.95% to 2024p, and Direct Line (DLG), up 0.8% to 359.75p. Commercial property stocks rose after Land Securities (LAND), up 0.5% to 1022.5p.

Meanwhile, PM May's offer fell very short of the EU's reasonable request for its citizens living in the UK to maintain all EU rights in perpetuity. It also came after her pledge to deliver "strong and stable" government following the election.

BIGGER MOVERS

Ncondezi Energy Ltd (NCCL), up 95.65% to 5.63p, has raised an additional $582,000 from existing lenders and senior management to be used to fund the new partner search and to provide working capital for the group.

blur (BLUR), down 54.41% to 3.88p, has warned shareholders the value of their holdings could be severely reduced or become nil unless it secures alternative near-term financing within the next few weeks.

European Wealth (EWG), down 11.29% to 27.5p, said its assets under management rose 25% to £1.5bn in the year to the end of December. It also said it had entered into a subscription and underwriting agreement with Astoria and Kingswood to raise £9.2m.

LONDON HIGHLIGHTS

Zenith Energy (ZEN), down 9.09% to 7.5p, said Italian coiled tubing company Smape Srl is to perform several well interventions in the Muradkhanli, Jafarli and Zardab fields, the first of which will be well M-195.

Falcon Media House (FAL), up 8.7% to 15.63p, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Tata Communications (UK) to collaborate on an over-the-top service aimed at brands and content rights' holders.

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings (RQIH), up 5.56% to 142.5p, has reached agreement to sell the entire share capital of its Lloyd's managing agency, R&Q Managing Agency Ltd (RQMA), to Coverys. It would received a cash payment of $22.6m.

Red Rock Resources (RRR), down 5.13% to 0.93p, has entered into financing agreements under which it will fund Steelmin Ltd to complete the refurbishment and recommissioning of a ferrosilicon smelter in Jajce, Bosnia, and acquire an interest in that company.

SolGold (SOLG), up 2.9% to 40.13p, has provided an update on the assay results from Holes 24 and 25 at Cascabel, its copper-gold porphyry project in Ecuador. Crystal Amber Fund (CRS), Workspace (WKP), down 0.14% toi 914.25p, has acquired Salisbury House at 28-31 Finsbury Circus, London EC2, for cash of £158.7m.

Flowtech Fluidpower (FLO), up 2.12% to 138.88p, has strengthened its power motion control division via the acquisition of Hi-Power Ltd and the business and certain assets of Hi-Power Hydraulics.

SRT Marine Systems (SRT), up 2.08% to 49p, has received a contract from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation to supply a package of specialist AIS Class B transceivers and communication devices, satellite AIS data and a vessel tracking display system in Somalia.

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