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04 Feb 2021 | 14:45

FTSE 100 movers: Unilever slumps after results; banks rally on BoE

(Sharecast News) - London's FTSE 100 was down 0.2% at 6,493.43 in afternoon trade on Thursday.

Unilever was on the back foot after the consumer goods giant increased its fourth-quarter dividend and reported a decline in annual profit caused mainly by currency swings.

BT Group was also down after saying it was on track to meet full-year forecasts despite a fall in third-quarter core earnings.

Banks were the top gainers, with Lloyds and NatWest both up, along with Barclays, after the Bank of England said it was the right time to begin preparations for negative interest rates but signalled that such a move was not necessary.

Compass Group rallied as it told shareholders it was sorry for substandard free school meal packages and said revenue fell by a third in the first quarter, with no pickup expected in the second quarter.

Premier Inn owner Whitbread gained after it said late on Wednesday that it had refinanced its credit facility and priced two new green bonds.

More generally, travel and leisure stocks were on the rise, most likely on the back of vaccine optimism, with British Airways parent IAG, engine maker Rolls-Royce and InterContinental Hotels all firmer.

FTSE 100 - Risers

Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY) 36.29p 6.17% NATWEST GROUP PLC ORD 100P (NWG) 164.00p 5.64% Compass Group (CPG) 1,419.00p 5.15% Whitbread (WTB) 3,144.00p 5.01% International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (CDI) (IAG) 153.80p 3.36% Barclays (BARC) 146.02p 2.64% Rolls-Royce Holdings (RR.) 93.98p 2.29% InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) 4,957.00p 2.27% Ashtead Group (AHT) 3,907.00p 2.17% Persimmon (PSN) 2,758.00p 2.15%

FTSE 100 - Fallers

Unilever (ULVR) 4,114.00p -5.12% Fresnillo (FRES) 993.20p -3.95% Just Eat Takeaway.Com N.V. (CDI) (JET) 7,916.00p -3.39% BT Group (BT.A) 124.55p -3.22% Polymetal International (POLY) 1,595.00p -2.60% United Utilities Group (UU.) 913.20p -2.39% Imperial Brands (IMB) 1,432.50p -2.02% Ocado Group (OCDO) 2,791.00p -1.93% Aviva (AV.) 350.30p -1.85% Pennon Group (PNN) 935.00p -1.85%

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