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FTSE 100 Closes Down as Covid Cases Rise

07/19/2021 | 12:13pm EST

The FTSE 100 closed down Monday amid a sharp rise in Delta variant cases and self-isolation levels in the U.K. Despite easing Covid-19 restrictions, there remains "concern that hospitalizations could rise to a level that might overwhelm the National Health Service," says Michael Hewson, Chief Market Analyst at CMC Markets U.K.

 
Companies News: 

Lithium Miner Bradda Head Shares Rise on Trading Debut

Shares in Bradda Head Holdings Ltd., a North America-focused lithium development group, rose Monday as they began trading on London's junior AIM market.

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Roquefort Investments Encouraged by Early Opportunities for Acquisitions

Roquefort Investments PLC said Monday that it has been encouraged by the initial due diligence it has carried out on some opportunities as it sees to acquire a biotechnology business.

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M.P. Evans Group 1H Crude Palm-Oil Production Rose; Maintains Dividend

M.P. Evans Group PLC said Monday that crude palm-oil production for the first half of 2021 rose 29%, and that the board maintains its intention to recommend a total dividend.

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Watkins Jones Names Future Chairman and CFO

Watkin Jones PLC said Monday that it has appointed Alan Giddins as chairman-designate with immediate effect, and Sarah Sergeant as chief financial officer-designate effective from Oct. 6.

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Logistics Software Company Microlise to Raise GBP18.6 Mln in London IPO

Microlise Group PLC, a provider of transport-management software, said Monday that it plans to raise 18.6 million pounds ($25.6 million) through an initial public offering on London's junior AIM market at a valuation of GBP156.5 million.

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Revolution Beauty Shares Fall in London Market Debut

Shares of Revolution Beauty Group PLC fell as much as 6.3% on Monday as the company started trading on London's junior AIM, implying a market capitalization of 464.1 million pounds ($639 million).

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East Star Resources to Acquire Discovery Ventures Kazakhstan in Reverse Takeover Deal

East Star Resources PLC, a London-listed special purpose acquisition company, requested on Monday that its shares be temporarily suspended after reaching an agreement for the conditional acquisition of Discovery Ventures Kazakhstan Ltd., a deal that will constitute a reverse takeover.

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Samuel Heath & Sons Executive Chairman Dies

Samuel Heath & Sons PLC said Monday that Executive Chairman Sam Heath died on Friday.

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Biffa's 1Q Revenue Rose Ahead of Internal Expectations

Biffa PLC said Monday that its performance in the first three months of fiscal 2022 was materially ahead of management expectations, as revenue rose when compared with pre-Covid levels.

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Sareum Holdings Gets GBP1 Mln Investment to Advance Drug Development

Sareum Holdings PLC said Monday that it has raised 1 million pounds ($1.4 million) at a premium from a high-net-worth individual to advance its drug-development programs into the clinical stage.

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Zoom Video, Five9, Exxon, IBM: What to Watch When the Stock Market Opens Today

Global stocks are broadly lower, along with government-bond yields and commodity prices, amid renewed anxiety around the Delta variant of Covid-19 and inflation. Here's what we're watching ahead of Monday's open. Full market wrap here.

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Spire Healthcare Shareholders Reject Proposed Acquisition by Ramsay

Shares in Spire Healthcare Group PLC fell Monday after the company said that shareholders rejected the recommended cash acquisition of the company by Ramsay Health Care Ltd.

 
Market Talk: 

EUR/GBP to Weaken to 0.84 By Year-End, 0.83 in 2022, Says UBS GWM

1232 GMT - UBS Global Wealth Management maintains its year-end target of 0.84 for EUR/GBP and expects further EUR weakness next year to 0.83, due to diverging central bank policy. "A stronger-than-expected economy has put the Bank of England in a hawkish mood, meanwhile the European Central Bank has turned even more dovish," say UBS GWM's strategist Thomas Flury and economist Dean Turner. The ECB as likely to keep stimulus in place "much longer" than the BOE, they say. UBS GWM expects EUR/GBP to remain in a 0.83-0.87 range near term, but with synchronized global growth later it could test the 0.80 level. Meanwhile, the 0.90 level is a "hard upside resistance." EUR/GBP last trades up 0.2% at 0.8588.

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Unilever Tipped to Report Higher 1H Sales

1252 GMT - Unilever investors will be seeking confirmation in the consumer-goods group's first-half results Thursday about whether it's on track to hit sales targets. Chief Executive Alan Jope has said Unilever expects to boost underlying sales in 2021 in line with a longer-term target range of 3-5%, with the first half around the top of that, Hargreaves Lansdown says. "This week, we'll find out if that target's intact," says HL analyst Sophie Lund-Yates, adding that the company's recovery from coronavirus disruption in regional markets such as India and Europe is likely to be of interest. "We expect the trading picture is still mixed," she says.

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Royal Mail's Parcel Fortunes Set to Face 1Q Spotlight

1257 GMT - Royal Mail's parcel-delivery business is likely to be in focus in a first-quarter update from the U.K. mail and parcel courier Wednesday July 21. Royal Mail's shares have eased in the last month as investors attempt to assess how the re-opening of the economy could affect its prospects, Hargreaves Lansdown says. "With high streets opening up, the e-commerce boom has showed signs of waning a little, although online retail sales remain significantly higher than pre-pandemic levels," HL analyst Susannah Streeter says, adding that cost control is also likely to be of interest.

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Royal Mail's Parcel Fortunes Set to Face 1Q Spotlight

1257 GMT - Royal Mail's parcel-delivery business is likely to be in focus in a first-quarter update from the U.K. mail and parcel courier Wednesday July 21. Royal Mail's shares have eased in the last month as investors attempt to assess how the re-opening of the economy could affect its prospects, Hargreaves Lansdown says. "With high streets opening up, the e-commerce boom has showed signs of waning a little, although online retail sales remain significantly higher than pre-pandemic levels," HL analyst Susannah Streeter says, adding that cost control is also likely to be of interest.

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Unilever Tipped to Report Higher 1H Sales

1252 GMT - Unilever investors will be seeking confirmation in the consumer-goods group's first-half results Thursday about whether it's on track to hit sales targets. Chief Executive Alan Jope has said Unilever expects to boost underlying sales in 2021 in line with a longer-term target range of 3-5%, with the first half around the top of that, Hargreaves Lansdown says. "This week, we'll find out if that target's intact," says HL analyst Sophie Lund-Yates, adding that the company's recovery from coronavirus disruption in regional markets such as India and Europe is likely to be of interest. "We expect the trading picture is still mixed," she says.

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EUR/GBP to Weaken to 0.84 By Year-End, 0.83 in 2022, Says UBS GWM

1232 GMT - UBS Global Wealth Management maintains its year-end target of 0.84 for EUR/GBP and expects further EUR weakness next year to 0.83, due to diverging central bank policy. "A stronger-than-expected economy has put the Bank of England in a hawkish mood, meanwhile the European Central Bank has turned even more dovish," say UBS GWM's strategist Thomas Flury and economist Dean Turner. The ECB as likely to keep stimulus in place "much longer" than the BOE, they say. UBS GWM expects EUR/GBP to remain in a 0.83-0.87 range near term, but with synchronized global growth later it could test the 0.80 level. Meanwhile, the 0.90 level is a "hard upside resistance." EUR/GBP last trades up 0.2% at 0.8588.

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Ocado Shares Drop After Warehouse Blaze

1133 GMT - Shares in Ocado Group are among the FTSE 100 Index's biggest fallers, down more than 4% after the online grocer and retail-technology specialist suffered a fire at one of its warehouses in England, according to a statement. Ocado said most of the site is in good condition and that it expects it to start operating again within the coming week. While Ocado said the blaze had disrupted its operations, the incident--which follows a fire at another of the company's distribution centers in 2019--may be of more concern to investors in terms of the company's attempts to secure more retail customers for its technology, analysts say.

Contact: London NewsPlus, Dow Jones Newswires; +44-20-7842-931

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

07-19-21 1213ET

Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR / BRITISH POUND (AUD/GBP) 0.19% 0.53633 Delayed Quote.-5.05%
AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR / EURO (AUD/EUR) 0.15% 0.63319 Delayed Quote.-0.06%
BIFFA PLC 1.14% 354.5 Delayed Quote.52.94%
BRITISH POUND / EURO (GBP/EUR) -0.04% 1.18044 Delayed Quote.5.27%
CANADIAN DOLLAR / BRITISH POUND (CAD/GBP) 0.02% 0.589081 Delayed Quote.1.83%
CANADIAN DOLLAR / EURO (CAD/EUR) -0.06% 0.695299 Delayed Quote.7.30%
CMC MARKETS PLC 3.82% 245.0616 Delayed Quote.-39.64%
CRUDE PALM OIL -0.32% 1175 End-of-day quote.39.04%
DJ INDUSTRIAL -2.53% 35064.84 Delayed Quote.14.03%
EURO / BRITISH POUND (EUR/GBP) 0.04% 0.847 Delayed Quote.-5.01%
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION 1.71% 62.08 Delayed Quote.51.14%
FIVE9, INC. -1.00% 139.95 Delayed Quote.-19.40%
FTSE 100 1.52% 7142.09 Delayed Quote.9.03%
HARGREAVES LANSDOWN PLC -4.57% 1353.5328 Delayed Quote.-6.79%
INDIAN RUPEE / BRITISH POUND (INR/GBP) -0.23% 0.01 Delayed Quote.0.03%
INDIAN RUPEE / EURO (INR/EUR) 0.23% 0.011823 Delayed Quote.5.28%
LONDON BRENT OIL 0.93% 76.22 Delayed Quote.59.07%
OCADO GROUP PLC -0.05% 1833.5 Delayed Quote.-20.03%
RAMSAY HEALTH CARE LIMITED -1.85% 66.42 End-of-day quote.6.82%
SAREUM HOLDINGS PLC -2.29% 5.765 Delayed Quote.143.30%
SPIRE HEALTHCARE GROUP PLC 0.00% 231 Delayed Quote.48.65%
UNILEVER PLC -0.39% 3937 Delayed Quote.-10.03%
US DOLLAR / BRITISH POUND (USD/GBP) 0.24% 0.751456 Delayed Quote.2.52%
US DOLLAR / EURO (USD/EUR) 0.20% 0.887233 Delayed Quote.7.91%
WATKIN JONES PLC 1.41% 247.2195 Delayed Quote.33.01%
WTI 1.41% 72.219 Delayed Quote.60.61%
ZOOM VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS, INC. -4.30% 211.45 Delayed Quote.-34.72%
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