Share Price.com
Market Update Economic Events Directors Deals Commodities Prices News Market Movers

Falling oil price hits FTSE 100

Wednesday, 27th March 2019
Miners and oil majors weakened amid falling oil prices on reports US inventories rose last week, causing the FTSE 100 to dip 2.1 points to 7,194.

Sterling was volatile throughout the day ahead of a series of indicative votes from MPs that could potentially result in a softer Brexit and after a ruling from the Speaker of the House of Commons which brought into question a third meaningful vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal.

European equities and Wall Street were also subdued.

In corporate news, Debenhams jumped 27.4% after Sports Direct said it had proposed a takeover bid worth £61.4m for the ailing department store chain. Sports Direct retreated 0.5%.

LARGE AND MID CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Pets at Home gained 3.1% to 160.5p after Citigroup upgraded its investment rating from 'neutral' to 'buy.

CVC Capital Partners sold a significant stake in virus protection software maker Avast, causing shares in the latter to fall 4.5% to 283.5p.

Tobacco company Imperial Brands slipped 0.5% despite forecasting annual revenue at the upper end of its guidance range.

Bellway Homes added 2.2% after it reported an 8.7% rise in first-half profit, buoyed by higher home completions and selling prices.

AstraZeneca fell 0.9%, even as Japanese regulators approved its oral treatment for Type 1 diabetes.

RDI REIT rallied 14% on confirming media speculation that it had received an unsolicited takeover approach from Cromwell Property Group.

Food packing business Hilton Food surrendered earlier gains to trade down 2.8% to 914p as the acquisition in 2017 of seafood distributor Seachill helped boost its annual profit 27%.

Heat resistant materials supplier RHI Magnesita slipped 1.2% after it swung to a full-year profit, as volume growth and pricing gains propelled sales.

SMALL CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Advertising group M&C Saatchi posted a 16% rise in annual profit as it won new projects from clients including Reebok, eBay and Tourism Australia. Its shares, however, fell 3.6%.

OptiBiotix Health gained 1.4% on revealing that it had entered into a three-year distribution agreement with Silv Expo for Russia and Kazakhstan.


Story provided by StockMarketWire.com

Related Shares: Astrazeneca, Avast, Bellway, Imp.brands

Share Search
Share Search Share Search

Visit the Share Search.
Share Search

Share News
Share News



SharePrice.com will do their best to ensure the quality of the information displayed on this site, but all information is provided as-is, free of charge. We cannot be held responsible for any loss, material or otherwise, due to incorrect information found here. UK data supplied by NBTrader and Digital Look. Share Prices are at least 15 minutes delayed.