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Share Price: 807.60Bid: 807.50Ask: 807.60Change: 0.00 (0.00%)No Movement on Bhp Billiton
Spread: 0.10Spread as %: 0.01%Open: 823.00High: 825.50Low: 797.50Yesterday’s Close: 807.60

London open: Stocks flat ahead of ECB refinancing operation

Wed, 29th Feb 2012 08:31

- Investors await ECB's LTRO.

- ITV jumps 7% after strong 2011.

- Ludowici issues overshadow impressive 2011 for Weir.

The Footsie lacked direction in the opening hour on Wednesday as investors hold out for the result of the European Central Bank's (ECB's) second longer term refinancing operation, to be announced later today. ITV and IAG led the risers early on, while Weir and a host of ex-div stocks weighed on the market.

Consensus expectations are for bank bids for the ECB's long-term refinancing operation (LTRO) worth €470bn in liquidity, with some analysts suggesting that anything over €400bn could elicit a positive reaction from equity markets.

At 09:45, Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mervyn King, Deputy Governors Charles Bean and Paul Tucker and external MPC member Adam Posen will appear before the Treasury Committee. In a speech last night the BoE Deputy Governor for Financial Stability, Tucker, said that easing regulatory constraints on banks in order to encourage lending and assist the economic recovery would be counterproductive.

Consultancy GfK's monthly index of consumer confidence remained at the -29 point level during the month of February, a seven month high. Consensus estimates has been for a small increase to -27.


Terrestrial broadcaster ITV jumped over 7% after it shrugged off concerns about a subdued advertising market to achieve top-line growth and forecast-beating profits. External revenues were up 4% in 2010 to £2,140m from £2,064m in 2010, with the improvement driven by non-advertising revenues (NAR). Total non-net advertising revenues (non-NAR) jumped 11% to £922m from £829m in 2010, mainly due to revenue growth from the UK and international studios businesses.

British Airways and Iberia owner International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) reported a five-fold increase in pre-tax profit in the year ended December 31st, from €84m to €503m, respite a 29.7% increase in fuel costs.

Meanwhile, Asia-focused banking colossus Standard Chartered notched up its ninth successive year of record income and profit in 2011 and reckons it is in good shape to face whatever 2012 throws at it. The stock, along with banking peers Lloyds and HSBC, was making gains in early trading.

Leading the downside was Essar Energy, two days after reporting a sharp drop in full-year pre-tax profits.

Engineering giant Weir hit its 2014 profit targets early, after seeing adjusted pre-tax profits rise by a third in 2011, helped by record performances in its Minerals and Oil and Gas divisions. However, despite the strong performance, shares were down 3.5%, owing to the group's ongoing battles in its bidding war with Danish rival FLSmidth over the takeover of Australian mining equipment supplier Ludowici.

BHP Billiton and Diageo were among the fallers on the FTSE 100 after going trading without the right to its latest dividend. Meanwhile, Kier, Hays and easyJet were falling after going ex-dividend on the FTSE 250.


Support services and construction group Interserve managed to increase profit despite tough conditions in construction markets in 2011. Gross revenue, which includes the company's share of associates and joint ventures, rose 0.2% to £2,430m in 2011 from £3,215m the year before.

National Express reported record annual profit and hiked its dividend after a stellar performance from its UK coach and US school bus operations. Pre-tax profit rose to £180.2m in the year ended 31 December 2011 from £97.3m the year before after growth in every division.

House builder Taylor Wimpey fell after reporting revenues and profits that came in shy of expectations.


FTSE 100 - Risers

ITV (ITV) 86.30p +7.20%

International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (IAG) 168.00p +2.94%

GKN (GKN) 225.40p +1.44%

Polymetal International (POLY) 1,083.00p +1.31%

Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY) 35.23p +1.13%

HSBC Holdings (HSBA) 565.50p +1.11%

Standard Chartered (STAN) 1,639.00p +1.05%

Schroders (SDR) 1,594.00p +1.01%

Serco Group (SRP) 553.50p +1.00%

Aviva (AV.) 373.30p +0.84%

FTSE 100 - Fallers

Essar Energy (ESSR) 108.70p -4.14%

Weir Group (WEIR) 2,129.00p -3.45%

BHP Billiton (BLT) 2,088.50p -1.46%

CRH (CRH) 1,323.00p -1.42%

Diageo (DGE) 1,488.50p -1.26%

WPP (WPP) 806.00p -1.10%

Ashmore Group (ASHM) 391.70p -0.96%

Rio Tinto (RIO) 3,695.00p -0.95%

Vodafone Group (VOD) 171.05p -0.75%

Bunzl (BNZL) 939.00p -0.58%

FTSE 250 - Risers

Interserve (IRV) 305.00p +4.45%

National Express Group (NEX) 228.40p +3.25%

Bodycote (BOY) 410.00p +2.50%

Cable & Wireless Worldwide (CW.) 27.90p +2.39%

International Personal Finance (IPF) 227.90p +1.65%

African Barrick Gold (ABG) 480.60p +1.39%

BH Macro Ltd. EUR Shares (BHME) € 19.95 +1.27%

Elementis (ELM) 160.30p +1.26%

Howden Joinery Group (HWDN) 119.00p +1.19%

Go-Ahead Group (GOG) 1,283.00p +1.18%

FTSE 250 - Fallers

Aberdeen Asset Management (ADN) 239.50p -5.49%

IG Group Holdings (IGG) 446.20p -3.65%

Restaurant Group (RTN) 280.00p -3.61%

Taylor Wimpey (TW.) 50.85p -3.42%

Beazley (BEZ) 147.00p -3.16% Group (MONY) 125.70p -2.93%

Afren (AFR) 135.70p -2.58%

easyJet (EZJ) 446.10p -2.58%

Kier Group (KIE) 1,272.00p -2.15%

Witan Inv Trust (WTAN) 487.10p -2.05%

Tuesday newspaper round-up: BHP, Sports Direct, France

(ShareCast News) - BHP Billiton is reviewing the management of two big operations after the Samarco mudslide in Brazil that killed at least nine people. Andrew Mackenzie, the miner's chief executive, told analysts and investors yesterday that the company was reviewing all of its dams worldwide. He also revealed that BHP was considering moving away from the arrangement whereby mines that it partly owns are managed by committee rather than by a single operator. The Samarco mine
[17 Nov '15 07:23]

BHP Billiton confirms nine fatalities at Samarco; licence suspended

(ShareCast News) - BHP Billiton confirmed on Friday that there were nine fatalities at the incident at its Samarco Mineração SA joint venture with Brazilian miner Vale SA and said the operating licence for the mine has been suspended.
[13 Nov '15 07:19]

London pre-open: Investors are all ears ahead of ECB's Draghi, Fed's Yellen

(ShareCast News) - Will the European Central Bank pull the trigger on a new round of quantitative easing when it meets in December?
[12 Nov '15 07:51]

Thursday newspaper round-up: BHP Billiton, ECB QE, Home prices

(ShareCast News) - BHP Billiton faces worsening fallout from the Samarco mine dam disaster after the Brazilian government said the Anglo-Australian mining giant could face a fine for the "environmental catastrophe". As BHP's share price in Australia pushed near 10-year lows on Thursday, the government in Brasilia has become increasingly concerned over the rising death toll and contaminated mud flowing through two states as a result of the disaster. - The Guardian
[12 Nov '15 07:24]

Barclays cuts European mining sector to 'neutral' on cloudy outlook

(ShareCast News) - Barclays downgraded its stance on the European mining sector to 'neutral' from 'positive', noting that 2015 has been another bad year.
[10 Nov '15 10:36]

BHP to review 2016 iron ore production guidance after Brazil mine disaster

(ShareCast News) - BHP Billiton's iron ore production guidance for the 2016 financial year is under review after a dam collapse at a Brazilian iron ore mine co-owned by the company left at least two people dead and dozens missing, the company said on Monday.
[9 Nov '15 07:23]

FTSE 100 movers: Mining millstone reverses, IHG and IAG jump

(ShareCast News) - The FTSE 100 spiked in mid afternoon on Friday, rebounding on the back of the US jobs report, before promptly being yanked back into negative territory by the millstone of depressed mining stocks.
[6 Nov '15 14:10]

London open: All eyes trained on October US jobs report

(ShareCast News) - Investors stuck to the sidelines ahead of what some analysts believed would be a make-or-break jobs report for market expectations of a rate hike by the US central bank in December.
[6 Nov '15 08:31]

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