- Fresnillo, Ashmore, Schroders lead the risers on the Footsie
The FTSE 100 edged higher on Wednesday morning ahead of the Bank of England minutes due out shortly. Meanwhile, a well-received earnings report from Swiss banking titan Credit Suisse lifted the mood for European markets early on.
The minutes from the July meeting of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee are due out at 09:30. "We expect the MPC minutes to show that the vote to keep Bank Rate at 0.5% and to increase the stock of asset purchases by £50bn to £375bn were both unanimous," said analysts at Barclays Capital.
Stocks were dampened yesterday by the Federal Reserve's semi-annual policy report to Congress as Chairman Ben Bernanke said that the central bank is "prepared to take further action as appropriate". The comments were more or less in line with his comments in the past, disappointing markets who were hoping for hints at further stimulus.
FTSE 100: Fresnillo jumps; Ashmore, Schroders lifted by broker upgrades
Silver and gold miner Fresnillo surged after notching up record levels of gold production in the second quarter while silver output was up quarter-on-quarter.
Fund managers Ashmore and Schroders were high risers early on after Goldman Sachs upgraded its ratings on the stocks to 'buy' and 'conviction buy', respectively.
RSA Insurance was a heavy faller after the miserable weather over the past few months put a dampener on its full-year underwriting performance.
Real estate group Land Securities fell despite saying that it has seen "good momentum" on lettings across all schemes in the first quarter. Land Secs and sector peers Hammerson and British Land were being pressured lower after Barclays Capital downgraded the stocks to 'equal weight'. Meanwhile, tobacco giant Imperial fell after going ex-dividend.
Oil and gas giant Tullow edged higher after finding oil and gas-condensate at its Wawa-1 well offshore Ghana, likely to reassure shareholders who were disappointed on Monday after the firm said that it had plugged and abandoned a well in Guyana due to safety concerns.
Resources behemoth BHP Billiton was making small gains after achieving annual production records across ten of its operations in the year to the end of June.
FTSE 250: CSR pulls back; Homeserve up after quashing M&A rumours
Wireless technology and computer chip company CSR was in the red, pulling back after gaining over 30% the day before as it announced the sale of its handset connectivity technology business to Samsung. UBS downgraded the stock from 'buy' to 'neutral' this morning.
Homeserve, the troubled emergency home repairs company, jumped despite denying it is in talks about a possible takeover.
Food and drink wholesaler Booker advanced after posting a 1.7% increase in sales for the 12 weeks to June 22nd and saying it remains on course to meet expectations for the full year.
FTSE 100 - Risers
Fresnillo (FRES) 1,465.00p +4.05%
Ashmore Group (ASHM) 330.60p +2.67%
G4S (GFS) 244.60p +1.92%
Burberry Group (BRBY) 1,217.00p +1.76%
Capital Shopping Centres Group (CSCG) 331.80p +1.34%
Stocks pulled back on Monday morning on the back of a series of gloomy figures from economic powerhouse China, with Severn Trent leading the FTSE 100 lower as its potential takeover is put at risk. [10 Jun '13]
FTSE 100-listed mining company BHP Billiton has taken action to reduce its outgoing expenditure with the temporary closure of high cost metallurgical coal mines and 0.8bn dollars in annualised cash cost savings achieved for the coal business in the first half of 2013. [29 May '13]
Investor sentiment seems to have firmed a little in the first half of the session. That comes after a cautious start higher after the long weekend and as traders continued to debate about how much further the current push higher in equity markets has to go. [7 May '13]
Investors in London have come back from the long weekend with a slightly cautious attitude, as traders continue to debate whether the current push higher in equity markets will be sustained or not. [7 May '13]
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