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FTSE 100 movers: Merlin boosted by SeaWorld speculation; Aviva goes ex-div

Thu, 5th Oct 2017 12:51


(ShareCast News) - The FTSE 100 was up 0.38% in afternoon trading on Thursday as the pound fell further after PM Theresa May's disastrous speech at the Tory party conference a day earlier.

Merlin Entertainments was top of the leaderboard, boosted by reports that it was in talks with SeaWorld about a possible acquisition.

Mediclinic was also among the top performers as it received an upgrade to a 'neutral' recommendation from analysts at Goldman Sachs. The US investment bank considers that the hospital operator has seen underperformance in recent months and now represents better value.

Miners Glencore and Anglo American made a push towards the top of the table, the former having its 'buy' rating reiterated by Citigroup in a broker note.

Going the other way, Aviva was the biggest faller as it announced an agreement to buy a majority stake in investment service Wealthify for an undisclosed sum. It also went ex-dividend, as did advertising giant WPP which was also among the worst performers, along with Next and British Land.

Energy firm Centrica was also in the red after May announced during her speech on Wednesday that there would be an energy price cap introduced by the government next week.

Risers

Antofagasta (ANTO) 1,000.00p 2.72%

Anglo American (AAL) 1,467.00p 2.59%

Merlin Entertainments (MERL) 460.00p 2.59%

Glencore (GLEN) 368.50p 2.53%

Rio Tinto (RIO) 3,677.50p 1.83%

Carnival (CCL) 4,924.00p 1.55%

Mediclinic International (MDC) 662.50p 1.38%

Micro Focus International (MCRO) 2,431.00p 1.38%

Worldpay Group (WPG) 412.20p 1.28%

Tesco (TSCO) 186.30p 1.28%

Fallers

Aviva (AV.) 490.90p -1.60%

Next (NXT) 5,165.00p -1.53%

WPP (WPP) 1,382.00p -1.50%

Centrica (CNA) 177.10p -1.23%

British Land Company (BLND) 600.00p -1.15%

BAE Systems (BA.) 613.00p -1.13%

Barclays (BARC) 190.50p -0.96%

G4S (GFS) 279.60p -0.92%

Land Securities Group (LAND) 976.00p -0.86%

International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (CDI) (IAG) 610.50p -0.81%




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