FTSE indices sagged on opening this Black Friday, in keeping with market expectations, as traders looked to book profits. Blue-chip miners were under the cosh, with Rio Tinto (RIO) in the news, while broader financial, property and supermarket sector issues sortied south.
Soon after the open, FTSE 100 was down 32.91 points, or 0.51%, to 6360.22. FTSE 250 eased 53.26, or 0.31%, to 17,163.1. The market is looking to second-estimate UK GDP figures mid morning. At 8.45am, crude was lower, while gold and copper were at USD1067/oz and USD208/lb. Key European stocks indices were mildly lower.
Rio Tinto (RIO), down 1.54% to 2236p, is to expand output from one of the world's premier bauxite deposits following approval of the USD1.9bn Amrun project in Australia. Anglo American (AAL), off 4.93% to 414.3p, Fresnillo (FRES), off 2.77% to 728.25p, and other sector pals fell.
Among financials, investment specialist Hargreaves Lansdown (HL.) lost 1.56% to 1453p, while bank Standard Chartered (STAN) faded 1.31% to 558.2p and insurer Old Mutual (OML) lost 0.95% to 208.8p. Supermarkets were piloted lower by Tesco (TSCO), falling 0.94% to 168.4p. Oil majors were also tapering, as were several pharmas and consumer goods outfits.
Overall about 20 blue chips were making progress, these including utilities led by Severn Trent (SVT), up 0.45% to 2212p, and followed by National Grid (NG.). House builders, which impressed with gains earlier this week, were broadly down. Meantime, high-street retail was out of focus as the discount-rich and sector's so-called Black Friday got underway.
React Energy (REAC), down 30% to 3.5p, has substantially narrowed its FY pretax loss to 91,214 euros, from a year-ago loss of 14.7m euros. The comparative period included impairments totalling about 12.7m euros, versus 336,532 euros.
Anglesea Mining (AYM), down 24.67% to 1.13p, has recorded an H1 net loss of GBP0.14m, from a year-earlier loss of GBP0.88m. Forte Energy (FTE) rose 25% to 0.01p after advising all resolutions at its AGM were passed.
Aortech International (AOR) fell 12.07% to 25.5p as ut reoirted ab H1 loss attributable to owners of the parent company of USD0.56m, from a loss of USD98,000.
Stellar Diamonds (STEL), up 6.9% to 15.5p, has formally submitted its application for a large-scale mining licence for the Tongo project to the National Minerals Agency (NMA) of Sierra Leone.
Future (FUTR), down 4.55% to 10.5p, intends to raise about GBP3.3m gross via a placing of up to 33.m new shares at 10p each. Funds would be used to invest in a number of rapidly growing new revenue streams including e-commerce, events and digital advertising. It also reported a FY pretax loss of GBP2.3m, from a year-ago loss of GBP35.4m.
Pennon (PNN), up 4.33% to 873.25p, has hiked its H1 pretax profit by 6.8% to GBP106.8m, from GBP100.0m, adding that, with results likely to be weighted towards H1, it is on track to meet management expectations for FY 2015/16.
Volex (VLX), up 2.95% to 56.75p, has combined the roles of chairman and CEO to create an executive chairman position, to which Nathaniel Rothschild had been appointed with immediate effect.
TMT Investments (TMT), up 0.21% to 1.77p, has sold a small part of its equity stake in Pipedrive, Inc. The deal represents a roughly USD751,212, or 29%, hike in the fair value of TMT's investment in Pipedrive from June 30. Balfour Beatty (BBY), down 0.36% to 252p, has been awarded a GBP104m road scheme by Norfolk County Council.
Lamprell (LAM), up 0.93% to 108.25p, continues to deliver strong operational performance across its facilities and is on track to deliver 2015 results in line with previous guidance. All current projects are progressing well and Lamprell's yards are seeing high levels of activity.
Origin Enterprises (OGN), down 0.27% to 7.33p, said, at this stage of the year, it expects to achieve FY adjusted diluted EPS of 51-53 cents. It would update further at the time of its interim result in March.
Othre stocks in the news included Goals Soccer Centres (GOAL), Braveheart Investment Group (BRH), Rightster (RSTR), Rasmala (RMA), The Mission Marketing Group (TMMG) and Northern Bear (NTBR).