FTSE flat on quiet corporate day

The FTSE 100 was broadly flat amid a lack of corporate updates, nudging only 0.1% higher to 6,938.

In the UK, construction output declined by 0.6% compared to September, according to the Office for National Statistics. The biggest factor was a lower contribution from infrastructure, while repair and maintenance failed to grow.

West Texas Intermediate crude oil climbed 0.9% to $51.32 and Brent crude oil gained 0.6% to $54.23 per barrel, respectively.

Gold nudged lower to $1,167 per ounce, while copper jumped 0.7% to $5,820 per tonne.

FTSE 100 RISERS AND FALLERS

Communication services group WPP (WPP) reported its operating PR firm Burson-Marsteller acquired a minority stake in its Kenyan affiliate, Engage Burson-Marsteller.

FTSE 250 RISERS AND FALLERS

Specialist publisher Euromoney Institutional Investor (ERM) fell 5.3% to £10.60 as parent Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT) confirmed plans to put 32.3 million shares in the business up for sale at 975p. DMGT said it wants to reduce its stake from 67% to 49% for £315m.

Trading platforms CMC Markets (CMCX) and IG (IGG) helped to stem heavy losses as both firms attempted to calm nerves on new restrictions from Germany’s financial regulator. A ban on selling contract for difference products to retail customers if they can lose more money than they have in their account was announced yesterday.

Landscaping products manufacturer Marshalls (MSLH) revealed a flat order book for domestic installers at the end of October, prompting a 5.8% decline in the stock.

Textile service business Berendsen (BRSN) announced its UK Cleanroom business is under investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority, in relation to agreements with a joint venture in 2012.

SMALL CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

The oldest fruit brand in the world Fyffes (FFY) bloomed 45% to 187p on a recommended cash offer of €2.23 (189p) per share from Japanese conglomerate the Sumitomo Corporation.

Shares in recruiter SThree (STHR) nudged higher as full year pre-tax profit was expected to be slightly above the top end of market expectations of around £39m.

Market researcher Brainjuicer (BJU) delivered good news to investors as full year profit is expected to be ahead of expectations due to stronger trading and the weak pound.

Environmental consultant Waterman (WTM) blossomed 4.9% after reporting in line performance and revenue was expected to be above the previous year in an AGM trading statement.

Miner Metal Tiger (MTR) gained 7.4% on a strategic rehaul and good results from drilling on its Botswana copper/silver project.

Photo booth operator Photo-Me International (PHTM) hiked its dividend by a fifth to 3.09p per share as pre-tax profit rose by a fifth from £25.8m to £31m.

Premier African Minerals (PREM) decided not to exercise its option to acquire up to 30% in Casa Mining, boosting the stock by 8%.

Information management software supplier Ideagen (IDEA) announced the acquisition of IPI Solutions for £5.54m.

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