The FTSE 100 failed to break into positive territory on a quiet corporate day.
Banks pulled the blue-chip index down, with Standard Chartered (STAN), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Lloyds (LLOY) trading up to 2.1% lower.
West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil fell 0.9% to $45.88 and Brent crude oil slipped 0.5% to $47.41 per barrel, respectively.
Gold was stable at $1,340 per ounce while copper rose 0.4% to $4,850 per tonne.
Polymetal (POLY) fell 7.4% to 981p after PPF Group, through Fodina, and Staroak said they would sell up to 26 million shares in the company using an accelerated bookbuild. Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley were the joint bookrunners.
Anglo American (AAL) advanced 3.3% to 951p following the appointment of Stephen Pearce as finance director, following Rene Medori’s decision to retire, which was announced in April.
US manufacturing growth eased in September amid the slowest expansion of new orders this year, according to Markit.
MID CAP RISERS AND FALLERS
News that David Forsey, CEO of scandal-hit Sports Direct, (SPD) quit and founder Mike Ashley will step in pushed the stock 5.5% higher to 302.8p.
Opioid addiction treatment specialist Indivior (INDV) dropped 3.9% to 313.5p as 35 US states launched a civil claim against the company. They stated that Indivior blocked generic competition by getting patients to switch to a dissolvable strip version of its Suboxone product as the tablet version’s patent expired.
SMALL CAP RISERS AND FALLERS
Mineral explorer Kibo Mining (KIBO) scrapped a plan to merge its gold assets with Lake Victoria Gold in favour of new deal with cash shell Opera Investment (OPRA). Shares dropped 7% to 8.25p.
ASA Resource (ASA) climbed 18.7% as nickel sales rose, although the average price was lower at $5,520 per tonne.
GCM Resources (GCM) disappointed the market when it received no notice from the Bangladesh government concerning whether it intends to change its contract amid rumours it has decided not to proceed. Its shares crashed 25.4% to 11.75p.
The market was lukewarm on Vodafone’s (VOD) extended partner market agreement with Afrimax in Cameroon. Under the Vodafone Cameroon brand, they will launch mobile data services in Douala and Yaounde, and run a host of services kiosks across other sites.
Veterinary services consolidator CVS (CVSG) was flat on full-year results. Some investors were concerned that ‘investment in a number of longer term initiatives will have a slightly negative impact on our profits in the short term before generating positive returns’.
Technology investor NetScientific (NSCI) gained 9.9% to 83p after portfolio company Wanda was selected by 24Hr HomeCare in LA to use its predictive analytics and behavioural guidance technology to monitor OAPs and the disabled in their homes.
BMR (BMR) and its wholly owned subsidiary Enviro Mining entered a project construction and trade finance facility for up to $5.2 million with African Compass International, boosting its share price by 4.5%.
Investors were unimpressed with Constellation Healthcare Technologies (CHT) acquisition of VEGA Medial Professionals for a maximum of $24 million. The company traded 4.5% lower at 171p.
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