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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Energy stocks drag FTSE 100 lower as Johnson sets out new Covid-19 curbs

After rising 0.3 per cent in morning trading, the blue-chip FTSE 100 ended 0.3 per cent lower, dragged down by oil majors BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, with a rise in the pound also pressuring exporters. — Reuters pic
After rising 0.3 per cent in morning trading, the blue-chip FTSE 100 ended 0.3 per cent lower, dragged down by oil majors BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, with a rise in the pound also pressuring exporters. — Reuters pic

LONDON, Oct 13 ― London's FTSE 100 fell yesterday in a choppy trading session as a dip in oil prices hit energy stocks and as Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out fresh restrictions to contain the growing coronavirus crisis.

After rising 0.3 per cent in morning trading, the blue-chip FTSE 100 ended 0.3 per cent lower, dragged down by oil majors BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, with a rise in the pound also pressuring exporters.

The mid-cap FTSE 250, on the other hand, closed 0.5 per cent higher, led by a jump in shares of corporate services firm Sanne Group Plc after RBC upgraded its rating on the stock to “outperform”.

All eyes this week will be on a European Union summit for clues on Brexit negotiations. Johnson had set a deadline of October 15 for agreeing a trade deal and Britain's chief negotiator David Frost is in Brussels for intensified talks with the EU.

“It's a big week for the UK as trade talks with the EU enter a crucial stage,” said Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell.

Hopes of further US stimulus boosted UK stock markets over the past two weeks, but analysts have warned trading could get more volatile as new business restrictions threaten a nascent domestic recovery.

In an address to Parliament yesterday, Johnson set out a three-tiered system of local lockdown measures in England, which included shutting of pubs and bars in some areas placed into the “very high” alert level.

Pub and restaurant owners Marston's Plc and Restaurant Group Plc fell 5.3 per cent and 9.3 per cent, respectively.

The FTSE banking index dipped 0.4 per cent as Bank of England policymaker Jonathan Haskel said the central bank had an “absolutely open mind” on negative interest rates.

London-listed shares of Carnival Plc fell 4.9 per cent after the cruise line operator cancelled all but the PortMiami and Port Canaveral cruises for rest of the year. ― Reuters




Source: Malay Mail

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