StockMarketWire.com - As MPs in the UK debated the Brexit bill, mining stocks continued rallying as copper and gold advanced by approximately 2%.

Gold miner Fresnillo (FRES) jumped by 3%, while Randgold Resources (RRS) and Antofagasta (ANTO) made smaller gains.

In the US, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones opened in the red as investors were concerned about President Donald Trump's policies following his temporary travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.

In the UK, MPs confirmed they will debate whether Trump should visit after a petition against the idea nearly reached 1.7 million signatures.

West Texas Intermediate and Brent crude oil rose by over 1% to $53.42 and $55.90 per barrel, respectively.

In Asia, the Nikkei 225 closed 1.7% lower at 19,041 on Monday as the insurance, construction and power industries dragged the index lower.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng was stable, while Shanghai's SSE Composite nudged 0.3% higher.

FTSE 100 RISERS AND FALLERS

One of the Big Six energy suppliers SSE (SSE) struggled to retain its consumer base as its customers shrunk from 8.21 million to 8.08 million in the nine months to 31 December.

The company said it remained on track to achieve a return to growth in 2017.

FTSE 250 RISERS AND FALLERS

Online supermarket Ocado (OCDO) made fresh gains as full year results revealed a 21.8% pre-tax profit gain to £14.5m on retail sales growth of 13.6% to nearly £1.27bn.

CEO Tim Steiner excited investors after suggesting there are 'multiple deals in multiple territories in the medium term' for the group's Ocado smart platform.

Pepsi and J20 owner Britvic (BVIC) enjoyed a strong start to the year as first quarter revenue fizzed 4.3% to £351m. Management said sparkling performances from the Pepsi Max, 7UP and R Whites brands in the UK and Fruit Shoot in the US was responsible for the good results.

Shares in microwave meals maker Greencore (GNC) fattened on a first quarter trading statement, which flagged strong growth in the UK and US. It also reported a positive update on the early progress with integrating its transformational US acquisition Peacock Foods.

SMALL CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Media reports circulated that popular peri-peri chicken restaurant chain Nando's is considering floating on the London stock market, although this was denied by the company.

NU-Oil and Gas (NUOG) sealed a deal that may deliver renewed production from its Newfoundland assets.

Carpets seller Carpetright (CPR) reported a return to quarterly sales growth in the UK and a better-than-expected performance in Europe. UK like-for-like sales were up 1.9% in the third quarter to 28 January as growth accelerated to 6.8% in the final four weeks.


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