- FTSE indices were marginally firmer, in keeping with Europe, with rises among retail, airline-related and several financials only just outstripping softer resources. Wall St was mixed overnight, as were Asian markets this morning.

Shortly after the open, FTSE 100 was up 4.49 points, or 0.07% to 6572.82. FTSE 250 was up 43, or 0.24%, to 17,638.5. At 8.38am, crude was mixed, albeit barely moved. Three-month industrial metals prices were down a jot, barring a minor rise by zinc. Spot gold was up an ace at $1116, but silver plunged 2.59% to $15.

Travel outfit Tui AG (TUI) led the risers with a 3.1% gain to 1148.5p, with a flight of airline-related stocks following behind. International Consolidated Airlines (IAG) rose 1.44% to 545.25p, with EasyJet (EZJ) up 0.89% to 1702p. Ryanair (RYA) also gained.

Thereafter supermarkets and high-street retail were backed up in the aisles. Tesco (TSCO) added 0.98% to 203.98p, with Sainsbury (SBRY) rise 0.67% to 254.8p. Sports Direct (SPD) gained 0.94% to 801.5p, while Reckitt Benckiser (RB.) rose 0.67% to 6032p. Several insurers, house builders and commercial property stocks figured thereafter.

Roughly 20 blue chips were lower, these guided by Glencore (GLEN), down 1.2% to 174.68p, as it received $290m for flogging the Tampakan copper project, and stakes in two other projects. Randgold (RRS) lost 0.42% to 4017p, while among oilies it was BP (BP.), down 0.92% to 379.63p, and Shell (RDSA), down 0.41% to 1814p, in focus.


Stellar Diamonds (STEL), down 30.43% to 0.4p, has raised $0.33m via an unsecured convertible loan note to Deutsche Balaton. It has granted Deutsche Balaton a warrant to subscribe for new shares for a subscription price of $0.33m. Proceeds will be used for working capital.

Atlantic Coal (ATC), up 11.11% to 0.1p, has opened a new rail-loading facility at its Stockton mine in Pennsylvania.


Churchill Mining (CHL), down 7.89% to 35p, has updated the market on the international arbitration cases it and subsidiary Planet Mining Pty are pursuing against Indonesia through the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Tekcapital (TEK), up 6.98% to 46p, said it has acquired the exclusive worldwide licencing rights to a portfolio of nine patents for the improvement of air conditioning efficiency from the University of Central Florida.

Safeland (SAF), up 5.98% to 62p, has improved its FY pretax profit to £6.7m, from a year earlier's £0.9m. Revenue was £10.3m, from £10.4m. The result included a £5.3m profit on the disposal of an investment property.

Greenko (GKO), up 5.45% to 87p, has signed non-binding heads of terms with GIC for the sale of all of the company's shares in Greenko Mauritius for a gross cash consideration of about £162.8m. Armadale Capital (ACP), down 5.88% to 4p, has raised £700,000 via a placing of 20m new shares at 3.5p with institutional and other investors.

Spectra Systems (SPSY), down 5.16% to 22.88p, has executed a contract modification with a European corporate partner and licensee that stipulates minimum order quantities of covert materials for banknote authentication for calendar years 2016-2019 and an order for $1.2MM for delivery in 2015.

Other stocks in the news included Serabi Gold (SRB), Highland Gold Mining (HGM), Horizonte Minerals (HZM), Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund Ltd (SEQI), Vast Resources (VAST), Walker Greenbank (WGB), Coral Products (CRU), Rosslyn Data Technologies (RDT), Biofrontera (B8F), IP Group portfolio (IPO), Satellite Solutions (SAT), AGA Rangemaster (AGA) and Powerflute Oyj (POWR).

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