- UK stocks have bounced in mid-morning trading after shares in Vodafone saw their biggest one-day rise in six years.

At 12:00, the benchmark FTSE 100 was around 0.5% higher, at 7,534.15.


Vodafone surged 9.3% to 144.28p as it said it remained confident on its full-year earnings guidance even as it reported a 2.3% drop in first-quarter group revenue, which it attributed to foreign exchange rate effects.

The company also said it had moved to legally separate its towers business into a new organisation that it could list within the next 18 months.

IMI edged 1.21% higher to £10.44 even as it reported a slight fall in half-year profits as industrial automation weakness continued to hurt performance in its precision engineering division and revenue slipped in its critical engineering division.

Pantheon International remained broadly flat at £23.10 even as it announced a 0.6% decrease in NAV per share at 30 June as investment income was offset by valuation losses, foreign exchange movements and expenses and taxes during the month of June.

Anglo American fell 5.17% to 2,074p after it said it had purchased 290,000 shares on 25 July as part of its plan to buy back up to $1bn worth of shares.

Entertainment One added 1% to 449.6p after it announced that Mark Gordon would continue to develop and produce content for the group after signing a multi-year deal.

Rightmove edged 0.43% higher to 513.8p after it posted a 10% increase in first-half revenue as advertising revenue growth offset the impact of a decline in branch numbers. This came even as low-stock agency branches bore the brunt of a 4.6% drop in housing transactions against the first half of 2018.

Veterinary services provider CVS climbed 3.51% to 914.5p after it said it expected adjusted earnings to meet recently upgraded market expectations as annual revenues climbed by nearly a quarter amid improved second-half performance.

Global education company Pearson jumped 4.25% to 912.6p after it reported underlying growth across all its divisions in the first half of the financial year and maintained its profit guidance as it began to see benefits from its shift from print to digital.

Charter Court Financial Services Group's subsidiary Charter Mortgages said it had agreed to sell its economic interest in the Precise Mortgage Funding 2019-1B securitisation to J.P. Morgan Securities for £6.2m in cash. The stock was last seen down 0.32% at 315p.

British-Airways owner IAG slipped 1.41% to 438.45p after it said it had forked out €52.8m to early-redeem the remaining 10.56% of the bonds that were due to be redeemed on 17 November 2020.

3i Infrastructure added 0.35% to 285p after it said it had agreed to invest about €220m to acquire an up to 100% stake in Ionisos from Ardian Expansion.

Airtel Africa rose 0.43% to 69.8p after it said profits more than doubled in the first quarter driven by double-digit revenue growth in Nigeria and East Africa.


Independent Oil and Gas surged 29.37% to 20.7p after it said it had struck an agreement with CalEnergy Resource to farm out 50% of the company's Southern North Sea assets for an initial payment of £40m in cash.

London Estate Agent Foxtons Group fell 2.37% to 57p as it reported wider half-yearly losses on lower revenue in its sales business amid ongoing weakness of the London market. The company also said that it expects conditions to remain challenging.

Mothercare slumped 11.81% to 17.42p after it said the UK market would continue to be 'uncertain and volatile' in the medium term, accompanied by 'fragile' consumer confidence as it warned on profits in a 15-week trading update.

Superdry shed 0.49% to 451.4p after it said it had appointed two new non-executive directors to its board.

Begbies Traynor Group fell 1.78% to 76.61p after it detailed plans to raise gross proceeds of up to £8.3m through the placing of shares at a discount to fund acquisition opportunities.

Pharmaceutical company Shield Therapeutics rocketed 64.25% to 170p after it said it had received FDA approval in the United States for its Feraccru (Accrufer in the US) drug for the treatment of iron deficiency in adults.

XPS Pensions Group edged 0.71% higher to 119.85p after it announced that non-executive director Jonathan Punter would retire from the board of directors at the end of the company's annual general meeting on 12 September 2019.

Condor Gold dipped 0.29% to 17.45p even as it said it had raised net proceeds of £4.04m following the private placement of shares.

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