StockMarketWire.com - UK stocks were lower on Tuesday after Donald Trump said the US would raise tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Brazil and Argentina and warned there is no deadline for doing a deal with China. The US president has also threatened to slap levies on imports of French products, including champagne and cheese.

At 11.37, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was down 66.3 points, or 0.91%, at 7,219.64.

LARGE AND MID CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Cinema chain Cineworld cheapened 0.05% to 205.8p as it warned that trading for the full year would be slightly below its expectations due to a weaker box office.

The company, however, also said that integration benefits from recently-acquire US unit Regal were greater than anticipated, with estimated run-rate cost savings increased from to $190m from $150m.

Plumbing and heating products distributor Ferguson fell 3.4% to £64.32, as it reported a 4.7% rise in underlying trading profit in the first quarter of its financial year amid 2.5% growth in revenue.

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca softened 1.2% to £73.33, having agreed to sell the commercial rights to its schizophrenia and bipolar disorder drugs in the US and Canada to Cheplapharm Arzneimittel for up to $41m.

Online fashion retailer Boohoo added 2.6% to trade at 307.3p on announcing a 'record' performance across the Black Friday weekend.

Low-cost carrier Wizz Air rose 3p to £39.52 after it flew 24% more passengers in the month of November on-year, as it added new routes to Georgia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine.

SMALL CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Optical components and systems maker Gooch & Housego dropped 3% to £12.15 as a downturn in demand for critical components in China amid the US-Sino trade war dented its profits.

Pawn broker Ramsdens firmed 1% to 202p as it reported a 23% rise in first-half profit, driven by increased jewellery sales and foreign exchange income.

Fitness club company The Gym Group lost 5.5p at 260p on announcing that it expected to open five-to-eight new smaller format outlets during 2020.

Computing products manufacturer Solid State gained 9.1% to 515p after it hiked its dividend 25% while posting a much improved first-half profit.

Software company Oxford Metrics added 1.1% to 89.5p as it posted a 1.9% rise in annual profit, driven by higher sales at motion capture system unit Vicom.


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