FTSE 100 Live: Stocks boosted by gains in miners, oil majors

  • FTSE 100 on the entrance foot, up 29 factors
  • AstraZeneca falls as trial outcomes disappoint
  • Oil worth spikes as Saudi extends manufacturing lower

1.00pm: Mixed begin seen in shortened US session

US shares are anticipated to begin the primary session of the second half of 2023 in blended trend after robust gains on the ultimate session of the primary half on Friday, with buyers extra centered on Tuesday’s Independence Day vacation.

In pre-market buying and selling, futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) had been 0.1% decrease, whereas these for the S&P 500 had been flat, however contracts for the Nasdaq-100 added 0.1%. The markets will shut at 1.00pm ET on Monday forward of Independence Day.

On Friday, the DJIA ended 285 factors, or 0.8% greater at 34,407, whereas the S&P 500 index jumped 1.3%, and the Nasdaq Composite added 1.5%.

The Nasdaq Composite closed out its greatest first-half achieve since 1983, surging 31.7%, whereas the S&P 500 jumped 15.9% for its finest first-half since 2019. The DJIA lagged, climbing a modest 3.8% in the course of the interval.

Ipek Ozkardeskaya, senior analyst at Swissquote Bank commented: “Equities did well. Even though profits fell, they fell less than expected and more importantly, AI saved the day sending the Big Tech stocks to a nice bull market. Bonds on the other hand tumbled as US spending and growth remained resilient. The latter convinced the Federal Reserve (FeD) that it should keep hiking the interest rates.”

“But,” she added, “last week’s strong economic data released in the US, combined with Friday’s softer-than-expected PCE figures supported, yet again, the idea of a soft landing and further fueled the rally in stocks.”

“Of course, this incredible performance makes many investors wonder whether the equity rally could continue in the second half,” Ozkardeskaya concluded.

Investors could have the most recent US ISM Manufacturing PMI and S&P Global manufacturing PMI knowledge for June to evaluate on Monday morning, forward of Friday’s all the time essential June jobs report.

On the company entrance, Tesla shares had been little modified in in a single day buying and selling after the electrical car maker reported supply and manufacturing numbers that beat analysts’ expectations.

Elsewhere, United Airlines shares inched marginally decrease as unhealthy climate contributed to a swath of flight disruptions over the lengthy vacation weekend.

12.50pm: Petrol retailers “profiting at our expense”

Sarah Coles, head of non-public finance, Hargreaves Lansdown says the CMA report on costs on the pump “highlights what motorists have long suspected – that petrol stations are profiting at our expense.”

“When prices soared in the middle of last year, costs at the pump went up like a rocket and we all paid the price,” she mentioned.

“Then when they dropped back, the supermarkets dragged their feet in passing on cheaper prices, and they fell like a feather.”

“The rest of the market followed in their wake, so margins on fuel rose by 6p a litre. Life has been particularly difficult for diesel drivers, who are paying 13p a litre more thanks to higher margins,” she defined.

12.39pm: UK producers battle workers shortages

UK producers are struggling to battle workers shortages, latests figures have confirmed.

Data from from Make UK, an trade physique, and the skilled providers agency BDO confirmed that there have been nonetheless 74,000 unfilled vacancies in the sector, making a £6.5bn financial hole that wanted filling regardless of total employment rising final 12 months.

Manufacturing, which accounts for about 10% of the UK’s financial output, has been caught in the doldrums this 12 months even because the dominant providers sector has continued to broaden.

The newest PMI for the sector launched as we speak confirmed the sector had contracted to a six-month low.

Make UK’s regional outlook discovered that Yorkshire and the Humber reported the most important soar in manufacturing jobs, with employment up 46,000 final 12 months. It implies that simply over a tenth of all jobs there are in manufacturing.

The South West and the East of England reported 27,000 to 28,000 new jobs in manufacturing final 12 months. The North West misplaced 21,000 jobs and the East Midlands shed 7,000. The whole remained secure at 147,000 in Wales.

12.14pm: Home and motor insures rebuked by FCA

The UK monetary watchdog has blasted house and motor insurers over their remedy of weak clients and their dealing with of complaints in the price of dwelling disaster.

The Financial Conduct Authority mentioned it had accomplished a evaluate into house and motor insurers’ practices which uncovered that some had failed to offer clients applicable settlements, deal with their complaints in time and establish weak clients in want of help.

The watchdog’s evaluate additionally discovered situations of motor insurance coverage clients being supplied a worth decrease than their automobile’s honest market worth after it had been written off, a violation of FCA guidelines. The regulator mentioned it’s “taking action” in opposition to companies who’ve damaged its guidelines.

Sheldon Mills on the FCA, mentioned: “Timely and fair claims handling is especially vital during the cost of living squeeze.”

‘While we have seen many firms treating their customers correctly, we found too many examples of customers not receiving the service they’re entitled to.”

11.40am: Weaker competitors led to greater costs at pump says CMA

Britain’s competitors regulator has warned that motorists are paying greater costs for petrol and diesel, as a consequence of a decline in competion in the sector.

Following a evaluate of the sector, the Competitions and Markets Authority has identified a series of problems in the retail marketplace for motor gas.

It CMA defined that grocery store chains Asda and Morrisons – historically worth leaders in the market – have taken a “much less aggressive method to pricing” since 2019 and different supermarkets haven’t reacted by slicing their very own costs.

“As a result of these factors drivers have been paying more than would otherwise have been the case,” the CMA mentioned.

“We estimate that the financial impact of the 6p per litre (ppl) increase in average supermarket fuel margin from 2019 to 2022 results in a combined additional cost of around £900mln for customers of the four supermarket fuel retailers in 2022 alone,” it added.

The CMA thinks the federal government ought to create, on a statutory foundation, an open knowledge gas finder scheme, which might require retailers to share their costs on an open, real-time foundation, which means that drivers can simply examine costs in any space of the UK.

It additionally thinks the federal government ought to create a gas monitor operate inside an applicable public physique, to observe developments in the market. 

11.08am: Oil worth spikes as Saudi extends manufacturing lower

The oil worth has spiked after the Saudi Ministry of Energy mentioned the voluntary lower of 1mln barrels per day, which started in July, can be prolonged to cowl August. 

This means the Kingdom’s manufacturing for the month of August 2023 can be roughly 9mln barrels per day, down from round 10m ln bpd in May.

Russia can also be planning to chop crude export flows subsequent month in an effort to maintain the worldwide market balanced

Deputy prime minister Alexander Novak revealed Moscow would lower half 1,000,000 barrels per time without work its output, saying: Russia will voluntarily scale back its oil provide in the month of August by 500,000 barrels per day by slicing its exports by that amount to international markets.”

Brent crude rose 0.8% to US$76.02/barrel whereas Wst Texas Intermediate additionally traded 0.8% to the nice at US$71.15.

10.38am: Banks rally as analysts spotlight worth

UK banking shares are having fun with a powerful begin to the week after current falls as rising rates of interest spark fears of an financial slowdown.

Analysts at Jefferies see worth in the sector after conducting an evaluation of family knowledge together with a take a look at shopper credit score loss modelling.

The dealer concluded that for the UK’s top-four earnings deciles, accounting for 70% of mortgage debt, the burden of rising charges is manageable (assuming all mortgages reprice to 6%) with no knock-on impression on discretionary spending.

It sees unemployment as probably the most vital medium-term issue on credit score danger whereas in the near-term the difficulty is steadiness sheet dimension amidst mortgage repayments/deposit outflows.

“Our loss modelling concludes that whilst loss rates are expected to move modestly higher in ’24, the ultimate driver of loss is unemployment, and we do not see this being of material earnings consequence until the unemployment rate surpasses 5%,” Jefferies mentioned.

It has purchase score on Lloyds, Barclays, NatWest, HSBC and Standard Chartered.

The dealer did decrease its worth goal for NatWest to 380p from 420p.

Barclays reckons deposits stay the important thing sensitivity for UK banks with outflows and rising betas ongoing dangers.

“But our new work on current account stickiness and mix shift shows resilience longer term, underpinned by a stronger hedge tailwind,” it mentioned.

“We see Lloyds best placed, offering compelling value for those willing to be patient.”

The dealer stored an obese score however trimmed its worth goal to 70p from 75p. It has an equal weight score on NatWest however lower its goal to 360p from 380p.

Shares in Lloyds, NatWest and Barclays rose 1.7%, 1.9% and 1.9% respectively.

9.50am: UK manufacturing sector at six-month low

The UK manufacturing sector hit a six-month low in June, with ranges of output, new orders and employment struggling additional declines, based on newest figures.

This was regardless of indicators of worth and provide chain pressures easing, as shopper uncertainty and subdued circumstances in home and export markets continued to weigh on order books.

The seasonally adjusted S&P Global/CIPS UK manufacturing PMI fell to a six-month low of 46.5 in June, down from 47.1 in May.

However, the determine was above a preliminary studying of 46.2.

The PMI has signalled contraction in every of the previous 11 months. All 5 of the subcomponent indices (output, new orders, shares of purchases, employment and suppliers’ supply occasions) had been at ranges in line with weaker working circumstances.

John Glen, chief economist on the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, mentioned: “A combination of depressed sales from domestic and overseas markets and strong price pressures hanging around has resulted in levels of new business reducing for the third month in a row.”

9.38am: AstraZeneca falls as trial falls wanting finest case

Shares in AstraZeneca fell 3.9% after the pharma large unveiled trial outcomes from  the Tropian-Lung01 section III trial.

Analysts at Jefferies mentioned the resuls appear “likely to fall short of best case.”

“Limited detail, as expected, with results said to provide “compelling evidence”, suggesting a less pronounced benefit than hoped, in our view, plus “some” Grade 5 ILD related deaths” the dealer famous.

Jefferies mentioned success had been broadly anticipated.

However, analysts at Shore Capital anticipated the consequence to be considered positively, “albeit in the absence of this being described as ’clinically meaningful’ and the safety events noted we would like to see data in detail before drawing any firm conclusions.”

The trial checked out datopotamab deruxtecan, or Dato-DXd, in superior non-small cell lung most cancers.

In sufferers will regionally superior or metastatic NSCLC handled with ultimately one prior remedy, the remedy confirmed a “statistically significant” enchancment for the twin major endpoint of progression-free survival in comparison with docetaxel, the present commonplace of care chemotherapy.

However, for the twin major endpoint of overalll survival, the information “were not mature”.

“An early trend was observed in favour of datopotamab deruxtecan versus docetaxel that did not meet the prespecified threshold for statistical significance at this interim analysis,” the corporate mentioned.

9.11am: JD Sports enters Middle East with franshise deal

JD Sports has introduced its first franchise settlement which is able to see it open shops in the Middle East because it pushes forward with its formidable retailer opening plans.

The franchise take care of GMG, a Dubai-headquartered well-being firm, will see round 50 shops opened underneath the JD fascia by 2028, centered on the UAE, Saudia Arabia and Egypt.

The sports activities trend retailer mentioned the 10-year deal could be “a meaningful contributor to JD’s plans to open between 200 and 300 new stores each year over the next five years.”

The settlement types a part of JD’s international development technique introduced by new boss Régis Schultz, unveiled on the firm’s Capital Markets Event in February.

“The partnership will enable JD to deliver on the roll out of its ‘JD Brand First’ strategy and is a pivotal move in the continued expansion into underpenetrated markets,” JD mentioned.

Schultz mentioned there was “massive untapped potential for retailers in the Middle East.”

Shares in JD Sports had been little modified. 

8.49am: FTSE greater, led by miners and oil majors

The FTSE stays in the inexperienced however off early highs, now up 10 factors at 7,542.

Susannah Streeter at Hargreaves Lansdown mentioned: “The FTSE 100 opened marginally higher, helped by the tailwinds of a strong session in Asia and on Wall Street on Friday.”

“But it’s still struggling to find significant momentum, dragged down by concerns about growth in China and the wider global economy.”

“Regaining its form and heading back to the heights of above 8,000 reached at the start of the year, still looks decidedly challenging,” she felt.

Miners and oil shares are main the risers.

But Astra Zeneca fell 4.6% regardless of what Shore Capital known as “positive top-line data from the Phase III TROPION-Lung01 trial for its partnered pipeline asset datopotamab deruxtecan.”

However, the corporate mentioned “for the dual primary endpoint of overall survival, the data were not mature and an early trend was observed in favour of datopotamab deruxtecan versus docetaxel that did not meet the prespecified threshold for statistical significance at this interim analysis.”

Trials will proceed.

8.18am: FTSE 100 makes robust begin

The FTSE 100 pushed greater in early buying and selling consolidating Friday’s robust gains.

At 8.15am, London’s blue-chip index was up 26.94 factors, or 0.4%, at 7,558.47 whereas the FTSE 250 climbed to 18,489.23, up 72.47 factors, or 0.39%. 

Richard Hunter at interactive investor mentioned: “The tentative return to something of a risk-on approach was reflected by buying interest in the miners, while banks saw some relief after a recently turbulent time and ahead of their half-year reporting season at the end of this month.”

Miners occupied the highest 4 locations in the FTSE 100 risers with Anglo American, Antofagasta, Glencore and Rio Tinto all in the inexperienced.

On a quiet day for company information, Tesco named Gerry Murphy as its new chair succeeding John Allan who stepped down after allegations of misconduct.

The present Burberry and Tate & Lyle chair will be part of the UK’s largest retailer at the beginning of September.

Shore Capital’s Clive Black mentioned: “We see this as an astute and good appointment by Tesco.”

“Murphy has had a high-quality career that embraces considerable elements of the UK consumer scene having being CEO of both Greencore and Kingfisher.”

Tesco shares rose 0.7%.

John Wood was one other early riser with shares up 1.1% after the agency mentioned it has secured a US$250mln contract extension from Brunei Shell Petroleum, Brunei’s largest power producer.

Peel Hunt mentioned this was “ a positive development.”

7.54am: Tesco names Gerry Murply as new Chair

Tesco has named Gerry Murphy as its new Chair on 1 September 2023 changing John Allan, who has stepped down as allegations of misconduct. 

Murphy has in depth international management expertise and is presently Chair of Burberry and Tate & Lyle.

He plans to step down from Tate & Lyle on September 1.

Much of his govt profession was spent in retail and different customer-focused companies in senior management and industrial roles, most lately as chief govt of Kingfisher.

Interim Chair Byron Grote mentioned: “He was the unanimous choice of the board,” and can carry “a record of strong and effective boardroom leadership and a deep understanding of retail and consumer-focused businesses and corporate governance.” 

In May, Allan mentioned he was stepping down to stop the impression of the allegations in opposition to him “from becoming disruptive to the company”.

Four allegations about Allan emerged following an investigation by the Guardian into the Confederation of British Industry.

Allan vehemently denies what he has known as “anonymous and unsubstantiated allegations” of misconduct in opposition to him.

7.05am: Bright begin see for FTSE

London’s blue chips are anticipated to open greater on Monday, extending Friday’s robust gains.

Spread betting corporations are calling the FTSE 100 up by round 9 factors. The index of London large-caps added 59.84 factors to 7,531.53 on Friday.

“A decent Asia session looks set to translate into a positive start for European markets although current unrest in France is likely to prompt questions about economic activity there in the coming weeks,” mentioned Michael Hewson at CMC Markets.

In Asia, the Nikkei 225 index in Tokyo was up 1.7%. In China, the Shanghai Composite was up 1.3%, whereas the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong was up 1.8%.

On Friday, US markets rose after a weaker-than-expected PCE inflation, the Federal Reserve’s most popular inflation gauge.

Today, sees a slew of producing PMIs that are more likely to affirm the weak point of the sector.

Hewson mentioned: “Today’s manufacturing PMIs are set to confirm the weak nature of this part of the global economy, with Spain, Italy, France, and Germany PMIs all forecast to slip back to 47.9, 45.3, 45.5, and 41 respectively.”

“UK and US are also expected to remain soft at 46.2 and 46.3 respectively, while the US ISM manufacturing survey, is also forecast to remain below 50, at 47.2, with prices paid at 44.”

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