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Financials, miners lead FTSE 100 rebound, but Burberry, Thomas Cook slip

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05/16/2019 | 01:00pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Rallying banks and mining stocks lifted Britain's FTSE 100 on Thursday, but weak earnings hit luxury brand Burberry and Thomas Cook was floored by a profit warning.

The main index bounced 0.8%, gaining for the third consecutive session, and the mid-caps <.FTMC> gained by the same margin, helped by strong earnings reports.

UK shares, along with their European counterparts, reversed initial losses after a strong open on Wall Street, which was lifted by earnings and strong economic data, despite U.S. curbs on China's Huawei heightening trade tensions.

Miners <.FTNMX1770> jumped nearly 2%, continuing a three-day winning streak, as iron ore futures scaled a record high on strong demand, while aluminium prices also rose as production shutdowns at one of China's biggest smelters fuelled supply worries.

Private equity firm 3i advanced 3.2% after reporting a jump in total returns.

Exporters were also lifted after the pound neared a four-month low as Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May fought to keep her Brexit deal intact, amid growing fears of a disorderly departure from the European Union.

However, Burberry slumped 5.9% on its worst day since January after reporting a drop in adjusted operating profit.

National Grid slipped 3.4% - its biggest one-day drop this year - after reporting a drop in earnings and the opposition Labour Party announced plans to take energy networks back into state ownership if elected.

On the FTSE small-cap index <.FTSC>, Thomas Cook slumped more than 14.7%, after earlier hitting a more than 6-1/2-year low, as the travel group said economic and political uncertainty would hit its profit this summer.

Its larger rival TUI fell 2.5%, while easyJet slipped 2.1% and IAG gave up 1.2%.

The midcap index drew some strong news-related moves.

Livestock genetics firm Genus jumped 14.1% after a deal to license its know-how on virus-resistant pigs to Beijing Capital Agribusiness, which will seek regulatory approval for the pigs in the world's biggest pork market.

Cyber security firm Sophos surged 14% on its best day in more than a year after reporting higher-than-expected annual earnings, while Premier Oil jumped 8.8% as it hiked its production target.

Metro Bank slumped 8.1% after the Financial Times reported that its share placing might be priced at a 10% discount. After the market close Metro Bank announced plans to raise 350 million pounds at a price of 500 pence per share, a 7.3% discount to Thursday's closing price.

(Reporting by Muvija M and Shashwat Awasthi in Bengaluru; editing by Larry King and Alexander Smith)

By Muvija M and Yadarisa Shabong

Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
3I GROUP 2.96% 1095.5 Delayed Quote.37.45%
BURBERRY GROUP -0.42% 1795 Delayed Quote.3.98%
EASYJET -2.07% 859.4 Delayed Quote.-20.47%
FTSE 100 INDEX 0.28% 7234.11 End-of-day quote.0.00%
GENUS PLC -0.76% 2604 Delayed Quote.21.99%
HSBC HOLDINGS PLC -0.09% 645.3 Delayed Quote.-0.17%
JUST GROUP PLC 1.43% 53.2 Delayed Quote.-42.83%
METRO BANK PLC 1.35% 509.5 Delayed Quote.-70.23%
NATIONAL GRID PLC -0.83% 838.7 Delayed Quote.10.69%
PREMIER OIL -0.06% 74.26 Delayed Quote.11.89%
PRUDENTIAL PLC -0.50% 1676.5 Delayed Quote.20.11%
SOPHOS GROUP PLC 2.07% 390 Delayed Quote.0.95%
THOMAS COOK GROUP -2.37% 14.44 Delayed Quote.-52.03%
TUI 0.66% 8.196 Delayed Quote.-33.79%
YU GROUP PLC -1.03% 163.3 Delayed Quote.121.48%
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