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FTSE 100 Ends Wednesday Up as UK Traders Appear Cautiously Optimistic

12/22/2021 | 12:13pm EDT

The FTSE 100 closed up 0.61% on Wednesday, with Omicron coronavirus variant and stimulus concerns held off for now and equities seeing out the end of the year with a cautiously optimistic tone. The U.K. Office for National Statistics revised GDP growth down this morning to 1.1% from 1.3% for the third quarter on the back of weaker performances from the health, and hair and beauty sectors, and a larger contraction in the energy sector than previously expected, Spreadex junior sales trader Oliver Males says. Even the lower figure outshines data from the year prior, and points to the U.K. economy's gradual recovery to pre-pandemic levels, Mr. Males adds.

Companies News: 

Syncona Shares Rise After Novartis Agrees to Buy Portfolio Company

Syncona Ltd. shares rose Wednesday after it said Novartis AG has agreed to acquire its portfolio company Gyroscope Therapeutics Holdings PLC for up to $1.5 billion.


U.K. Watchdog Says Taylor Wimpey Agreed to Remove Terms for Doubling Ground Rent Clauses

The Competition and Markets Authority said Wednesday that home builder Taylor Wimpey PLC is removing doubling ground rent terms from leasehold contracts after receiving enforcement action in September 2020.


Pennon Says U.K. Competition Regulator to Pursue Phase 2 Review on Deal for Bristol Water

Pennon Group PLC said Wednesday that the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority has confirmed its intention to pursue a Phase 2 merger review regarding the company's acquisition of Bristol Water Holdings UK Ltd.


Land Securities Buys Additional 25% Stake in Bluewater Shopping Mall for GBP172M

Land Securities Group PLC said Wednesday it has acquired an additional 25% stake in shopping mall Bluewater for 172 million pounds ($228.2 million).


Parsley Box's Shares Fall on Outlook Warning Over Omicron Variant

Shares in Parsley Box Group PLC on Wednesday fell after the company warned about its ability to continue managing customer-service levels due to the effects of the Omicron variant despite also saying that it expects to post growth in its full-year results.


Anglo American Says De Beers Rough Diamond Sales for 10th Cycle Were $332 Mln

Anglo American PLC said Wednesday that rough diamond sales for De Beers's 10th sales cycle of 2021 were $332 million.


Croda International to Sell Majority of Performance Technologies and Industrial Chemicals for EUR915 Mln

Croda International PLC said Wednesday that it has signed a definitive agreement with Cargill Velocity Holdings Ltd. to sell the majority of its Performance Technologies and Industrial Chemicals businesses for an enterprise value of 915 million euros ($1.03 billion).


Good Energy Shares Fall After a Further GBP3 Mln Hit to FY 2021 Is Expected

Shares in Good Energy Group PLC fell Wednesday after the company said it expects a further 3 million-pound ($4.0 million) hit to its fiscal 2021 results due to unfavorable weather conditions.


K3 Business Technology 2H Performance in Line With Expectations

K3 Business Technology Group PLC said Wednesday that its performance for the second half of fiscal 2021 has been in line with management expectations, boosted by a strong fashion and apparel business.


Camellia Sees 2021 Underlying Pretax Profit Above Market Views

Camellia PLC said Wednesday that it expects underlying pretax profit for 2021 to be substantially above market expectations due to improved margins for a number of its agricultural businesses and rigorous cost-saving measures.


Avacta Group Gets CE Mark for Covid-19 Antigen Test; Shares Rise

Shares in Avacta Group PLC rose Wednesday after the company said its Covid-19 antigen lateral flow test has received a CE mark for use as a consumer self-test in the U.K. and the European Union.


Scotgold Resources FY 2021 Pretax Loss Widened; Ramps Up Production

Scotgold Resources Ltd. said Wednesday its pretax loss for fiscal 2021 doubled, as the company ramps up production at its Cononish gold and silver mine in Scotland.


Tungsten Corp. Shares Fall as Accel-KKR Exits Takeover Talks

Shares in Tungsten Corp. fell Wednesday after the company said Accel-KKR has confirmed it won't make an offer for the company and that discussions between both parties have now terminated.

Market Talk: 

D4t4 Contract Wins Offer an Early Christmas Gift

1144 GMT - D4t4's new contract wins support revenue forecasts for FY 2022 and should boost annual recurring revenue by 30%, finnCap says. "This is a welcome early Christmas gift for investors," the U.K. brokerage says, adding that a first sale for D4t4's new Fraud Data Platform is likely to be the "first of many." FinnCap reiterates its 450 pence target price on the AIM-listed data company, expecting more annual recurring revenue contracts before the year end. Shares trade 11.4% higher at 317.5 pence. (

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Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
ACCEL GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED 2.03% 1.51 Delayed Quote.-5.13%
ANGLO AMERICAN PLC 4.73% 3507 Delayed Quote.11.02%
AVACTA GROUP PLC -0.36% 110.6 Delayed Quote.-12.18%
CAMELLIA PLC 1.67% 6100 Delayed Quote.-11.76%
CRODA INTERNATIONAL PLC 1.06% 6850 Delayed Quote.-33.02%
D4T4 SOLUTIONS PLC 0.38% 264 Delayed Quote.-26.43%
FINNCAP GROUP PLC 2.22% 23 Delayed Quote.-31.19%
FTSE 100 0.72% 7518.35 Delayed Quote.1.09%
GOOD ENERGY GROUP PLC 4.00% 247 Delayed Quote.-2.06%
K3 BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY GROUP PLC 0.00% 152.5 Delayed Quote.-14.80%
KKR & CO. INC. 2.53% 52.25 Delayed Quote.-31.62%
LAND SECURITIES GROUP PLC 0.08% 742.6 Delayed Quote.-4.43%
NOVARTIS AG -0.14% 87.41 Delayed Quote.9.03%
PARSLEY BOX GROUP PLC -2.63% 18.5 Delayed Quote.-43.28%
PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGIES S.A. 1.91% 4.81 Delayed Quote.-11.28%
SILVER 0.51% 21.709 Delayed Quote.-8.91%
SYNCONA LIMITED 0.12% 171.6 Delayed Quote.-19.15%
TAYLOR WIMPEY PLC 1.68% 127.25 Delayed Quote.-28.69%
TUNGSTEN CORPORATION PLC 0.20% 51.1 Delayed Quote.24.09%
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