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FTSE 100 marks best weekly winning streak since November

08/13/2021 | 04:51am EST

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click LIVE/ or type LIVE/ in a news window)

* Babcock top mid-cap gainer on consultancy unit sale

* Insurance, retail and travel stocks top weekly gainers

* Avon Protection slumps on disappointing trading update

* FTSE 100 up 0.4%, FTSE 250 adds 0.2%

Aug 13 (Reuters) - London's FTSE 100 recorded its longest weekly winning streak since November on Friday, although investors fret that an overheating economy could lead the central bank to pull back asset purchases earlier than expected.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 ended 0.4% higher, led by healthcare stocks, up 2.1%.

While dollar-earning consumer staples stocks, including Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser Group, British American Tobacco and Diageo Plc gained between 0.5% and 0.8%.

The domestically focussed mid-cap index advanced 0.2% to hit a record high with British engineering company Babcock leading the gains.

Babcock jumped 6.4% to the top of the mid-cap index after it agreed to sell its consultancy unit Frazer-Nash for 293 million pounds ($404.5 million) in cash.

"All eyes are going to be on the Jackson Hole events in a couple of weeks time and on the central bank in the U.S. to see what are the plans regarding to the tapering," said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda.

"The markets have accepted that it's coming at this point and we trust the policymakers now from almost across the spectrum who have alluded to the fact, later this year was appropriate. So it's just a case of when and how fast at this point."

Robust earnings and strong gains in retail stocks on the back of a weaker pound and re-opening trades have helped the FTSE 100 rise 1.3% this week.

However, fears that rising costs could lead central banks to pull back some support have seen the index underperform its mid-cap and European peers.

Insurance, retail and travel stocks were among the top gaining sectors this week, rising between 2.4% and 4.3%.

Miner BHP Group gained 1.5% on Friday as expectations grew that it would deliver a verdict on the future of its petroleum business at its results next week.

Technology company Avon Protection slumped nearly 28% and was set for its worst day on record on disappointing trading updates, with analysts at Jefferies pointing towards delayed contract awards and supply chain disruptions.

(Reporting by Shashank Nayar and Amal S in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu and Jonathan Oatis)


ę Reuters 2021
Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
AVON PROTECTION PLC 1.03% 1083 Delayed Quote.-66.13%
BABCOCK INTERNATIONAL GROUP PLC 2.36% 303 Delayed Quote.5.75%
BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO PLC 1.25% 2561.5 Delayed Quote.-6.57%
DIAGEO PLC 1.22% 3846 Delayed Quote.32.02%
UNILEVER PLC -0.08% 3856 Delayed Quote.-12.14%
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Sales 2021 52 076 M 58 962 M 58 962 M
Net income 2021 5 794 M 6 560 M 6 560 M
Net Debt 2021 22 981 M 26 020 M 26 020 M
P/E ratio 2021 20,6x
Yield 2021 3,72%
Capitalization 116 B 132 B 131 B
EV / Sales 2021 2,67x
EV / Sales 2022 2,54x
Nbr of Employees 148 949
Free-Float 97,4%
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