Insurer Aviva’s determination to not promote its operations in Singapore and China was met with scepticism from the Metropolis.
Aviva was the worst performer on the Footsie after it mentioned traders would profit probably the most from retaining the Singapore division and its three way partnership in China, the place there are ‘excessive development prospects’ and an enormous market.
Media experiences recommended it might use an investor day tomorrow to substantiate a sale of the Singapore division, after it kicked off a evaluate of its Asian enterprise earlier this yr. It’s nonetheless mulling whether or not to flog its models in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Analysts contemplate Aviva’s construction to be clunky and in want of a shake-up – however the roll-back on Singapore has raised contemporary questions over what new chief government Maurice Tulloch really has deliberate for the group.
Its inventory tumbled 4.6 per cent, or 19.9p, to 414.5p final evening.
Britain’s largest pawnbroker, H&T Group, shed round 1 / 4 of its worth in early buying and selling after it revealed it’s working with Metropolis watchdog the Monetary Conduct Authority to evaluate its high-cost, short-term credit score enterprise, which may lead to H&T paying clients compensation.
Boss John Nichols mentioned the corporate is working with regulators however that its cash-strapped clients could possibly be compelled to show to mortgage sharks within the run-up to Christmas. Shares closed down 16.7 per cent, or 62p, at 310p.
Tech agency IQE additionally had a dour begin to the week. Its shares plunged 23 per cent, or 15.2p, to 50.65p, after it minimize its income forecast for the second time in 5 months and warned this could set off an annual loss in contrast with a revenue of £16m final yr. IQE makes elements for chips which might be utilized in Apple merchandise and people of different Asian producers, however mentioned it had been hit laborious by the raging US-China commerce conflict and had ‘skilled very difficult market situations in 2019’.
Hedge funds can be sitting fairly after yesterday’s share value drop – virtually 9 per cent of its inventory was out on mortgage to short-sellers by the top of final week.
The FTSE 100 spent one other day treading water, closing down 0.1 per cent, or 4.76 factors, at 7307.7.
It was partly held again by a fall in Burberry shares (down 3.2 per cent, or 69p, to 2083p), which has been battling with sinking gross sales in Hong Kong amid political unrest, after UBS analysts minimize their goal value on the luxurious group’s inventory from 2220p to 2175p.
JP Morgan brokers upped their goal value on European asset supervisor M&G’s inventory from 271p to 278p. This despatched shares in M&G, which not too long ago separated from Prudential, 3.Three per cent larger, up 7.4p, to 233.4p, and lifted shares throughout the sector. Authorized & Normal rose 1.5 per cent, or 4p, to 280.7p, St James’s Place closed 0.6 per cent larger, up 6p, to 1068p, whereas Hargreaves Lansdown lifted 2.1 per cent, or 37p, to 1776p. It got here because it was revealed hedge funds have focused St James’s Place and Hargreaves, with 7.Four per cent and 6.2 per cent of their shares out on mortgage to short-sellers respectively over their shut affiliation with disgraced fund supervisor Neil Woodford.
Imperial Manufacturers was on the up (shares rose 1.2 per cent, or 20.2p, to 1752.6p) after its group innovation director, David Newns, spent £1.4m shopping for virtually 80,000 shares within the tobacco and ecigarette maker.
The FTSE 250 rose simply 0.2 per cent, or 36.1 factors, to shut at 20440.5.
Consort Medical, which makes bronchial asthma pumps and self-injection units, soared 43.Three per cent, or 314p, to 1040p, after it agreed to a £505m takeover by Swedish producer Recipharm AB.
The board has advisable shareholders settle for the 1010p per share money supply, which they’ll vote on at a later date.
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