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Sector review from ShareCast

Sector movers: Retailers on the rise

16 Apr, 2019 15:50

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(Sharecast News) - London markets were lifted by a real mix of sectors on Tuesday as various European markets notched up fresh six-month highs.

General bullish sentiment boosted the FTSE 100, DAX and CAC 40, noted market analyst David Madden at CMC Markets.

"The fact that Brexit has been delayed, and the European Central Bank are willing to launch another round of targeted lending later this year has helped investor appetite. US-China trade talks have been moving in the right direction recently, and that has been a factor too," Madden said.

The general retail sector was entirely in the green amid strong annual numbers from JD Sports, solid numbers from Card Factory, continued robust data on wage growth and unemployment from the ONS, solid retail data at the start of the week and the Brexit delay being seen as more beneficial for households if not businesses.

Retail has been one of the best performing sectors among the larger UK-quoted stocks so far in 2019, noted analysts at AJ Bell, with the FTSE 350 general retailers sector up 23.3% in the year to date and the food & drug retailers sector climbing 26.6% versus 10.8% for the FTSE 350 index as a whole.

Industrial metals companies were higher, with Evraz up as Chinese steel rebar nudging up to $650.8 per tonne. Lower supply from Brazil and trimmed production guidance from Rio Tinto due to cyclones and a fire at one of its facilities are seen as likely to continue offering support to iron ore prices.

Other sectors on the up included life insurers, leisure goods and technology.

Forestry & paper was down with packaging giants Mondi and DS Smith lower.

Top performing sectors so far today

Leisure Goods 9,767.19 +5.33%

Industrial Metals & Mining 6,383.76 +3.12%

Life Insurance 8,197.20 +1.88%

General Retailers 2,322.73 +1.61%

Technology Hardware & Equipment 1,149.95 +1.25%

Bottom performing sectors so far today

Forestry & Paper 19,908.89 -1.97%

Tobacco 35,785.91 -0.24%

Automobiles & Parts 6,336.65 -0.20%

General Industrials 5,770.04 -0.19%

Oil & Gas Producers 9,247.77 -0.16%

Market Movers

FTSE 100 (UKX) 7,463.62 0.36%

FTSE 250 (MCX) 19,900.71 0.47%

techMARK (TASX) 3,580.09 0.54%

FTSE 100 - Risers

Evraz (EVR) 665.80p 3.26%

WPP (WPP) 909.80p 2.78%

easyJet (EZJ) 1,207.00p 2.59%

TUI AG Reg Shs (DI) (TUI) 815.00p 2.54%

Prudential (PRU) 1,742.00p 2.35%

Rightmove (RMV) 543.00p 2.24%

Auto Trader Group (AUTO) 556.20p 2.02%

St James's Place (STJ) 1,107.75p 1.91%

Aviva (AV.) 426.10p 1.77%

Scottish Mortgage Inv Trust (SMT) 532.00p 1.72%

FTSE 100 - Fallers

Smith (DS) (SMDS) 352.20p -1.92%

Centrica (CNA) 107.25p -1.65%

Mondi (MNDI) 1,774.50p -1.64%

Pearson (PSON) 824.40p -1.36%

Sainsbury (J) (SBRY) 231.56p -1.09%

Compass Group (CPG) 1,738.50p -0.86%

Rio Tinto (RIO) 4,665.00p -0.80%

BP (BP.) 566.80p -0.54%

Associated British Foods (ABF) 2,528.00p -0.51%

Imperial Brands (IMB) 2,503.50p -0.46%

FTSE 250 - Risers

Card Factory (CARD) 191.30p 8.02%

JD Sports Fashion (JD.) 569.40p 7.03%

Games Workshop Group (GAW) 3,914.00p 5.27%

Ashmore Group (ASHM) 477.60p 4.87%

Wizz Air Holdings (WIZZ) 3,444.00p 3.45%

Pets at Home Group (PETS) 146.80p 2.87%

Restaurant Group (RTN) 129.20p 2.78%

Close Brothers Group (CBG) 1,603.00p 2.69%

GVC Holdings (GVC) 637.60p 2.61%

888 Holdings (888) 157.60p 2.60%

FTSE 250 - Fallers

Galliford Try (GFRD) 585.50p -19.30%

Hays (HAS) 156.70p -3.92%

Serco Group (SRP) 122.70p -2.85%

AJ Bell (AJB) 340.00p -2.30%

Mediclinic International (MDC) 305.00p -2.27%

Metro Bank (MTRO) 821.34p -2.22%

Stagecoach Group (SGC) 118.03p -2.21%

Hochschild Mining (HOC) 188.00p -1.98%

Centamin (DI) (CEY) 83.88p -1.96%

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels (MLC) 444.00p -1.77%

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