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London midday: FTSE maintains gains as BP, StanChart rally

Tue 03 August 2021 11:10 | A A A

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(Sharecast News) - London stocks were still in the black by midday on Tuesday, underpinned by well-received earnings from the likes of BP and Standard Chartered.

The FTSE 100 was up 0.4% at 7,112.14.

BP was the standout performer on the FTSE 100 after the oil giant said it expected to buy back about $1bn of shares each quarter and increase its dividend over the next five years as it swung to a second-quarter profit.

Susannah Streeter, senior investment and markets analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: "BP isn't quite throwing caution to the wind, but the company's steady as she goes approach has been infused with optimism as higher oil prices make immediate prospects look brighter.

"With profits for the quarter coming in at $3.1 billion, the company is splashing surplus cash piled up through an annual increase in the dividend by 4% through to 2025 and $1.4 billion in share buy backs."

Standard Chartered was also on the rise after it reported an increase in first-half profits and said it was resuming dividends against an improving economic backdrop.

Precious metals miner Fresnillo shone as it announced a jump in its interim dividend and reported earnings up 59% in the first half, supported by higher prices.

Insurer Hiscox advanced after saying it swung to an interim profit as gross premiums written rose across its divisions.

Domino's Pizza rallied as it posted a 28% jump in first-half underlying pre-tax profit and expanded its share buyback.

Direct Line rose as it reported higher interim earnings on the back of lower motor claims as the pandemic kept drivers off roads during lockdowns.

On the downside, Smiths Group was the worst performer on the top-flight index after announcing late on Monday that it had agreed to sell its medical unit to TA Associates for $2.3bn.

Rotork slumped after it announced plans for chief executive Kevin Hostetler to leave the company as the industrial instruments maker posted a 2.4% profit increase for the first half.

TP ICAP declined after it said revenues dipped in the first half amid quieter markets, while bakery chain Greggs lost ground despite saying that full-year profit was set to be "slightly ahead" of its previous expectation and swinging to a first-half profit.

Travis Perkins fell even as the builders' merchant lifted full-year guidance and said it would pay a special dividend as it returned to profit after a recovery in its repairs, maintenance and improvement markets .

Market Movers

FTSE 100 (UKX) 7,112.14 0.43%

FTSE 250 (MCX) 23,301.29 0.40%

techMARK (TASX) 4,617.15 0.13%

FTSE 100 - Risers

BP (BP.) 304.70p 5.16%

Standard Chartered (STAN) 450.80p 3.23%

Fresnillo (FRES) 844.00p 2.58%

Sainsbury (J) (SBRY) 291.50p 2.21%

NATWEST GROUP PLC ORD 100P (NWG) 208.30p 1.86%

Royal Dutch Shell 'B' (RDSB) 1,459.80p 1.81%

Anglo American (AAL) 3,355.00p 1.67%

Royal Dutch Shell 'A' (RDSA) 1,477.40p 1.65%

Admiral Group (ADM) 3,433.00p 1.48%

Just Eat Takeaway.Com N.V. (CDI) (JET) 6,544.00p 1.39%

FTSE 100 - Fallers

Smiths Group (SMIN) 1,436.00p -8.65%

Melrose Industries (MRO) 164.20p -2.49%

Weir Group (WEIR) 1,692.00p -2.31%

British Land Company (BLND) 508.80p -2.08%

Flutter Entertainment (CDI) (FLTR) 12,210.00p -2.01%

Pearson (PSON) 811.60p -1.86%

BAE Systems (BA.) 573.60p -1.54%

Land Securities Group (LAND) 710.80p -1.52%

Entain (ENT) 1,793.00p -1.46%

Next (NXT) 7,856.00p -1.46%

FTSE 250 - Risers

Indivior (INDV) 175.90p 6.61%

Hiscox Limited (DI) (HSX) 916.60p 5.89%

Direct Line Insurance Group (DLG) 315.40p 5.31%

Auction Technology Group (ATG) 1,430.00p 4.38%

IP Group (IPO) 121.80p 3.57%

ICG Enterprise Trust (ICGT) 1,100.00p 3.00%

Tullow Oil (TLW) 47.10p 2.97%

Investec (INVP) 285.70p 2.95%

Babcock International Group (BAB) 270.90p 2.89%

Elementis (ELM) 147.70p 2.78%

FTSE 250 - Fallers

Rotork (ROR) 339.20p -6.50%

Greggs (GRG) 2,725.00p -2.82%

TP Icap Group (TCAP) 194.66p -2.67%

easyJet (EZJ) 824.40p -2.60%

Dunelm Group (DNLM) 1,300.00p -2.40%

Capital & Counties Properties (CAPC) 171.60p -2.28%

Travis Perkins (TPK) 1,683.00p -2.21%

Mitchells & Butlers (MAB) 279.40p -1.96%

Fidelity China Special Situations (FCSS) 358.50p -1.24%

Pets at Home Group (PETS) 469.20p -1.14%

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