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LSE movers: IAG, Burberry, Aggreko, Randgold Resources, Heritage Oil, Active Energy, Solo Oil

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The FTSE 100 added 27 points (0.45 percent) by mid afternoon, reaching 6,044. The FTSE 250 rose 28 points (0.25 percent) to 11,838 and the FTSE AIM 100 index declined 9.5 points (0.2 percent) to 4,230.

International Consolidated Airlines Group (LON:IAG)
and fashion house Burberry (LON:BRBY) led the blue chips, rallying 3.3 percent. Temporary power provider Aggreko (LON:AGK) climbed 2.5 percent.

Gold miner Randgold Resources (LON:RRS), tour operator TUI Travel (LON:TT) and clothing retailer Next (LON:NXT) were at the bottom of the pile with losses of over 1 percent.

Oil & gas

Supermajors Shall (LON:RSDB) and BP (LON:BP) advanced 1.5 percent and 1 percent respectively. Cairn Energy (LON:CNE) declined 1 percent.

Heritage Oil (LON:HOIL)
led the midcaps, soaring 8 percent. Salamander Energy (LON:SMDR) and JKX Oil & Gas (LON:JKX) moved in the opposite direction, shedding 3.3 percent and 2.3 percent respectively.

US operating exploration and production company Nostra Terra Oil & Gas (LON:NTOG) and oil and gas sector focused investor Solo Oil (LON:SOLO) led the juniors, soaring 27.5 percent and 20.5 percent respectively.

Explorer and producer focused on EU Northern Petroleum (LON:NOP) and energy sector focused investor Xtract Energy (LON:XTR) advanced 5 percent.

Mining

Precious metals


Major mining companies weren’t very active today. Randgold Resources (LON:RRS) dropped 1.3 percent, while Lonmin (LON:LMI) and Fresnillo (LON:FRES) declined marginally, as did FTSE 250 constituent African Barrick Gold (LON:ABG).

Midcap Aquarius Platinum (LON:AQP) did better, advancing 1.1 percent.

Rambler Metals & Mining (LON:RMM), which is focused on the Rambler copper-gold property, and investor in gold and copper-gold prospects Mariana Resources (LON:MARL) emerged among the top risers in the sector, climbing 7 percent and 6 percent respectively. Oxus Gold (LON:OXS), which is the only publicly listed gold mining company with primary operations inside the Republic of Uzbekistan, added 5.5 percent.

Base metals

Base metal miners were in declined today. Anglo American (LON:AAL), Antofagasta (LON:ANTO) and Vedanta Resources (LON:VED) dropped 1 percent.

Notable risers among the small caps included coal exploration and production company Strategic Natural Resources (LON:SNRP), which gained 6.5 percent.

Banks, insurance, private equity


Barclays (LON:BARC) and part-nationalised banks Lloyds (LON:LLOY) and Royal Bank of Scotland (LON:RBS) led the sector with gains of 1 percent. HSBC (LON:HSBA) was down 1 percent.

Insurance companies Admiral Group (LON:ADM), Aviva (LON:AV), Legal & General (LON:LGEN) and Standard Life (LON:SL) rose 1 percent.

Small cap movers


Other notable risers among the small caps included Active Energy (LON:AEG), which soared 46 percent.

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