LSE movers: Resolution, Legal & General, Lloyds, Whitbread, Amec, Tesco, Marks & Spencer


The FTSE 100 added 15 points (0.25 percent), reaching 5,878 by 13:00. The FTSE 250 advanced 36 points (0.3 percent) to 12,032 and the FTSE AIM 100 index declined 6.5 points (0.15 percent) to 4,037.

Insurance focused investor Resolution (LON:RSL) led the blue chips, rallying 4.2 percent.

Hospitality group Whitbread (LON:WTB) and oil and gas engineering firm Petrofac (LON:PFC) were at the bottom of the pile with losses of 1.5 percent. Another engineering company Amec (LON:AMEC) dropped 1 percent, as did retailers Tesco (LON:TSCO), Sainsbury’s (LON:SBRY), Marks & Spencer (LON:MKS) and Morrison Supermarkets (LON:MRW).

Oil & gas

Supermajors BP (LON:LBP) and Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSB) declined marginally, as did Cairn Energy (LON:CNE) and Tullow Oil (LON:TLW).

Services company Wood Group (LON:WG) did better, climbing 1 percent.

Heritage Oil (LON:HOIL) shed 1 percent, while fellow midcap Soco International (LON:SIA) added 1 percent.

Energy sector focused investor Xtract Energy (LON:XTR) was among the top performers in the sector, rallying 10 percent. Falklands operating oil and gas explorer Argos Resources (LON:ARG) and US focused Nighthawk Energy (LON:HAWK) added 6 percent.


Gold miner Randgold Resources (LON:RRS) rose 1 percent, while other majors were broadly flat.

Peer from the FTSE 250 advanced 1.7 percent. Hochschild Mining (LON:HOC) slipped 1.7 percent.

Notable risers among the small caps in the sector included emerging gold producer in Central Asia Anglo Asian Mining (LON:AAZ), which added 5 percent. Copper and gold focused explorer and mine developer EMED Mining (LON:EMED) and gold producer and explorer Goldplat (LON:GDP) advanced 4.5 percent.

Base metals focused miners Rio Tinto (LON:RIO) and Xstrata (LON:XTA) rose 1.5 percent. Sector peer Vedanta Resources (LON:VED) followed with a 1.1 percent gain.

Banks, insurance, private equity

Lloyds (LON:LLOY)
led the banks, advancing 1.7 percent. Fellow part-nationalised bank Royal Bank of Scotland (LON:RBS) posted a small gain.

Admiral Group (LON:ADM) and Legal & General (LON:LGEN) led the insurers, climbing 2 percent. Standard Life (LON:SL) also did well, advancing 1.4 percent.

Small cap movers

Other notable risers among the small caps included Zoo Digital Group (LON:ZOO), which surged 12.5 percent.

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