FTSE 250 movers: Upper Crust owner SSP surges; AO World falls

23 February 2021

(Sharecast News) - London's FTSE 250 was up 0.3% at 21,047.54 in afternoon trade on Tuesday.
Travel and leisure stocks rallied amid the prospect of easing restrictions, with Upper Crust and Ritazza owner <strong>SSP</strong> the top gainer, while <strong>WH Smith</strong>, <strong>Cineworld</strong>, <strong>easyJet</strong> and Mecca Bingo owner <strong>Rank Group</strong> also rose sharply.

EasyJet said earlier that it had seen a surge in bookings after Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined the government's lockdown exit strategy on Monday.

Office space provider <strong>Workspace</strong> was also in the black, likely amid expectations that more workers will be returning to offices in the next few months.

On the downside, online electrical goods retailer <strong>AO World</strong> - which has benefited from Covid-related restrictions and lockdowns - was on the back foot.

<strong>FTSE 250 - Risers</strong>

SSP Group (SSPG) 360.00p 14.29%
WH Smith (SMWH) 1,933.00p 8.29%
C&amp;C Group (CCR) 268.00p 7.63%
Babcock International Group (BAB) 262.60p 7.05%
Workspace Group (WKP) 771.00p 6.27%
Cineworld Group (CINE) 93.08p 5.72%
Rank Group (RNK) 162.80p 5.44%
easyJet (EZJ) 940.20p 5.38%
Unite Group (UTG) 1,004.00p 5.30%
Greencore Group (GNC) 149.20p 4.12%

<strong>FTSE 250 - Fallers</strong>

Baillie Gifford US Growth Trust (USA) 325.00p -8.19%
Synthomer (SYNT) 468.40p -8.16%
Allianz Technology Trust (ATT) 2,805.00p -8.03%
Edinburgh Worldwide Inv Trust (EWI) 369.50p -7.16%
AO World (AO.) 279.50p -7.14%
Fidelity China Special Situations (FCSS) 434.50p -4.92%
Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings (AML) 2,072.00p -4.82%
Mitchells &amp; Butlers (MAB) 321.50p -4.74%
CMC Markets (CMCX) 411.50p -4.52%
Carnival (CCL) 1,489.50p -4.27%