Sector movers: Miners tail off

15 April 2019

(Sharecast News) - Markets were mixed on Monday with miners in the mire but mobile telecoms marching higher.
Miners were in the red as copper retreated after its strong session on Friday.

Profit taking was cited by <em>CMC Markets</em> analyst David Madden, though data out of China should have boosted support for miners, suggested analysts at <em>Liberum</em>, with further credit growth again in March adding to evidence that China is aggressively stimulating its economy via the banking sector.

"We expect increased corporate borrowing is likely to disproportionately impact manufacturing and consumption over housing construction, which should be incrementally more positive for copper and aluminium demand, as opposed to steel," Liberum said.

Mobile was boosted as <strong>Vodafone</strong> continued to climb from last week's one-month low, perhaps boosted by a note from Numis that suggested biding in Germany's spectrum auction was "far less" than Italy's auction last year and pointing out that on its forecasts, the FTSE 100 telecoms giant's shares currently trade noticeably cheaper than the sector and with a 9.4% dividend yield.

Telecoms were also higher along with other defensive stocks such as tobacco and life insurers.

<strong>Top performing sectors so far today</strong>

Mobile Telecommunications 3,223.49 +1.22%

Tobacco 35,904.84 +1.02%

Fixed Line Telecommunications 2,657.91 +0.93%

Life Insurance 8,034.74 +0.84%

General Retailers 2,286.18 +0.82%

<strong>Bottom performing sectors so far today</strong>

Mining 20,811.54 -1.33%

Oil Equipment, Services &amp; Distribution 11,268.01 -0.99%

Health Care Equipment &amp; Services 6,908.58 -0.68%

Oil &amp; Gas Producers 9,243.45 -0.56%

Industrial Metals &amp; Mining 6,173.41 -0.55%

<strong>Market Movers</strong>

FTSE 100 (UKX) 7,431.11 -0.08%
FTSE 250 (MCX) 19,816.99 0.53%
techMARK (TASX) 3,558.80 0.20%

<strong>FTSE 100 - Risers</strong>

easyJet (EZJ) 1,178.00p 2.35%
Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) 6,268.00p 1.75%
Prudential (PRU) 1,699.00p 1.61%
Next (NXT) 5,700.00p 1.50%
WPP (WPP) 884.80p 1.47%
Vodafone Group (VOD) 142.60p 1.47%
Ferguson (FERG) 5,398.00p 1.28%
Spirax-Sarco Engineering (SPX) 7,980.00p 1.27%
British American Tobacco (BATS) 3,127.00p 1.23%
Hiscox Limited (DI) (HSX) 1,627.00p 1.18%

<strong>FTSE 100 - Fallers</strong>

Compass Group (CPG) 1,753.50p -2.20%
BHP Group (BHP) 1,899.80p -1.82%
Anglo American (AAL) 2,175.50p -1.54%
Experian (EXPN) 2,160.00p -1.46%
Fresnillo (FRES) 784.00p -1.46%
Antofagasta (ANTO) 1,008.00p -1.42%
Rio Tinto (RIO) 4,707.00p -1.35%
Reckitt Benckiser Group (RB.) 5,829.00p -1.29%
Marks &amp; Spencer Group (MKS) 275.60p -0.97%
Hikma Pharmaceuticals (HIK) 1,743.00p -0.97%

<strong>FTSE 250 - Risers</strong>

IWG (IWG) 345.35p 25.26%
Indivior (INDV) 42.25p 19.93%
Energean Oil &amp; Gas (ENOG) 848.00p 8.72%
Kier Group (KIE) 378.00p 8.62%
Metro Bank (MTRO) 842.01p 7.13%
Charter Court Financial Services Group (CCFS) 368.50p 3.80%
Entertainment One Limited (ETO) 467.20p 3.13%
IP Group (IPO) 102.60p 3.01%
Restaurant Group (RTN) 125.50p 2.87%
IG Group Holdings (IGG) 529.60p 2.80%

<strong>FTSE 250 - Fallers</strong>

Acacia Mining (ACA) 172.90p -9.95%
Kaz Minerals (KAZ) 712.40p -3.52%
Funding Circle Holdings (FCH) 319.50p -3.18%
Hochschild Mining (HOC) 191.70p -2.19%
Ultra Electronics Holdings (ULE) 1,523.00p -2.06%
Saga (SAGA) 56.15p -2.01%
William Hill (WMH) 164.95p -1.90%
Safestore Holdings (SAFE) 644.50p -1.90%
TalkTalk Telecom Group (TALK) 120.40p -1.87%
888 Holdings (888) 152.50p -1.80%