LONDON MARKETS: Global Trade Optimism Keeps London Stocks Above Water As May Faces No-confidence Vote

Data : 12/12/2018 @ 20:14
Fonte : Dow Jones News
Titolo : FTSE 100 (UKX)
Quotazione : 6862.68  -32.34 (-0.47%) @ 17:40
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LONDON MARKETS: Global Trade Optimism Keeps London Stocks Above Water As May Faces No-confidence Vote

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By Emily Horton

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The U.K.'s stock market was positive on Wednesday, as trade optimism held the markets in the green, despite U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May facing a leadership challenge.

Despite upbeat trade prospects, London stock markets registered a number of decliners, including John Wood PLC and Sainsbury's.

How are the markets performing?

The FTSE 100 ended the day up 1.1% at 6,880.19, after closing up 1.3% on Tuesday.

The pound posted a strong rise to change hands near $1.2634 after trading near $1.2489 in New York late on Tuesday.

What is driving markets?

May will face a vote of confidence in her leadership this evening (https://www.fnlondon.com/articles/theresa-may-to-face-vote-of-confidence-this-evening-20181212), after it was confirmed on Wednesday morning that a group of anti-EU Conservative politicians had secured enough votes to force a leadership challenge.

Read:What Theresa May's leadership fight means for Brexit-wary investors (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/what-theresa-mays-leadership-fight-means-for-brexit-weary-investors-2018-12-12)

If the Conservative lawmakers vote against May, the search for a new leader of the party will begin, which could take a number of months to complete. If May wins the vote, her leadership cannot be challenged for another year.

On the announcement of the challenge, sterling slumped to $1.24937 from $1.25118 before the news, but steadied shortly after given a number of positive global trade developments.

China attempted to ease the tension with the U.S. as its top trade official Chinese Vice Premier Liu He informed U.S. negotiators that China planned to reduce auto tariffs and boost purchases of soybeans and other crops.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump said he's ready to intervene in a growing crisis over a Chinese Huawei executive if it can help trade relations with the country, according to an interview with Reuters (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump/trump-says-would-intervene-in-arrest-of-chinese-executive-idUSKBN1OB01P).

What stocks are active?

Mining heavyweights were among top gainers, with Rio Tinto PLC (RIO.LN) up 1.8% and Glencore (GLEN.LN) rising 2.8%.

U.K. auto stocks gained, with Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC (RR.LN) jumping 4.5% on the news that it's stockpiling inventory in preparation for Brexit (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/rolls-royce-starts-brexit-stockpiling-2018-12-12), with 2018 results set to finish at the upper end of its guidance.

John Wood Group PLC (WG.LN) shares dropped by more than 10%, as the energy services company reported expected revenue in 2018 to be 10% higher than in 2017.

In supermarket stocks, J Sainsbury PLC (SBRY.LN) fell by more than 7% as merger issues unfolded.

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

December 12, 2018 13:59 ET (18:59 GMT)

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