Shares in the precious metals mining company have risen more than any other constituent within the FTSE 100, albeit on a particularly slow day, after analysts at UBS raised the company stock rating from “neutral” to “buy”.
Petra Diamonds, +2.06%
Diamond Mining Group – Petra Diamonds – has announced today that it is on track to meet its fiscal 2014 production target after producing 816,735 carats in the three months to September 30th. Petra remains on track to meet production guidance of 3.0 million carats for the full year to June 30th 2014.
JSJS Designs, +32.56%
Registering the most impressive gain amongst AIM listed stocks, JSJS – a provider of home automation technologies – share price has rocketed after confirming today that it has signed a contract with Megaman U.K., a subsidiary of Neolight Hong Kong, to be its sole distributor for the U.K. The agreement between the companies also allows for further similar agreements in other core markets for the group, which should accelerate the possibility for core sales growth during 2014.
The systems biology company have received a boost today after signing a contract with a new speciality pharma customer. The deal will investigate how one of its new candidate drugs shrinks tumours.
Sabien Technology, +12.5%
Sabien Technology Group PLC – a boiler energy efficiency technology company – have announced that it has been awarded a contract by Lincolnshire County Council, or LCC, estimated to be worth 2.2 million pounds for the deployment of Sabien’s M2G boiler optimization technology into LCC’s Estate. First phase includes 70 schools with revenue in the year ending June 30 2014 estimated to exceed £500,000.
The Sage Group, -1.28%
Following the October 4th announcement that the company has purchased 193,000 of its ordinary shares at an average price of 330.07 pence per share through Citigroup, shares in the global provider of business management software have slid.
Shares in the Pork Producer have fallen during today’s trading despite reporting that underlying turnover in the 6 months to September 30th was 13% ahead of the same period last year. Additionally, it expects full-year operating profit to be within the same range as last year. U.K pig prices are set to remain at historical highs at least through to the end of the calendar year.
Marks & Spencer, -2.85%
Marks & Spencer Group Plc, Britain’s largest clothing retailer, fell the most in almost two months after Credit Suisse reduced sales and profitability estimates and as a report showed U.K. fashion sales declined in September. The quarter ended last month was slower than expected for Marks & Spencer’s non-food division.
Despite analysts at Citigroup reiterating their “buy” rating on the stock, shares in Easyjet have plunged during today’s session. Whilst of course markets in general are trading lower – with one eye on the U.S budget developments – the new partnership that Easyjet have formed with Sabre to drive the ancillary sales strategy was expected to go some way in lofting the share price.