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London open: Stocks lifted by M&A news, vaccine hopes

By Michele Maatouk

Date: Monday 14 Sep 2020

London open: Stocks lifted by M&A news, vaccine hopes

(Sharecast News) - London stock rose in early trade on Monday, boosted by M&A news and Covid-19 vaccine hopes.
At 0845 BST, the FTSE 100 was up 0.7% at 6,075.56, while the pound was 0.3% higher against the dollar at 1.2834 as MPs prepare to debate the Internal Market Bill.

CMC Markets analyst Michael Hewson said: "European stocks have got off to a positive start to the week helped by a decent performance in Asia, as well as renewed optimism over progress on a possible vaccine after AstraZeneca resumed its UK trials after last week's suspension over safety concerns, and possible side effects.

"The CEO of US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer was also upbeat about the prospect that US citizens could well see the beginnings of a Covid vaccine by year end.

"Merger and acquisition activity is also helping sentiment after it was reported that Softbank has agreed a $40bn deal with US chip maker Nvidia for UK chip maker ARM Holdings, which it acquired for $32bn in 2016."

SoftBank will become Nvidia's largest shareholder after the Japanese group receives $21.5bn in common stock and $12bn in cash.

Meanwhile, Gilead Sciences said over the weekend that it had agreed to buy biotech company Immunomedics in a $21bn deal. Gilead will pay $88 per share in cash for Immunomedics, which will strengthen its cancer drug portfolio.

Euronext confirmed that it has made a non-binding offer to London Stock Exchange to buy Borsa Italiana. The offer was made in partnership with Italian state lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) and Intesa Sanpaolo.

Investors were also digesting reports that Oracle has beaten rival Microsoft in negotiations for the US operations of ByteDance's TikTok.

Elsewhere, Oxford Biomedica, which has a supply agreement with AstraZeneca for its Covid vaccine, was the standout gainer on the FTSE 250 index.

Market Movers

FTSE 100 (UKX) 6,075.56 0.72%
FTSE 250 (MCX) 17,643.90 0.50%
techMARK (TASX) 3,846.96 0.49%

FTSE 100 - Risers

International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (CDI) (IAG) 138.95p 8.03%
Informa (INF) 409.00p 3.26%
Ocado Group (OCDO) 2,330.00p 2.82%
ITV (ITV) 66.30p 2.44%
Melrose Industries (MRO) 125.70p 1.91%
Aveva Group (AVV) 4,887.00p 1.83%
BP (BP.) 266.70p 1.77%
BAE Systems (BA.) 517.00p 1.77%
Anglo American (AAL) 1,979.00p 1.72%
CRH (CRH) 2,976.00p 1.64%

FTSE 100 - Fallers

Fresnillo (FRES) 1,294.00p -4.29%
Polymetal International (POLY) 1,975.00p -1.69%
Rolls-Royce Holdings (RR.) 207.50p -1.19%
Barratt Developments (BDEV) 501.00p -1.03%
Hikma Pharmaceuticals (HIK) 2,647.00p -0.97%
Hargreaves Lansdown (HL.) 1,643.50p -0.72%
Morrison (Wm) Supermarkets (MRW) 179.20p -0.61%
SSE (SSE) 1,212.00p -0.41%
Persimmon (PSN) 2,519.00p -0.40%
Schroders (SDR) 2,773.00p -0.40%

FTSE 250 - Risers

Oxford Biomedica (OXB) 860.00p 3.61%
easyJet (EZJ) 599.80p 3.41%
Network International Holdings (NETW) 407.40p 3.40%
IP Group (IPO) 73.40p 3.38%
Wizz Air Holdings (WIZZ) 3,560.00p 3.19%
Morgan Sindall Group (MGNS) 1,258.00p 3.11%
OneSavings Bank (OSB) 302.40p 2.93%
Cairn Energy (CNE) 140.10p 2.56%
Weir Group (WEIR) 1,297.00p 2.29%
Paragon Banking Group (PAG) 352.00p 2.27%

FTSE 250 - Fallers

Bank of Georgia Group (BGEO) 885.00p -2.32%
Helios Towers (HTWS) 158.80p -2.22%
Hammerson (HMSO) 23.56p -2.20%
Cineworld Group (CINE) 50.98p -1.96%
Royal Mail (RMG) 229.30p -1.88%
Wetherspoon (J.D.) (JDW) 909.50p -1.83%
Mitchells & Butlers (MAB) 152.00p -1.68%
Redrow (RDW) 442.40p -1.47%
Centamin (DI) (CEY) 210.40p -1.41%
Watches of Switzerland Group (WOSG) 317.50p -1.24%

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