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- FTSE 100 up 0.3%, FTSE 250 flat
Oct 25 (Reuters) – London’s blue-chip index gained on Monday as higher commodity prices lifted oil and mining stocks, while shares in HSBC rose after the Asia-focussed bank reported a higher-than-expected profit.
The FTSE 100 (.FTSE) ended 0.3% higher, with HSBC (HSBA.L) adding 1.9% to hit a more-than four month high after the bank reported a 74% rise in third-quarter profit and announced a share buyback of $2 billion. read more
Miners (.FTNMX551020) were the biggest boost to the index, adding 2.0% as copper prices rebounded from a fall last week, as inventories in Shanghai exchange warehouses dropped to a more than 12-year low.
Bolstered by soaring oil and gas prices fuelled by a supply shortage, UK’s energy sector (.FTNMX601010) has gained nearly 38.8% this year, outperforming the 12.2% rise in the blue-chip FTSE 100 index.
“Whatever you raise interest rates to in the UK, it is not going to have a material impact on the price of gas or oil, because there is a genuine shortage,” said Stuart Cole, macro economist at Equiti Capital. “So if you’re a producer, it is happy days.”
Bank of England rate setter Silvana Tenreyro said the rise in inflation pressure from surging energy prices was likely to fade quickly, while also adding that she needed more time to judge how the end of the government’s job-saving furlough scheme was affecting the labour market, adding to signs that she sees no urgency to raise rates. read more
Gold mining company Petropavlovsk PLC (POG.L) fell 1.5% after it reported a fall in year-on-year gold production in the third quarter.
Reporting by Bansari Mayur Kamdar;
Editing by Vinay Dwivedi and David Evans
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