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UK stocks open 0.1% lower following weak China data

Tue, 10th Sep 2019

UK stocks opened modestly lower on Tuesday after weak Chinese producer price data sparked a fall on Asia exchanges. At 0900, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was down 8.74 points, or 0.1%, at 7.227.07. JD sports jumped 6.7% to 675.0 after its first-half profits rose and it forecast a full-year performance at the top end of its guidance range, notwithstanding some adjustment for new accounting standards. Bovis Homes fell 5.4% to 1001.5p after it announced that it was mulling a bid for Galliford Try's housing business. Galliford Try jumped 15% to 705.14p. Equipment hire company Ashtead fell 1.6% to 2250p, even as it booked a rise in first-quarter profit and touted further stock buybacks. Trust and fund administration service provider Sanne was flat at 572p, as it booked a 50% fall in first-half profit, owing to one-off expenses and a contraction in margins. Disease and allergy test-kit supplier Omega Diagnostics rallied 5.8% to 11..9p, on announcing that it had received a second purchase order from its new partner in China. Recycling company Renewi gained 1.0% to 30.96p after it agreed to sell its Reym industrial cleaning business to the Rremondis for €64m (£57m) including debt. Video games developer Team17 fell 0.6% to 300.3p, even as it almost doubled its revenue thanks to new games releases, including 'Genesis Alpha One' and 'My Time at Portia'. The company, however, also said its release scheduled meant revenue would be weighted to the first half. Story provided by StockMarketWire.com

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