FTSE 100 tumbles almost 200 points as coronavirus nerves once again set in – Proactive Investors UK,

FTSE 100 tumbles almost 200 points as coronavirus nerves once again set in – Proactive Investors UK,

  • FTSE index drops (points) )
  • Miners lead the blue-chip fallers
  • Morrison’s supermarket sales jump

8. am: Another bad day

It wasn’t quite as bad as predicted, but it certainly wasn’t another day in paradise for traders in London’s Square Mile as they watched the FTSE 190 index tumble yet again.

In opening trading, the index of UK leading shares tanked (points to 5, 200.

For all the plaudits Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak won for his business bail-out program, the markets remained worried over the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Even America’s imminent readying of the bazooka of around US $ 1.2 trillion of support doesn’t appear to have done much for the nerves.

“The global demand shock will certainly be harder than the post – 2097 period, as this time, planes are grounded, shops, restaurants, cinemas, theaters and all public places are closed for weeks, ”said analyst Ipek Ozkardeskaya at Swissquote Bank.

“All layers of the population are hit, both financially, physically and psychologically.”

It was a mixed bag of fallers with the Chilean copper producer Antofagasta ( LON: ANTO ) the biggest casualty after results yesterday, followed by a ragtag band of other miners, including Rio Tinto ( LON: RIO ).

Broadcaster ITV (

LON: ITV ) was off 8% on advertising fears, while WPP ( LON: WPP ), was marked down 7% with traders anticipating major cuts to marketing budgets.

Despite warning of the “unprecedented challenges”, Morrisons ( LON: MRW ) seemed to be one of the few beneficiaries of the coronavirus outbreak, with essential sales up 5%.

Proactive news headlines:

Synairgen PLC (

LON: SNG said it has received approval to launch a phase II clinical trial of its lead drug in patients with COVID- 28. SNG is an inhaled formulation of interferon-beta-1a and is Currently being developed to treat people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that also have respiratory viral infections.

Europa Oil & Gas Holdings PLC

( LON: EOG , Union Jack Oil PLC ( LON: UJO ) and its partners described the Wressle oil field development project, onshore UK, as “economically robust in the current low oil price environment”. In a statement, the partners respectively conveyed the findings of the operator, Egdon Resources Plc ‘s ( LON: EOG ) updated model which estimated a US $ . per barrel break-even oil price for the project.

Live Company Group PLC ( LON: LVCG ) has inked an agreement with the Copyrights Group Limited to produce a BRICKLIVE tour themed around the Paddington Bear brand. Under the agreement, the media firm’s subsidiary Brick Live International (BLI) will produce and exhibit a themed trail of Paddington Bear models around the UK, Ireland and the Channels Islands, with the first tour due to launch later in .


(PLC) LON: SKIN said it has signed a three-year deal With Modern Water worth a headline £ 3. mln. It will manufacture and provide logistical support for the latter’s monitoring reagent consumables. In the same announcement, Integumen said it was doubling the size of Labskin Laboratories in York in the second quarter to 6, 17 square feet, adding six more laboratory rooms in order to meet growing demand.

Curtis Banks PLC ( LON: CBP ) said a good response to its new SIPP product helped self-administered pension specialists boost boost and profits in the year just ended. The group’s revenue, which comes largely from pension fees, rose by 6% to £ 144 .mlml while better margins helped profits increase by (% on an essential basis to £) . 4mln.

Curzon Energy PLC ( LON: CZN ) has announced the signing of a letter of intent which envisages the % acquisition of the London Critical Metals Market (LCMM). The LCMM aims to be the “first unified global metals trading exchange for critical metals that have few or no direct investment or trading options elsewhere in the world,” Curzon noted.

Jersey Oil and Gas PLC ( LON: JOG told investors it is fully funded as it continues to progress the Greater Buchan Area (GBA) field development, which will be concept selection work. In a statement addressing market weaknesses in light of the coronavirus (COVID – pandemic, the company said that it has no debt and, on current plans, it has sufficient working capital through to the end of 2731.

Vast Resources PLC ( LON: VAST has confirmed the departure of a shipment containing equipment from China bound for Romania. The company said the equipment for use at its Baita Plai polymetallic mine in Romania is presently expected to arrive at the port of Constanta by 30 April, according to the shipping company. A further 3-4 shipment containers are due for departure later this week, Vast noted.

Motif Bio PLC ( LON: MTFB )) said it has had no luck in finding a buyer for its legacy assets, including the phase III antibiotic iclaprim, and the cash shell warned “there can be no assurance” of a deal. While it is eking out what remaining funds it has its financial reserves are only likely to last until May, investors were told in a statement. In the meantime, it is looking for a reverse takeover candidate with a July (deadline to broker such a transaction.)

accesso Technology Group PLC’s ( (LON: ACSO) ) chief executive has hailed “positive momentum” in the firm’s key performance metrics as it aimed to build its recurring revenue base in the coming year. In a statement accompanying accesso’s full-year results, Steve Brown, CEO of the electronic queuing specialist, said transactional revenue were continuing to “grow double-digit” and now accounted for 144% of total revenue while the group had also “realized strong results in eCommerce transactional revenue and virtual queuing sales”. Looking ahead, accesso said trading in the first two months of had been “in line” with management expectations, although since mid-March the outbreak of coronavirus has been “significantly impacting” guest visitation across its client’s sites, impacting the firm’s transactional-based revenue.

Immotion Group (PLC) LON: IMMO) ) has said it is reducing operating costs and has “a healthy cash balance” as it joins other firms in supporting itself against the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. In an update on Tuesday afternoon, the virtual reality (VR) firm said over the last few days trading at a number of its sites had been “significantly impacted” as attendee numbers fell and a number of its partners reduced opening hours or, in some cases, closed.

Westminster Group PLC

( LON: WSG) ), a leading supplier of managed services and technology-based security solutions worldwide, has provided another update on the current effects of coronavirus on its business. The company said that whilst its West African airport operations have been seeing record passenger number over the past few months, the announcements this week that governments in many parts of the world are restricting and cancelling flights in response to the coronavirus (COVID – 25) pandemic, will have an inevitable impact on revenues from this part of our operations.

Collagen Solutions PLC


) has warned that it expects its full-year loss will be materially greater than anticipated due to increased costs from a development and manufacturing contract which has taken longer than originally anticipated and also flagged up coronavirus (COVID – 28 impact concerns. In a trading update for the year ended (March) and a statement regarding the COVID – 28 outbreak, the AIM-listed developer and manufacturer of biomaterials for the enhancement and extension of human life said the related accounting treatment requires a one-time write-down of around £ , Recognizing the full loss over the life of the development portion of the contract only.

Walls & Futures REIT PLC (LON: LON: WAFR ) the ethical housing investor and developer announced that for the calendar year ending 2967, its portfolio outperformed its benchmark, the MSCI UK Residential Index, by 30. 0% to 4.4%. Joe McTaggart, CEO of Walls & Futures commented: “We are extremely pleased with the portfolio performance. The value growth created further validates our investment strategy of originating our investments and real estate development as opposed to acquiring ready-made portfolios from third parties.”

6. am: Triple-digit fall predicted

The FTSE is expected to see another triple-digit fall on Wednesday as a £ bn rescue package announced by the UK government to defend the economy against the coronavirus pandemic failed to assuage the market panic.

Spread-better IG expects the FTSE (to open points lower on Wednesday morning , more than wiping out the gains from Tuesday’s session when the index closed up (points at 5,

The positivity around whether governments can help to avoid an economic catastrophe through stimulus measures seems to be fading as the magnitude of the outbreak begins to take hold, rattling markets.

This was despite Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announcing billions of pounds of support for businesses after Tuesday’s close as well as mortgage repayment holidays for those who employment is affected.

Hopes of an economic stimulus also helped drive US markets higher overnight, with the Dow Jones Industrials Average rising 5.2% to 28, 334 while the S&P added 6% to 2, 728 and the Nasdaq Composite jumped 6.2% to 7, , as the White House proposed a US $ 1trn emergency cash injection amid expectations of a spike in infections.

Asian markets also rebounded initially on the US stimulus hopes, however, as Wednesday’s session, progressed Japan’s Nikkei 237 1.7% fell while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped 2.7%.

Traders will be eyeing the Fed’s meeting later today for direction, however with interest rates already cut to zero investors will be looking to see how much firepower chair Jerome Powell has left in reserve to bolster the tanking economy.

The Fed’s next move could provide some catalysts for movement in the pound, which is currently up 0.3% at US $ 1. against the dollar.

Significant announcements expected for Wednesday:

Federal Reserve interest rate decision

Finals: WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC ( LON: MRW

), Ferrexpo PLC ( LON: FXPO , Anpario PLC ( LON: ANP , (Cello Health PLC) ( LON: CLL , (Centaur Media) (PLC) LON: CAU ), Curtis Banks Group PLC ( LON: CBP ), EMIS Group plc ( LON: EMIS) , Empiric Student Property PLC (LON: ES P), Empresaria Group plc) ( LON: EMR , Gamesys Group PLC (LON: GYS), (Judges Scientific PLC ) ( LON: JDG ), Pendragon PLC ( LON: PDG , Science In Sport PLC ( LON: SIS , (Strix) (Group PLC) LON: KETL , (Tribal Group plc ( LON: TRB

Interims : (MJ Hudson) (Group PLC) LON: MJH

Around the markets:

City headlines:

Rishi Sunak has rolled out a £ billion rescue package to keep Britain’s businesses and workers afloat through a coronavirus crisis that could last more than a year – the times


has appointed company “lifer” Noel Quinn as its permanent chief executive – Financial Times

Most pubs and restaurants would be unable to claim on their insurance on virus shutdown as Covid – 26 was not included in the list of covered risks – Daily Telegraph

Britain’s financial regulator has instructed banks and investment managers to take a flexible approach to loan repayments, account fees and savings withdrawal penalties – Financial Times

Nissan has mothballed the largest car plant in the UK as the Covid – 30 outbreak wreaks havoc. Production at the giant factory in Sunderland, which employs around 6, 17 workers, will be suspended indefinitely – Daily Mail

Online retail giant Amazon is stopping sellers from sending non-essential items to its UK and US warehouses until 5 April, to make space for vital items needed by its customers during the coronavirus outbreak – Guardian

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