UK shares slide as inflation, Omicron risks grow

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click LIVE/ or type LIVE/ in a news window) Dec 2 (Reuters) - UK shares fell on Thursday due to fears around the Omicron coronavirus variant, with the United States confirming its first case of the new strain, while warnings about inflation from major central banks further added to the downbeat mood.
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Stock futures rise ahead of jobless claims, despite omicron concerns

U.S. equity futures are rebounding as the market's rollercoaster week continues sparked by concerns over coronavirus's omicron variant. The major futures indexes suggest a gain of 0.6% when trading begins on Wall Street. Markets were sliding on Wednesday when the White House announced the discovery of the first omicron case...
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Europe’s markets swing back lower as Omicron concerns continue

European traders saw the tide turn once again as markets across the continent finished the session in the red.The u-turn following Wednesday’s rebound was driven by concerns over the pandemic’s spread in mainland Europe, and particularly Germany.The FTSE 100 was more resilient than its counterparts despite some weakness across hospitality stocks, while Wall Street bounced back after a sell-off in its previous session.London’s top flight closed 39.47 points, or 0.55%, lower, at 7,129.21p on Thursday.Elsewhere, the German Dax decreased by 1.35% and the French Cac decreased by 1.25%.Danni Hewson, financial analyst at AJ Bell, said: “US investors have shaken off...

FTSE 100 Seen Sharply Lower as Coronavirus Uncertainty Continues

FTSE 100 Tipped to Fall Amid Coronavirus Uncertainty. 0732 GMT - The FTSE 100 is expected to open 70 points lower at 7,098, according to CMC Markets, after mixed trading in Asia and a lower close on Wall Street. Markets in mainland China and Japan fall, though stocks in Hong Kong are higher, as uncertainty about coronavirus variants continues to weigh on sentiment. "While stock markets continue to fluctuate between hope and fear, bond markets are also chopping around in anticipation of what the Federal Reserve's next move on monetary policy might be," CMC analyst Michael Hewson says. "Against this backdrop, it is then perhaps not surprising that we're set to see a negative European open later this morning." (

European markets troubled as omicron Covid variant fears return

LONDON — European stocks are expected to open lower on Thursday as concerns persist over the omicron Covid variant. The U.K.’s FTSE index is seen opening 80 points lower at 7,086, Germany’s DAX 176 points lower at 15,295, France’s CAC 40 down 91 points at 6,797 and Italy’s FTSE MIB 326 points lower at 26,026, according to data from IG.

FTSE Closes Down Amid Continuing Worries About Omicron

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Reshuffle sees Darktrace and Johnson Matthey drop out of FTSE 100 – Cyber security firm Darktrace (LON:DARK) and chemicals firm Johnson Matthey (LON:JMAT) are the two latest companies to be kicked out of the FTSE 100 following the quarterly rebalancing. The two companies will be relegated to the FTSE 250 index. Gaining promotion from the mid-cap index is Dechra Pharmaceuticals...

Assura’s (AGR) “Overweight” Rating Reaffirmed at Barclays

AGR has been the topic of several other reports. Peel Hunt reissued an “add” rating and issued a GBX 85 ($1.11) price objective on shares of Assura in a research report on Thursday, November 11th. Liberum Capital reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Assura in a research note on Wednesday, November 24th. Peel Hunt restated an “add” rating and issued a GBX 85 ($1.11) price target on shares of Assura in a research note on Thursday, November 11th. Berenberg Bank restated an “overweight” rating and issued a GBX 87 ($1.14) price target on shares of Assura in a research note on Thursday, November 11th. Finally, Shore Capital reiterated a “coverage pending” rating on shares of Assura in a report on Tuesday. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. According to, the company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of GBX 84.75 ($1.11).
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Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF (NYSEARCA:VEU) is Alta Advisers Ltd’s 3rd Largest Position

Alta Advisers Ltd cut its stake in shares of Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF (NYSEARCA:VEU) by 17.1% in the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 394,204 shares of the company’s stock after selling 81,453 shares during the quarter. Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF accounts for about 19.4% of Alta Advisers Ltd’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 3rd largest holding. Alta Advisers Ltd’s holdings in Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF were worth $24,031,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

It Never Ends: The Crisis and Opportunity of Virus Variants

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Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:VEA) Shares Purchased by Falcon Wealth Planning

Falcon Wealth Planning grew its position in shares of Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:VEA) by 79.4% during the third quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 17,942 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 7,943 shares during the period. Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF makes up about 0.3% of Falcon Wealth Planning’s holdings, making the stock its 27th largest holding. Falcon Wealth Planning’s holdings in Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF were worth $906,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Risk-Off In Stocks Flows Into Safe Haven Currencies

There has been quite a bit of volatility in the stocks since the S&P 500 made new all-time highs of 4744.6 on the day of the release of the Core PCE Price Index for October last week, which was 4.1% YoY vs 3.7% YoY in September. Add to that, Omicron, a hawkish Fed Chairman, and the first cases of Omicron in the US, and stock markets are a bit worried. And rightly so! What are the 2 main reasons stocks have been going bid since the start of the pandemic: Stimulus and control of the coronavirus. Well, Powell told us on Tuesday that they will discuss increasing the pace of tapering when the FOMC meets on December 15th and 16th, and the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has surfaced in nearly 20 countries so far, including the US, UK, parts of Europe, and Australia. So, stocks are concerned!

Is the Barratt share price set to recover?

The Barratt (LON: BDEV) share price has gained over 5% in the past month. However, it is still down 10% over the past six months versus a 1% rise for the FTSE 100 index (INDEXFTSE: UKX). Investor sentiment towards the FTSE 100 housebuilder may have been negatively impacted in recent...

Royal Dutch Shell launches new share buyback program

Royal Dutch Shell has launched a $1.5 billion or £1.1 billion share buyback as it increases cash returns to shareholders through the sale of its Perm US business. The FTSE 100-listed group said the buyback would last until January 28, adding it would announce the form and timing for returning an additional $5.5 billion to investors from the Permian sale, plus all unused funds from the repurchase, early next year.

UK Stocks Factors to watch on Dec. 2

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