MARKET REPORT: Mining shares boosted by £500bn G7 spending plan

Shares in London rebounded after global leaders rallied together to boost spending in a move that could fuel demand for commodities.

The FTSE 100 rallied 0.7 per cent, or 49.51 points, at 7258.32 and the FTSE 250 added 1 per cent, or 195.24 points, to reach 19,318.95.

Over the weekend the G7 announced a £500billion infrastructure package to help developing countries. 

Global fund: The G7 has announced a £500bn infrastructure package to help developing countries in a move which  boosted mining stocks despite lingering fears of recession

It has been touted as an alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which pumps billions into countries around the world to fund projects from buildings to roads.

The pledge boosted mining stocks, in particular, despite lingering fears of recession.

Antofagasta was up 3.3 per cent, or 38.5p, to 1223p, Anglo American rose 2.2 per cent, or 67.5p, to 3133.5p, Glencore added 1.5 per cent, or 6.5p, to 452.75p and Rio Tinto climbed 1.5 per cent, or 72p, to 5051p.

Susannah Streeter, senior investment and markets analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: ‘Miners have started on the front foot, helped by the plans for a potential £500billion global infrastructure boost, which was unveiled at the G7 summit.

‘It’s hoped this scheme, seen as a counter to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, will set off a spurt of spending and demand for commodities around the world.

‘But there are already some concerns about the watering down of commitments amid escalating costs of some planned projects due to inflationary pressures.’

She added: ‘Concerns about inflation aren’t likely to go away any time soon.’

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.2 per cent, the S&P fell 0.3 per cent and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.7 per cent. 

Back in the FTSE 100, shares in Centrica ticked up 1.3 per cent, or 1.04p, to 82.2p after the British Gas owner withdrew its interest in taking over the collapsed energy firm Bulb.

Stock Watch –  Tavistock

Shares in Tavistock soared after the most successful trading year in its history.

The AIM-listed financial services group said revenues for its advisory business for the year to the end of March topped £32million.

That was 14 per cent more than the entire group’s revenues a year earlier. The company sold its investment management business in August last year. 

Tavistock said it was ‘positioned well to achieve its strategic objectives’. Shares rose 8.3 per cent, or 0.6p, to 7.85p.

Meanwhile Credit Suisse downgraded Ocado to ‘neutral’ from an ‘outperform’ rating and slashed the target price to 960p from 1,600p. 

The broker noted shares in the grocer-turned-tech-platform are down 40 per cent since February.

‘Ocado has significantly downgraded its retail outlook,’ Credit Suisse added. The retailer recently tapped investors for £578million of funding. Shares dropped 1.2 per cent, or 10.6p, to 860p yesterday.

Fellow retailer Dunelm was dragged down 2.4 per cent, or 20p, to 814p. But B&Q and Screwfix owner Kingfisher was up 2.2 per cent, or 5.4p, at 248.7p and B&M rose 0.5 per cent, or 1.9p, to 387.3p and.

Among the mid-cap stocks, Biffa was forced to delay publishing its full year results for the second time in a matter of weeks. 

Shares slid 2.1 per cent, or 8.6p, to 398.4p after the waste management firm said its auditor Deloitte has asked for more time to review the ongoing landfill tax enquiry conducted by HMRC.

The company planned to publish its results today, having previously opted against doing so on June 16 after it received a possible takeover offer by investor Energy Capital Partners for 445p per share. Biffa said it expects its full year results to be in line with earlier trading updates

Holiday giant Tui clawed back some of its recent losses to end up 2.2 per cent, or 3.25p, to 149.2p.

The firm on Friday said its boss Friedrich Joussen, who was at the helm for nearly ten years, will be replaced by the chief financial officer Sebastian Ebel in October.

Other travel stocks in the black included Easyjet, up 2.2 per cent, or 8.7p, at 403.6p, and Wizz Air which added 1.9 per cent, or 37.5p, to 2006p.

Exhibition and conference organiser Hyve (up 4.3 per cent, or 2.9p, to 70.9p) said the first half of 2022 saw ‘faster than anticipated revenue recovery’.

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