FTSE 100 plunges on reports of new Covid-19 variant

US Markets: Broder US indices are showing a weaker trend amid fear of a new variant of coronavirus. S&P 500 future was down by 1.6%, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures fell by 2.11%. The technology heavy index Nasdaq Composite future was down by 0.9% in early Friday morning trends.

UK Market News: The UK stock market is trading deep in red, with blue-chip index FTSE100 down by 2.72%, while the mid-cap focused FTSE 250 index down by 2.21%. The UK stock market was down along with other European markets after South Africa, and other countries reported a new variant of coronavirus. As per the initial media report, the new variant is highly transmissible and evade vaccines.

International Consolidated Airlines Group (LON: IAG): The share price of the passenger airlines company was down by over 15% with a day’s low of GBX 122.06, after the investors decided to sell-off over the fear of a rise in coronavirus cases in Europe, which might lead to another lockdown like scenario impacting the company’s revenue.

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Novacyt S.A. (LON: NCYT): Share of the medical equipment company was up by over 28% after the company’s real-time PCR test was approved in the UK by the Health Security Agency. The company plans to resume sales of its product soon in the UK.

Bonhill Group Plc (LON: BONH): Share of the B2B business service provider was down by over 20%, with a day’s low of GBX 8.75 after the company announced its business update. The company expects weaker digital sales in the US market, leading to a decline in share price.


European Indices Performance (at the time of writing):

European Indices performanceFTSE 100 Index Six-Month Performance (as on 26 November 2021)

FTSE 100 performance in last 6 months

Six-months FTSE 100 Chart (Source: Refinitiv) 

Top 3 Volume Stocks in FTSE 100*: Lloyds Banking Group plc (LLOY), International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc (RR.)

Top 3 Sectors traded in red*: Energy (-5.08%), Financials (-3.91%), Basic Material (-3.32%)

London Stock Exchange: Stocks Performance (at the time of writing)

LSE Stock performanceCrude Oil Future Prices*: Brent future crude oil (future) price and WTI crude oil (future) price were hovering at $78.0/barrel and $74.06/barrel, respectively.

Gold Price*: Gold price quoted at US$ 1,806 per ounce, up by 1.27% against the prior day closing.

Currency Rates*: GBP to USD: 1.3348; EUR to USD: 1.1292.

Bond Yields*: US 10-Year Treasury yield: 1.535%; UK 10-Year Government Bond yield: 0.8480%.

*At the time of writing