May 16, 2019 / 7:51 AM / 7 months ago

Financials, miners lead FTSE 100 rebound, but Burberry, Thomas Cook slip

(Reuters) - Rallying banks and mining stocks lifted Britain’s FTSE 100 on Thursday, but weak earnings hit luxury brand Burberry (BRBY.L) and Thomas Cook TCG.L was floored by a profit warning.

FILE PHOTO: A broker reacts on the IG Index the trading floor in London, Britain February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

The main index .FTSE bounced 0.8%, gaining for the third consecutive session, and the mid-caps .FTMC gained by the same margin, helped by strong earnings reports.

UK shares, along with their European counterparts, reversed initial losses after a strong open on Wall Street, which was lifted by earnings and strong economic data, despite U.S. curbs on China’s Huawei heightening trade tensions.

Miners .FTNMX1770 jumped nearly 2%, continuing a three-day winning streak, as iron ore futures scaled a record high on strong demand, while aluminium prices also rose as production shutdowns at one of China’s biggest smelters fuelled supply worries.

Private equity firm 3i (III.L) advanced 3.2% after reporting a jump in total returns.

Exporters were also lifted after the pound neared a four-month low as Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May fought to keep her Brexit deal intact, amid growing fears of a disorderly departure from the European Union.

However, Burberry (BRBY.L) slumped 5.9% on its worst day since January after reporting a drop in adjusted operating profit.

National Grid (NG.L) slipped 3.4% - its biggest one-day drop this year - after reporting a drop in earnings and the opposition Labour Party announced plans to take energy networks back into state ownership if elected.

On the FTSE small-cap index .FTSC, Thomas Cook TCG.L slumped more than 14.7%, after earlier hitting a more than 6-1/2-year low, as the travel group said economic and political uncertainty would hit its profit this summer.

Its larger rival TUI (TUIT.L) fell 2.5%, while easyJet (EZJ.L) slipped 2.1% and IAG (ICAG.L) gave up 1.2%.

The midcap index drew some strong news-related moves.

Livestock genetics firm Genus (GNS.L) jumped 14.1% after a deal to license its know-how on virus-resistant pigs to Beijing Capital Agribusiness, which will seek regulatory approval for the pigs in the world’s biggest pork market.

Cyber security firm Sophos (SOPH.L) surged 14% on its best day in more than a year after reporting higher-than-expected annual earnings, while Premier Oil (PMO.L) jumped 8.8% as it hiked its production target.

Metro Bank (MTRO.L) slumped 8.1% after the Financial Times reported that its share placing might be priced at a 10% discount. After the market close Metro Bank announced plans to raise 350 million pounds at a price of 500 pence per share, a 7.3% discount to Thursday’s closing price.

Reporting by Muvija M and Shashwat Awasthi in Bengaluru; editing by Larry King and Alexander Smith

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