London’s FTSE 100 was down 0.2% at 7,546.09 in afternoon trade on Friday.
Discount retailer B&M European Value Retail was under the cosh after SSA Investments sold 40m shares in the company – a 4% stake – in a placing. The shares were sold at 585p each, raising gross proceeds of £234m.
Following settlement of the placing, which is expected to take place on 18 January, SSA will hold a stake of around 7.0% in B&M.
SSA is controlled by brothers Simon and Bobby Arora, B&M’s chief executive and trading director, respectively.
Royal Mail slumped after JPMorgan put the stock on its ‘Negative Catalyst Watch’ ahead of earnings in February.
Going the other way, banks were on the rise, with Standard Chartered and Lloyds both higher.
FTSE 100 – Risers
Standard Chartered (STAN) 519.60p 1.60%
National Grid (NG.) 1,082.00p 1.44%
British American Tobacco (BATS) 3,010.00p 1.18%
Severn Trent (SVT) 2,880.00p 1.02%
BT Group (BT.A) 179.95p 1.01%
British Land Company (BLND) 547.00p 1.00%
3i Group (III) 1,421.00p 0.96%
Land Securities Group (LAND) 784.80p 0.90%
Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY) 54.45p 0.89%
Hikma Pharmaceuticals (HIK) 2,077.00p 0.78%
FTSE 100 – Fallers
Royal Mail (RMG) 497.60p -5.44%
B&M European Value Retail S.A. (DI) (BME) 566.80p -4.99%
Evraz (EVR) 579.00p -4.20%
Ocado Group (OCDO) 1,456.00p -4.15%
Scottish Mortgage Inv Trust (SMT) 1,135.50p -3.81%
Antofagasta (ANTO) 1,391.00p -3.07%
Halma (HLMA) 2,697.00p -2.99%
Electrocomponents (ECM) 1,110.00p -2.97%
Kingfisher (KGF) 331.00p -2.93%
Polymetal International (POLY) 1,162.50p -2.92%