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Britain's FTSE steady as miners outweigh GKN, Babcock gains

Tue 28th February, 2017 10:17am
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    * FTSE 100 flat 
    * Miners weigh as metals prices slip 
    * GKN leads FTSE after results 
    * Defence companies lead 
    * Mid-caps Meggitt, IWG top STOXX gainers 
    * Go-Ahead Group slumps on GTR rail concerns 
    By Helen Reid 
    LONDON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Britain's main share index edged 
up on Tuesday, despite being weighed by mining stocks and wealth 
manager St James Place. 
    The FTSE  .FTSE  was 0.1 percent higher, as gains by GKN and 
Pearson outweighed losses from basic resources stocks. 
    Engineering group GKN  GKN.L  was top of the FTSE after it 
reported a 12 percent rise in profit for 2016, and sales up 22 
percent, ahead of forecasts.*:nL5N1GD1QP 
    Education services giant Pearson  PSON.L  was a top gainer, 
up 3.2 percent. The company posted results on Friday, promising 
to further cut costs.  
    "We see this as a false hope," said Liberum analysts, who 
rate the stock a 'sell'. "The shares are not factoring in the 
structural risks from what seems like a similar story to what 
happened in other challenged sectors such as newspapers." 
    Babcock Intl  BAB.L , the engineering support and 
outsourcing company whose biggest client is Britain's Ministry 
of Defence, was a top gainer after saying it remained on track 
to achieve its full-year targets, and had a 30.8 billion pound 
    Wealth manager St James Place  SJP.L  was a top faller, 
after it posted higher costs weighing on cash earnings, and said 
Chief Executive David Bellamy would step down at the end of the 
year, to be replaced by current Chief Financial Officer Andrew 
    "We view the internal hand over as being the best possible 
result for SJP," said Panmure Gordon analyst Barrie Cornes in a 
    Miners were top fallers, tracking the pan-European basic 
resources index  .SXPP  lower. Randgold Resources, Fresnillo, 
BHP Billiton, Anglo American and Rio Tinto were all down 1.2 to 
2.9 percent.  
    Metals prices had slipped as investors took profit ahead of 
U.S. President Donald Trump's speech on Tuesday.*:nL3N1GD1EB 
    Fresnillo  FRES.L  reported a six-fold increase in profit 
for 2016 on higher commodities prices and a weak Mexican peso.*:nL3N1GD2YF 
    "The move to a net cash position prompted a larger than 
expected final dividend of USc21.5/share," said UBS analysts. 
"In our view FRES operational performance is improving and we 
like its low cost core assets and industry leading growth 
    Retailers Marks & Spencer's and Next were among top gainers, 
up 1.8 percent. Jefferies analysts upgraded M&S from 
'underperform' to 'buy', saying it has closed the gap with Next 
for quality of website content. 
    British mid-caps bookended the pan-European index as well, 
with aerospace engineer Meggitt top gainer and Moneysupermarket 
the top faller.  
    Defence equipment company Meggitt  MGGT.L , a peer of GKN, 
was up 10.7 percent and headed for its best daily gains in a 
year after it posted a 13 percent rise in profit for 2016.  
    Transport operator Go-Ahead Group  GOG.L  was the top faller 
on the mid-cap index, down 13.8 percent and set for its worst 
day in 8 1/2 months after the company cut its full-year 
expectations due to its GTR rail franchise, which had been beset 
by strikes.  
    "We expect consensus estimates to come under pressure, and 
the uncertainty surrounding GTR is likely to also weigh on the 
shares," said Liberum analysts. 
 (Reporting by Helen Reid; Editing by Janet Lawrence) 
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