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London’s benchmark closed just below the waterline after a choppy session on Wednesday, amid ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic - particularly in the United States - and as investors eyed the latest readings on the UK's housing and manufacturing sectors.
Life sciences company OptiBiotix Health announced on Wednesday that its wholly-owned subsidiary, ProBiotix Health, has entered into a non-exclusive distribution agreement with Actial Farmaceutica for the distribution of its ‘CholBiome’ and ‘CholBiome X3’ products, in four new territories in the Asia-Pacific region.
Gold and nickel exploration and development company Katoro Gold updated the market on its Blyvoor joint venture on Wednesday, in respect of the Blyvoor gold tailings project, reporting that the joint venture management and technical team would be conducting an “extensive” site visit on 1 and 2 July.
Fund manager Liontrust Asset Management has entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement with AXA subsidiary Architas, it announced on Wednesday, to purchase the entirety of Architas Multi-Manager (AMML) and Architas Advisory Services (AASL), for a total consideration of up to £75m.
Aquaculture generics, health and nutrition company Benchmark Holdings has completed the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary FVG, trading as ‘FishVet’, to Pharmaq, part of global animal health company Zoetis.
Europe-focussed exploration and development company Ariana Resources reported on Wednesday that Özaltin Holding, through its subsidiary Özaltin Insaat, Ticaret and Sanayi, has formally committed to proceeding with its acquisition of 53% of both the Salinbas Project and the Zenit Madencilik joint venture.
Africa-focussed minerals exploration company IronRidge Resources has completed the acquisition of all of the share capital of Capri Metals, giving it full ownership of a further, “highly prospective” gold exploration portfolio in Côte d'Ivoire.
Markets in Asia finished in a mixed state on Wednesday, as fresh economic data out of China beat expectations, but a survey in Japan showed sentiment among businesses there turning more sour.
Hammerson said it was continuing to focus on reinforcing its balance sheet on Wednesday, announcing that it has increased the headroom to its most sensitive covenant, and improved its liquidity position.
Germany-focused business park operator Sirius Real Estate said that a €20m (£18. 13m) drawdown on its unsecured Schuldschein loan was due on 3 July, giving it €123m of unrestricted cash and undrawn facilities.
Petropavlovsk announced the appointment of Dr Pavel Maslovskiy as its chief operating officer, and of Martin Smith as a non-executive director, with immediate effect on Wednesday.
Rio Tinto has added a new role to its executive committee, it announced on Wednesday, with Peter Toth becoming group executive of strategy and development.
Smith & Nephew said on Wednesday that it expects a second-quarter underlying revenue decline of around 29%.
London open The FTSE 100 is expected to open 24 points lower on Wednesday, having closed down 0. 9% at 6,169. 74 on Tuesday.
Wall Street stocks closed in positive territory on Tuesday - the final day of trading for June and the second quarter.