FTSE 250 movers: Virgin Money climbs, Hill & Smith dips
London's FTSE 250 was 0.71% higher at 20,853.73 in afternoon trade on Friday, with Virgin Money UK leading the index upward.
Hammerson followed close behind as it received planning approval for 107 new apartments at its part owned development at Dundrum Town Centre in Dublin.
Marks & Spencer was higher after an upgrade to ‘neutral’ at JPMorgan, with analysts slating the high-street stalwart for a strong festive trading period and praising its attempts to attract family shoppers.
Aston Martin Lagonda rose for the second consecutive session following a report on Thursday that claimed Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll - father of Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll - was preparing to bid for a major stake in the luxury car maker.
Kaz Minerals climbed as miners were generally pushed higher by Sino-US optimism, while homeware retailer Dunelm was also in the green after analysts at HSBC hiked the stock's price target from 800.0p to 920.0p.
Down at the other end of the index, Hill & Smith Holdings led the fallers and oilfield services provider Petrofac edged lower after being hit by a downgrade to ‘hold’ at Jefferies.
FTSE 250 (MCX) 20,853.73 0.71%
FTSE 250 - Risers
Virgin Money UK (VMUK) 174.75p 5.08%
Hammerson (HMSO) 309.40p 3.51%
Marks & Spencer Group (MKS) 199.95p 3.49%
Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings (AML) 615.20p 3.46%
Network International Holdings (NETW) 591.00p 3.14%
Riverstone Energy Limited (RSE) 416.00p 3.10%
Kaz Minerals (KAZ) 489.00p 2.99%
Paragon Banking Group (PAG) 504.00p 2.69%
Dunelm Group (DNLM) 1,020.00p 2.51%
Sports Direct International (SPD) 352.00p 2.44%
FTSE 250 - Fallers
Hill & Smith Holdings (HILS) 1,316.00p -2.59%
Centamin (DI) (CEY) 116.70p -2.22%
Go-Ahead Group (GOG) 2,028.00p -1.65%
888 Holdings (888) 156.40p -1.57%
BMO Commercial Property Trust Limited (BCPT) 113.40p -1.56%
UK Commercial Property Reit Limited (UKCM) 83.80p -1.53%
Cairn Energy (CNE) 177.50p -1.50%
Quilter (QLT) 148.40p -1.49%
Softcat (SCT) 1,090.00p -1.27%
Petrofac Ltd. (PFC) 385.40p -1.10%