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FTSE 100 at the close: Land Securities, Ocado, IMI

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By Patrick Munnelly, Market Strategist, Tickmill

London stocks headed into Wednesday’s session close with a decline, driven by concerns over the prospect of higher interest rates persisting for an extended period.

Additionally, real estate shares faced a significant drop in value after Jefferies analysts raised concerns about the state of London’s office market, referring to it as being in a ‘rental recession.’

London’s office market facing a significant challenge

Jefferies analysts highlighted that London’s office market was facing a significant challenge, with volumes of vacant office space in key areas such as the West End, City, and Canary Wharf reaching a 30-year high.

In response to this outlook, Jefferies downgraded several real estate stocks, including Land Securities [LON:LAND] and British Land [LON:BLND], which saw their shares decline by 4.3% and 2.65% respectively following the downgrade.

The broader real estate index also faced a notable decline, falling by 1.4%.

This suggests that the concerns raised by Jefferies analysts regarding London’s office market and the potential for prolonged high interest rates were having a notable impact on the performance of real estate shares in London.

Sitting at the bottom of the blue chip index today is the ever volatile Ocado [LON:OCDO], even as the leading online grocer announced the opening of their Christmas delivery slots, investors shunned the stock as it shed 9.8%

On the positive side of today’s ledge sits IMI [LON:IMI] with a respectable 5.1% gain.

The company enjoys strong favour among institutional owners, with approximately 89% of the company’s ownership being held by these large and well-funded institutions. This high level of institutional ownership can have significant implications for the company and its stock. Institutional investors, such as pension funds, mutual funds, and hedge funds, typically manage large pools of capital, which allows them to make substantial investments in individual companies. Because of their extensive resources and liquidity, the investment decisions made by institutional owners often carry considerable influence in the financial markets.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 experienced a modest 0.07% decline, reflecting the cautious sentiment among investors.

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