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Despite England’s success in the football on Wednesday night, Thursday became a torrid session for stocks, with the AIM Index slumping by more than 17 points to finish at 1247.98. There’s a range of factors in play here right now, depressing the mood for equities on a global basis.

  • Gemfields Group up 22%
  • Petrel Resources up 11%
  • Animalcare Group down 16%
  • John Lewis of Hungerford down 14%
  • Belluscura up 8%

It was a frantic day of trade for Gemfields Group [LON:GEM] which saw elevated volumes, driving the stock some 22% higher by the close. There is a relatively wide spread being quoted here of around 6%, but buying interest remains very much in evidence.

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Petrel Resources [LON:PET] also fared well, reaching the bell some 11% ahead. Again there’s a wide spread and the market cap is only a few million, but with brisk interest in the stock gains have certainly been delivered in the short term.

The biggest faller was Animalcare Group [LON:ANCR], off 16% after a major shareholder announced it was to sell down its stake at a 20% discount to market price in a secondary placing. The stock had made steady gains, rising around 100% over the last six months.

John Lewis of Hungerford [LON:JLH] saw yet more losses today, sitting some 14% lower by the bell. Monday’s jump higher remains unexplained, although an RNS published today did highlight stake building by one investor who now sits on a 8.9% holding.

A notable mention for Belluscura [LON:BELL], whose shares were sitting more than 8% higher by the closing bell. There has been a development in terms of US public health which it sees as providing a significant market opportunity for its portable oxygen generator technology, with investors clearly finding cause for optimism here.

This article is not investment advice. Investors should do their own research or consult a professional advisor.

Tony Cross

Tony Cross

Tony Cross is a market commentator with over 15 years of experience, producing compelling, insightful copy for journalists and investors alike. Focusing on macroeconomics, UK blue chip equities and inter market analysis, Cross's commentary is well regarded for its clarity and ability to cut through the waffle. He has been quoted in publications as diverse as The Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian and The Sun. He has also been a regular guest on both Share Radio and TipTV.

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