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Another difficult session for London’s junior market saw the AIM Index shed another 12 points, reaching the closing bell at 1207.25.

  • Universe Group +119%
  • Borders & Southern Petroleum +35%
  • ValiRx +8%
  • Roebuck Food Group -94%
  • Harland & Wolff -31%

Retail management solutions developer Universe Group [LON:UNG] saw its shares surge 119% on Tuesday following news that Information Systems Limited had made a firm offer for the company, which has been recommended by the board.  The stock made it onto our radar last week following a contract win, but today’s gains take the share price back to multi-year highs.

Borders & Southern Petroleum [LON:BOR] also had a good day, with the stock finding itself in second place some 35% higher at the bell. There is however no news out and trade in the £4m company was comparatively limited. Shares were pressured earlier in the month so this helps recover some of those losses.

A notable mention for ValiRx [LON:VAL] whose shares added an eye catching 8% today. The stock had been making steady gains through the autumn before that big shake out at the start of November as some investors showed their dislike for a licensing agreement. Is this a sign that bargain hunters are starting to move back in?

Oh dear. Roebuck Food Group [LON:RFG] found itself – at least technically – at the foot of the board today, but a bit of digging shows the colossal 94% drop in share price can be explained by the £1.66 per share capital return which shareholders have benefitted from today. The company was until yesterday known as Nourish plc.

Another big faller was Harland & Wolff [LON:HARL], which until recently was known as Infrastrata. Shares tumbled 31% off the back of a cap raise, but the decline is arguably close to fully accounted for by the dilution effect. The company should be well placed to benefit from levelling up initiatives, along with the push for more renewable energy. One to watch.

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Please note this article does not constitute investment advice. Investors are encouraged to do their own research beforehand 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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