Invensys jumps, Thomas Cook Travel falls in London

| May 14, 2009 | 0 Comments
Invensys jumps, Thomas Cook Travel falls in London

Most European equities markets were higher Thursday.

In London, the FTSE 100 was up 0.72 percent to 4,362.58 while the FTSE 250 added 0.78 percent to 7,428.77.

Engineering group Invensys (LSE: ISYS) had the best day on the 100 with a gain of 13.25 percent, while travel specialist Thomas Cook Group (LSE: TCG) turned in the worst performance on the index as it dropped 7.31 percent.

The FTSE Eurofirst 300 was up 0.45 percent to 835.46 while the CAC-40 added 0.11 percent to 3,156.29 and the Dax gained 0.23 percent to 4,738.47 but the IBEX was 0.18 percent lower to 8,984.2.

Markets in the Asia-Pacific region were lower on the session.

In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 was down 2.64 percent to 9,093.73 while the Topix index fell 2.94 percent to 862.66 and the Mothers market dropped 1.29 percent to 352.17.

Elsewhere in the region, the Shanghai Composite was 0.9 percent lower to 2,639.89 while the Sensex was down 1.22 percent to 11,872.91, the Taiex fell 1.87 percent to 6,364.17, the Kospi dropped 2.37 percent to 1,380.95, the Straits Times Index was down 2.89 percent to 2,122.11 and the Hang Seng was 3.04 percent lower to 16,541.69.

The region’s biggest declines came in Australian markets, where the Sydney Ordinaries dropped 3.43 percent to 3,710.8 and the S&P/ASX200 fell 3.44 percent to 3,723.4.

In midday trade in New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.87 percent to 8,356.81 while the Nasdaq Composite had added 1.73 percent to 1,693.01 and the S&P 500 had gained 1.27 percent to 895.12.

Crude oil prices were lower on more predictions of contracting consumption, while metals prices were mixed and grains prices were higher.

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