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July 17, 2009

Aquarius Platinum up 8 percent


by Elaine Frei
Aquarius Platinum up 8 percent

European equities markets were higher again Friday.

The FTSE 100 was 0.62 percent higher to 4,388.75 in London, while the FTSE 250 added 0.35 percent to 7,580.66.

Miners remained in focus as metals prices advanced, with all five top winners on the 100 and the top winner on the 250 coming from the mining sector.

Aquarius Platinum (LSE: AQP) led both the 250 and the mining sector as it added 8.17 percent, while Eurasian Natural Resources (LSE: ENRC) was up 5.76 percent to lead the 100.

The FTSE Eurofirst 300 was up 0.49 percent to 871.05 while the Dax added 0.43 percent to 4,978.4, the IBEX was 0.44 percent higher to 10,041.9 and the CAC-40 gained 0.59 percent to 3,218.46.

Markets in the Asia-Pacific region were up on the session, although the Jakarta Composite dropped 0.55 percent after two hotels were bombed there.

In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.55 percent to 9,395.32 while the Topix index was up 0.69 percent to 878.29 and the Mothers market gained 2.73 percent to 433.23.

Tokyo’s markets will be closed Monday for a public holiday.

In Australia, the Sydney Ordinaries and S&P/ASX200 each added 0.13 percent, to 3,992.9 and 4,000.8 respectively, while the Shanghai Composite was up 0.19 percent to 3,189.74, the Kospi was 0.55 percent higher to 1,440.1, the Taiex gained 1.04 percent to 6,850.99, the Straits Times Index added 1.25 percent to 2,430.96, the Hang Seng was up 2.42 percent to 18,805.66 and the Sensex gained 3.47 percent to 14,744.92.

New York markets were mixed in early afternoon trade as the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.16 percent to 8,725.95 and nearly 1:30 p.m., while at the same time the Nasdaq Composite was down 0.09 percent to 1,883.38 and the S&P 500 had dropped 0.17 percent to 939.13.

Crude oil and metals prices were higher, helped by new home construction data from the US, while grains prices were mixed.

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