Aer Lingus (LSE: AERL), Healthcare Locums (LSE: HLO) and Blinkx (LSE: BLNX) all rise on good news.
Optimism from the G20, and hopes that the eurozone leaders are closer to a deal on European borrowing and banking rescues, helped support the FTSE 100 (UKX) this morning, and it hung on to the ground it has gained over the week. By midday the index was looking stable around the 5,595 mark, up just a few points on the day.
Longer-term movements in the FTSE will, of course, depend on how Europe puts its plans in to action, and whether the Spanish banking crisis gets any worse -- but at least for now, Spanish bond yields have dropped back a little, to just under 7%.
However, even with the uncertain economic background, individual shares can still rise following positive news. Here are three names from various FTSE indices that have soared today:
The airline that everyone loves to hate, Ryanair Holdings (LSE: RYA), was in the news today, as it is responsible for pushing up shares in Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus (LSE: AERL). How so? Well, it's all due to a takeover attempt, after Aer Lingus announced this morning that Ryanair intends to make a third offer for 100% of its share capital.
Aer Lingus shareholders were urged to do nothing at this point, but with the share price gaining a nice 13% boost to €1.05, there are clearly a lot of people expecting the bid to succeed. Ryanair shares, meanwhile, gained just 2 cents to €4.
Respite for Healthcare Locums
Healthcare Locums (LSE: HLO), which last year uncovered accounting irregularities in its books and was forced to add up all the sums again, has been facing legal action in the USA, brought by a number of American funds against the company and three of its directors.
But today we learned that the action is to be dropped by the plaintiffs, with no explanation for their change of heart given. The ending of the action, described by Healthcare Locums chairman Peter Sullivan as an "unwelcome distraction", gave the shares an early 20% boost, but the price has since dropped back to 3.75p for an 11% rise on the day.
Blinkx (LSE: BLNX) is an interesting little company. It has developed what people generally consider to be very smart video search software, and with the web being full of video content these days, there's clearly a market for it. Blinkx's technology is licensed from search wizard Autonomy, which was bought by Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ.US) last year.
There was good news today in the from of a new partnership. Blinkx has teamed up with news network Newsy, which provides multi-source, multi-platform video news, with the aim of matching context-sensitive advertising to Newsy's news output. The hard-pressed shares regained 3.5p, for an 8% rise to 41p.
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> Alan Oscroft does not own any shares mentioned in this article.