Dixons (LSE: DXNS) and Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO) gain on results, but Anglo American (LSE: AAL) falls.
The FTSE 100 (UKX) fell back around 1% today, to end on 5,571 points. But that comes on top of a generally positive week, which benefited from some stronger-than-expected retail results.
There was plenty of individual share action too today, which ignores general index trends:
Following Home Retail (LSE: HOME), which has gained 10p since its Tuesday results, to 84p, Dixons Retail (LSE: DXNS) also jumped on results day, putting on 1p, or 6.3%, to close on 17p today, after its figures came in better than expected.
Software house Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO) had a good day, ending 27.3p (6%) up on 479p, on a good set of results.
Ashtead Group (LSE: AHT), also got a nice boost from its results, up 3.4p for a 1.4% rise to 254p.
Sirius Petroleum (LSE: SRSP) gained 7% to 3.4p on a development update, and Shanta Gold (LSE: SHG) is up 10% to 22.2p after the successful commissioning of a new plant.
Tiny digital TV company Motive Television (LSE: MTV) gained 16% to 0.11p after being granted a patent in Spain. If the patent is extended to the whole EU, and even the USA, the company could strike it rich.
Anglo American (LSE: AAL) lost 113p (5%) to 2,102p, due to general mining malaise. Other major miners also suffered, with BHP Billiton (LSE: BLT) losing 56p for a 3% fall to 1,819p, Xstrata (LSE: XTA) falling 29p, or 3%, to 841p, and Rio Tinto (LSE: RIO) down 95p (3%) to 3,000p.
Some smaller ones suffered badly, too. Aquarius Platinum (LSE: AQP) slumped by 6.5p (11%) to 53p after announcing the mothballing of one of its mines, and tantalum miner Noventa (LSE: NVTA) tumbled 30% to 2.9p due to financing worries.
New World Oil & Gas (LSE: NEW) dropped 7% to 11p, despite a positive update on its Blue Creek Project.
The Invensys (LSE: ISYS) slump stabilised during the day to end 45p down (17%), on 212p, after the firm confirmed takeover bid talks but announced they had failed. That came after yesterday's late afternoon spike.
Go-Ahead Group (LSE: GOG) lost 23p (2%) to 1,196p after the travel operator released a reasonable looking pre-close update -- such are the vagaries of the market.
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> Alan Oscroft does not own any share mentioned in this article.