LONDON -- The FTSE 100 (FTSEINDICES:^FTSE) is climbing ever higher, finishing today up 0.4% to 5,962 points. That's just 27 points from its 52-week high of 5,989 points, so a new record this week might still be on -- just in time to make a nice Christmas present.
There hasn't been much movement among the U.K.'s biggest shares today, but some constituents of the various indexes have been falling. Here are three whose shares that slipped today.
Bunzl is down 4.3% after the outsourcing firm released its pre-close update, telling us that things are going as expected and that it is sticking to its earlier guidance. Revenue at a constant exchange rate is expected to be up 6%, with underlying revenue rising 2.5%.
The company also announced two new acquisitions: McCordick Glove and Atlas Health Care, bringing the year's total to nine. Some of the group's debt has been refinanced, too.
Balfour Beatty (LSE:BBY)
Balfour Beatty shares dropped 1.2% to 268 pence after the infrastructure firm announced two new gas contracts with National Grid valued at 1.2 billion pounds. The contracts, related to the ongoing installation of polyethylene gas mains, might have been expected to give the share price a boost.
But Balfour Beatty has not been in favor with investors since the firm's early November profit warning due to weakness in both its U.K. and U.S. markets. The latest City forecasts since that profit warning put the shares on a price-to-earnings ratio of only eight, so recovery investors might be interested.
Pan African (LSE:PAF)
Pan African Resources fell 2.7% after updating us on its new rights offer. A little more than 370 million new shares were admitted to AIM this morning. The shares climbed impressively when the new issue was first announced in mid-November but have fallen back since the details were published on Dec. 3.
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