The FTSE 100 (FTSEINDICES:^FTSE) crept up another 0.7% in today's trading session to hit 6,090. This further rise comes despite fears that the U.S. Federal Reserve's "quantitative easing" program is approaching its end.
But even if the FTSE is still rising, there are always individual constituents of the various indexes that are not following suit. Here are three that are faltering today.
Anglo American (LSE:AAL) (NASDAQOTH:AAUKY)
Shares in Anglo American slipped today, losing 0.6% on the news that the FTSE 100 miner has agreed to sell its 70% interest in the Amapa iron ore operation in Brazil to Zamin Ferrous. The company tells us that after the acquisition of the stake in 2008 and its subsequent transformation of the operation's performance, it never had an intention to hold it for the long term.
The terms of the agreement are, apparently, confidential, and the deal is subject to regulatory approval.
Shipping services group Clarkson confirmed in a pre-close trading update that its performance is still in line the expectations set by the firm's Nov. 7 profit warning, which told us of falling freight rates and lower asset prices and led to a 9% fall in the share price.
The company's share price dropped 1.1% to 1,175 pence today, and with no revised forecasts since that warning, we really don't know what to expect when full-year results are released on March 7.
Asian Citrus (LSE:ACHL)
Shares in Asian Citrus fell 0.8% to 29.1 pence after it was revealed that Huge Market Investments has taken its holding to 6% after receiving 3 million new shares by way of scrip dividend, taking its total holding up to 73.7 million shares.
The Asian Citrus share price had a strong spell post-2009, climbing to 85 pence by the start of 2011, but it has since fallen steadily.
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