Banks, miners lead FTSE rebound; BoE holds rates

* FTSE up 0.9 pct, BoE hold interest rates at record low

* Banks rally, helped by Europe comments

* Retailers fall on downbeat comments

By David Brett

LONDON, Sept 9 (BestGrowthStock) – Bullish comments on the European
recovery helped Britain’s top shares rebounded on Thursday as
investors bought such cyclical stocks as banks and commodities,
while the Bank of England held interest rates at a record low.

By 1117 GMT, the FTSE 100 (.FTSE: ) was up 47.00 points, or
0.9 percent at 5,476.74, having bounced off the session low of

There was more upbeat sentiment emanating from Europe, where
concerns have grown in recent days over the health of the
continent’s recovery, which has been hampering banks
(.FTNMX8350: ).

The euro zone is on the brink of a sustainable recovery and
the European Central Bank is likely to discuss removing some
support measures at its December meeting, Governing Council
member Yves Mersch said.

Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.L: ) rose 2.5 percent after
agreeing to sell its stake in housebuilder Crest Nicholson to
U.S. investment company Varde. It was also helped by an upgrade
by Barclays Capital.

The Bank of England kept interest rates at 0.5 percent for
the 18th month in a row and announced no new quantitative easing
purchases, in a widely expected decision. [ID:nLAC005760]

“Both the U.S. Federal Reserve and the BoE would not be
prepared to tolerate any loss of momentum in their respective
economies,” said Mike Lenhoff, chief strategist at Brewin
Dolphin, commenting on the likelihood of the BoE extending its
quantitative easing programme.

He added there had been a turn in sentiment in the market
after more positive newsflow from the United States, which has
seen investors reappraise their view of the economic backdrop
and take a more bullish stance.

The FTSE has gained 7.2 percent since August 25.

Energy (.FTNMX0530: ) and mining stocks (.FTNMX1770: ) rallied
after some early weakness, following a sell-off overnight in
China, as risk appetite returned among investors.

There was a little bit of short-term weakness this morning
on the Chinese news,” Jimmy Yates, head of Equities at CMC

“There’s a feeling the miners are undervalued on concerns
about the Australian mining tax, which had weighed on it a
little bit.”

ARM Holdings (ARM.L: ) added 5.9 percent after it unveiled a
new low-power processor for next-generation smartphones, mobile
computing, servers and wireless networking. [ID:nLDE6880GL]

Wall Street pointed to a higher open on Thursday, shrugging
off late session weakness on Wednesday, ahead of U.S. weekly
jobless data and July trade figures.

Home Retail (HOME.L: ) shed 3.3 after it lowered guidance for
full-year profit, while Wm Morrison Supermarkets (MRW.L: ),
Britain’s fourth-biggest grocer, fell 0.7 percent after saying
it expects its markets to remain this year.

British music, books and games retailer HMV Group (HMV.L: )
plunged 10.9 percent after reporting a worse-than-expected
plunge in first-quarter sales, and Game Group (GMG.L: ), the video
games retailer, dropped 5.3 percent in sympathy.

Britain’s goods trade deficit with the rest of the world
unexpectedly widened to a record high in July, data showed.
(Additional reporting by Simon Jessop; Editing by Karen Foster)

Banks, miners lead FTSE rebound; BoE holds rates