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Insurers see shares go up amid possible major sale

Insurers see shares go up amid possible major sale | Insurance Business UK

Insurers see shares go up amid possible major sale
Closely following stocks is like watching paint dry, until something big happens – or someone talks about something big possibly happening.

Overall, London stocks ended higher on Monday; as for insurance share prices, it seemed like a field day with rises left and right.

Here’s how things went down – or rather up – as reported by the Daily Mail:
  • Direct Line, 0.7%
  • Admiral, 2.2%
  • RSA Insurance Group, 1.6%
  • AA, 2.2%
Even embattled AA saw its shares rise sharply. The biggest mover though was the cause of it all – esure, which closed up 5.8% in the FTSE 250. At one point it was up more than 6%.

A report published by the London Stock Exchange said esure was the best performer in the midcap index. The motor and home insurer has founder Peter Wood – and his reported talks with potential buyers – to thank.

According to the Sunday Times, Wood has been talking to rivals to see whether they’re interested in his controlling 30.7% stake in esure. Essentially that would mean a takeover of the entire business, which has a £1.1 billion market capitalisation.

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