No Independence Day cheer for British isles travel and leisure shares


From midnight, legal guidelines necessitating masks to be worn in English stores and other indoor settings lapsed, together with capacity restrictions in bars and eating places, and policies limiting the range of folks who can socialise with each other.

The curbs ended even as Uk infections approached 50,000 a day and Primary Minister Boris Johnson was pressured into self-isolation right after wellness minister Sajid Javid analyzed good for COVID-19.

On Monday, the FTSE 350 travel and leisure index sank 3.6% to its cheapest given that Nov. 23 and corporations that could possibly have been predicted to reap the advantages of reopening were among the the day’s major losers.

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The moves display “buyers feel the reopening trade is now a dud”, reported AJ Bell analyst Russ Mould.

He was referring to the bets investors experienced placed on sectors these as hospitality, anticipating them to obtain from Britain’s blistering vaccination rate, which would enable individuals to journey, dine out and socialise prior to other European nations around the world.

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Shares in Restaurant Group, which operates outlets such as Wagamama and Frankie & Bennie’s, fell as much as 5.2% while Cineworld stocks were down around 10%.

“The airlines, restaurants and leisure companies may not get the strong summer trading they’ve long hoped for,” Mould added.

The sell-off coincides with a broader risk-off wave, with bond yields plumbing multi-month lows and world stocks facing their longest losing streak since the pandemic first hit. British losses weighed on euro zone counterparts, which fell 3.7%.

The British government argues that while 48,161 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded on Sunday, deaths and hospitalisations remain under control. But analysts drew parallels with last year when just before Christmas, Johnson announced a third national lockdown after initially wavering.

“The final removal of COVID restrictions (is) doing more to raise fears of a more pronounced outbreak than raise hopes around an economic boost,” said Joshua Mahony, senior market analyst at IG.

Data from investment bank Jefferies, based on its proprietary consumer behaviour gauges, showed UK retail and recreational mobility declining from June while cinema search interest too was down.

UK retail and recreation activity

AJ Bell’s Mould called it “a reality check”, as more Britons become infected or have to self-isolate. This is weighing heavily on hospitality firms, where 20% of staff are isolating, according to the Confederation of British Industry.

Jefferies said however it was positive on some leisure segments, suggesting Cineworld and The Restaurant Group as shares with potential upside. “Consumer re-engagement and pent-up demand” would still be supportive factors, it argued.

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(Reporting by Joice Alves Editing by Sujata Rao and Giles Elgood)

By Joice Alves

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