UK shares waver amid mining sell-off, Tesco and Whitbread make headway

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UK shares waver amid mining sell-off, Tesco and Whitbread make headway
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UK shares experienced mixed fortunes on Wednesday, as a decline in metal prices triggered a sell-off of mining stocks, leading to a 0.8% drop in the FTSE 100 . In contrast, Tesco (OTC: TSCDY ) and Whitbread (LON: WTB ) saw their stock prices rise, indicating resilience in the retail and hospitality sectors.

Tesco [LON:TSCO], the UK's leading retailer, saw its shares increase by 1.3% following an upward revision in profit guidance and a robust 13.5% increase in first-half core profit. The company also raised its full-year retail operating profit forecast to between £2.6 billion and £2.7 billion, signaling a continued decrease in food inflation. This positive outlook is reflected in Tesco's year-to-date stock performance, which has seen an approximate increase of 14%.

According to InvestingPro data, Tesco's market cap stands at 22.4B USD with a P/E ratio of 20.42, indicating a fairly valued stock. The company's revenue growth has been accelerating, with an increase of 11.28% in the last twelve months ending in Q2 2023. This aligns with one of the InvestingPro Tips highlighting Tesco's strong revenue growth. The company also has a strong free cash flow yield, another key factor identified by InvestingPro Tips, which suggests a high earnings quality.

CEO Ken Murphy conveyed optimism for the upcoming Christmas season, further buoying investor confidence in Tesco's prospects. InvestingPro Tips also highlight that Tesco's management has been aggressively buying back shares, a sign of confidence in the company's future performance.

Meanwhile, Whitbread [LON:WTB], despite experiencing share loss, announced plans to expand its Irish presence through an acquisition in Usher's Quay, Dublin 8. The move is intended to boost Premier Inn's Irish portfolio and strengthen its relationship with Warren Private and Greenleaf.

In related news, Integrated Airlines Group also saw its shares rise on Wednesday.

While the mining sector's performance placed pressure on the FTSE 100, these developments within Tesco and Whitbread underscore the dynamic nature of the UK stock market and the potential for certain sectors to thrive even amidst broader market challenges. For more insights like these, check out InvestingPro which offers numerous additional tips for investors.

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