Taking Stock

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Optoplast, supplying optical and sunglass cases and a range of jewellery boxes, made a successful debut. Placed at 128p by stockbroker Williams de Broe the shares went to 142p. The company is thought to have 50 per cent of the optical case market, selling to the five big optician chains.

Langdons Foods, the struggling tea and coffee group, held at 1.75p as non executive director Stephen Barclay sold his 4.2m shares at 1.75p. Last week Plantation & General sold 24m shares (11 per cent). It still has 11.5 per cent.

Bickerton, a builder and property developer, held at 40p - its March flotation price. Stockbroker Teather & Greenwood sees this year's profits rising from pounds 232,000 to pounds 800,000 and then hitting pounds 1.3m.