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Chief Executive of Royal Mail, Moya Greene said she believes the government priced Royal Mail shares correctly, and dismissed claims that the taxpayer has lost out through the privatisation of the 500-year body. Speaking to Consumer Editor Chris Choi, she said:
"I think the Secretary of State for Business has called that one properly."
Dave Ward, deputy secretary of the Communication Workers Union, said the continued inflation of Royal Mail shares show the 500-year-old institution was sold on the cheap, with the taxpayer losing "over a £1 billion" to the "government's city mates."
Ahead of the result of tomorrow's ballot for strike action, he said:
"The Royal Mail share price has soared further today, bringing more proof that the company was undervalued by the Government's City mates.
"The taxpayer has lost over £1 billion already in this bungled fire sale of a cherished national institution. Postal workers cannot trade their shares for three years and they are far more concerned about their jobs than the share price."
Royal Mail chief executive Moya Greene opened trading at the London Stock Exchange this morning, accompanied by Business Minister Michael Fallon and Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander.
While shares have been trading informally since Friday when conditional trading began, today is the first day of unconditional dealing in Royal Mail stock.
Shares gained another 15p or 3%, making then almost 50% more valuable than the government's price tag last week.
Large investors who had their bids to buy a large stake (more than £10K) in Royal Mail rejected by the government have been left confused and disappointed, according to sales trader from IG.
Will Hedden said the government's strategy could prove risky should they need these same investors to buy large stakes in RBS and Lloyds.
There has been a flurry of activity on the London Stock Exchange this morning, as trading on Royal Mail shares officially opened.
The majority of the trades are by small investors - those who received £750 worth of shares, which translated to 227 shares at 330 pence each.
Sales trader Will Hedden from IG explains the majority of those selling are known as "227's".
Royal Mail shares have started trading officially on the London Stock Exchange, following last week's conditional trading.
This morning shares have reached highs of 478 pence, despite being valued by the government at 330 pence last week.
The shares have now soared to more than 40% of the value set by the government.
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Shares in Royal Mail soared again this morning as trading started making them almost 50% more valuable than the government's price tag.
Within five minutes of Royal Mail being officially listed on the London Stock Exchange over a million shares had been traded.