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Plus500, TUI, William Hill and other recent news

Thursday 14 Feb 2019

Trading platform Plus500 ( PLUS ) lost nearly a third of its value earlier this week after issuing a major profit warning. Several companies in its peer group had already flagged up the impact from tighter regulation, particularly in their marketing to ordinary punters. Yet Plus500 had managed to...

Greggs is no longer good value as shares hit record high

Thursday 14 Feb 2019

Shares in food retailer Greggs ( GRG ) have hit an all-time high of £16.06, helped by a bullish trading update in January and investors keen to own a business on a roll. Management flagged ‘good sales momentum and operational execution’ at the start of 2019. Greggs offers appeal on both the growth...

The latest on the UK economy and rates as Brexit remains up in the air

Thursday 14 Feb 2019

As we write there seems little prospect of the fog of uncertainty created by Brexit clearing. This uncertainty appears to be the main culprit behind the UK economy contracting at the end of 2018 and against this backdrop investor expectations for an interest rate rise from the Bank of England any...

High street lenders to reveal mixed fortunes

Thursday 14 Feb 2019

Britain’s big three high-street lenders are due to update the market on full year trading this month with Royal Bank of Scotland ( RBS ) first to report on 15 February. Expectations are high with analysts forecasting a doubling of net earnings from £752m in 2017 to £1.58bn in 2018 according to...

Impressive decade of returns from Computacenter

Thursday 07 Feb 2019

C omputacenter ( CCC ) has the best total return track record of any UK-listed technology company from the past decade, according to investment bank Stifel. While the share price has been no slouch over the last decade it is the FTSE 250 company’s consistent dividends, both ordinary and special...

Metro Bank, Indivior, TalkTalk and other news

Thursday 07 Feb 2019

Shareholders in Metro Bank ( MTRO ) could be forgiven for thinking they had unwittingly booked tickets on the Oblivion vertical-drop ride at Alton Towers. On 23 January the shares collapsed 39% to £13.45 as the company missed its profit target and chief executive Craig Donaldson confessed it had...

Funds to be forced to improve the quality of information for consumers

Thursday 07 Feb 2019

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), a regulator, has published its second set of rules for asset managers to improve the quality of information they give to consumers and cut out the jargon. The new rules set out how fund managers should describe clearly the objectives and investment policies of...

DWF set to be the largest UK-quoted law firm

Thursday 07 Feb 2019

Legal services firm DWF has confirmed plans to join the London stock market in what could be the largest legal services flotation. The firm first announced last June that it was interested in an IPO (initial public offering). Media reports speculate DWF will be valued at around £700m or 15 times...

Dam disaster triggers spike in iron ore prices

Thursday 07 Feb 2019

Iron ore prices have risen by 15% since a dam collapsed at one of Vale’s iron ore mines in Brazil on 25 January. The Brazilian company will halt 40m tonnes of production, equal to 10% of its annual production, in order to decommission dams similar to the one that burst. That has prompted some...

Ocado, M&S, Fuller’s and other recent news

Thursday 31 Jan 2019

Sometimes press speculation can move share prices in the absence of an official announcement from a company or companies. That proved to be the case on 28 January when shares in retailer Marks & Spencer ( MKS ) and online groceries play Ocado ( OCDO ) advanced on reports of a tie-up between the...

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