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Much for Marks & Spencer still to do

Thursday 17 May 2018

Given bleak high street conditions and the market share gains being secured by online pure-play retailers, expectations are subdued ahead of Marks & Spencer’s ( MKS ) full year results (23 May). Investors will be looking to see if the changes by CEO Steve Rowe, supported by non-executive...

Has Babcock kept up its recovery momentum?

Thursday 17 May 2018

Engineering support services company Babcock ( BAB ) buoyed its investors with an upbeat trading update in February. Will this positive sentiment be maintained when it releases full year results on 23 May? In February the company said both earnings and cash conversion would be in line with guidance...

Liberty cable deal adds spice to Vodafone results

Thursday 10 May 2018

Expect typically complex full year figures from Vodafone ( VOD ) on 15 May, with modest growth outside the UK and details on cost cutting dictating the market mood. The results follow a recent deal by Vodafone to buy Liberty Global's operations in Germany, the Czech Republic and Romania for an...

Will Patisserie deliver sweet trading?

Thursday 10 May 2018

It has been six months since fancy cakes seller Patisserie ( CAKE:AIM ) reported on trading and investors will be keen to see if its performance has come under pressure amid a difficult consumer backdrop. The market looks to be expecting good news when the Patisserie Valerie owner reports its half-...

Are UK REIT discounts justified?

Thursday 10 May 2018

A pair of the UK’s largest real estate investment trusts (REITs) are poised to report full year earnings: Land Securities ( LAND ) on 15 May and British Land ( BLND ) on 17 May. Look for an update on the valuation of their respective portfolios as both stocks currently trade at material discounts...

Can TUI continue its decent progress?

Thursday 03 May 2018

Tour operator TUI ( TUI ) in February reported a good start to its new financial year with notable growth in its ‘Holiday Experiences’, which refers to its hotels and cruise business. It also guided for at least 10% underlying EBITA (earnings before interest, tax and amortisation) growth in the...

BT might be ready to sacrifice dividend growth

Thursday 03 May 2018

No prizes for guessing that BT’s ( BT.A ) dividend plans will have a large bearing on how full year results go down with investors on 10 May. Growth and the triennial pension fund assessment will also be in focus. Some analysts reckon a shock payout cap or cut could be on the cards as BT looks for...

Get ready for next UK interest rate decision

Thursday 03 May 2018

Weak first quarter GDP number is seen as reducing the prospects of an interest rate hike when the Bank of England meets on 10 May. Earlier in the year there had been hints that the Bank’s chief Mark Carney and his colleagues might increase rates for the second time in more than a decade. ‹ Previous...

Sorrell fall-out likely to dominate WPP update

Thursday 26 Apr 2018

A first quarter update on 30 April from WPP ( WPP ) is likely to be overshadowed by the continuing fall-out from the resignation of chief executive and founder Martin Sorrell. Management are likely to be quizzed both on the succession issue and the future strategy of the group, and whether this...

Troubled banks release first quarter results

Thursday 26 Apr 2018

Two of the UK’s largest banks, Barclays ( BARC ) and Royal Bank of Scotland ( RBS ) are releasing their first quarter results on 26 April and 27 April respectively. Barclays is on somewhat of a roll, having restored its dividend payout after slashing it in 2016. The bank has also settled with the...

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