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ASOS to strut its stuff

Thursday 06 Jul 2017

13 July While UK consumers are pulling in their horns, web-based fashion seller ASOS’ ( ASC:AIM ) third quarter trading update (13 Jul) could confirm continuing strong growth in all global regions. Increasing its differentiation in the rapidly growing online retail channel and benefiting from a...

Focus on volume and price for Persimmon

Thursday 29 Jun 2017

Wednesday 5 July Investors will be looking for the 5 July trading update from housebuilder Persimmon ( PSON ) to match the positive momentum seen by many of its peers of late. Key metrics to watch include the volume of completions, forward sales and the average selling price of its homes. Also...

Can SQS turn growth taps on again?

Thursday 29 Jun 2017

Monday 3 July IT systems and applications testing business SQS Software Quality Systems ( SQS:AIM ) saw limited organic revenue growth last year and battled pressure on its managed services business. Some of that can be blamed on a lack of customer commitment to new contracts. Past three to five...

Check in on Booker

Thursday 29 Jun 2017

Wednesday 5 July Cash and carry and foodservice provider Booker’s ( BOK ) takeover by Tesco ( TSCO ) is being pored over by the UK Competition & Markets Authority (CMA). As such, Booker’s investment thesis is all about the merger, though the forthcoming first quarter trading update (5 Jul)...

Market will focus on Blue Prism growth

Thursday 22 Jun 2017

Tuesday 27 June Expect massive losses but also substantial growth from Blue Prism’s ( PRSM:AIM ) half year results on 27 June. Last year the robotic automation process technology designer did a little more than 40% of its £9.6m full year revenue in the first six months, implying about £8m sales in...

Cracking update expected from IG Design

Thursday 22 Jun 2017

Tuesday 27 June As foreshadowed in a March trading update, gift wrap, Christmas crackers and stationery products maker IG Design’s ( IGR:AIM ) full year results (27 Jun) will show sales topping £300m for the first time and a cracking cash performance. Expect a positive update on IG Design’s global...

Polar Capital looking to extend its run

Thursday 22 Jun 2017

Tuesday 27 June Polar Capital ( POLR ) is releasing its final results on 27 June and will be hoping to keep up with its peers in the sector. Fellow asset manager Liontrust ( LIO ) released its results on 15 June and smashed the expectations of analysts. Will Polar be able to do the same? The firm’s...

Taking temperature of Tesco turnaround

Thursday 15 Jun 2017

Fri day 16 June A first quarter trading update (16 Jun) from Tesco ( TSCO ) gives investors an opportunity to assess CEO Dave Lewis’ turnaround. The grocery titan’s full year results (12 Apr) revealed UK like-for-like sales up 0.9%, the first reported annual growth for seven years. Tesco, whose...

Can Chemring keep up the running?

Thursday 15 Jun 2017

Thursday 22 June Defence company Chemring ( CHG ) is posting its interim results on 22 June and investors will be hoping that this military technology provider can keep its momentum going since posting strong results in January. The firm posted a whopping 45% increase in underlying earnings per...

Will CareTech hike fees?

Thursday 15 Jun 2017

Monday 19 June Social care services provider CareTech ( CTH:AIM ) has had a strong share price run this year, having bounced back from weakness in March as the company underwent fee discussions with local authorities. On 19 June, the company will report half-year results that should reveal if its...

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