magazine archive

magazine archive

Week Ahead

Vetting the recovery at Pets at Home

Thursday 23 Nov 2017

Investors will be looking for further signs of stability in the retail business and progress from its fast-growing veterinary business when UK pet specialist Pets at Home ( PETS ) posts half year results on 28 November. Sentiment towards Pets at Home has been hit by worries over competition and...

Low expectations for AO World results

Thursday 16 Nov 2017

Electrical goods retailer AO World (AO. ) will issue half year results on 21 November, the first time it has commented on trading since July. There are low expectations given how the share price has steadily fallen this year, now down 42% year-to-date amid tough trading conditions in the retail...

Has Thomas Cook been adversely affected by this year's hurricane season?

Thursday 16 Nov 2017

Investors should scan travel agent Thomas Cook’s ( TCG ) full year results on Wednesday 22 November to find out the full impact of Hurricane Irma on performance. Earlier this year, the company warned that September was operationally challenging as it helped customers affected by bad weather in the...

Burberry’s new beginning

Thursday 09 Nov 2017

Investors in luxury goods leader Burberry ( BRBY ) have been rocked by news that chief creative officer Christopher Bailey will leave the company at the end of 2018, having been recently been replaced as CEO by Marco Gobbetti. Half year results on 9 November will mark the first official appearance...

TalkTalk’s mountain to climb

Thursday 09 Nov 2017

In the face of virtual saturation of telecoms and broadband in the UK, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to see the levers TalkTalk ( TALK ) can pull to drive profitable earnings growth. Flat forecast dividends and limited hope of a buyer emerging paint a bleak picture considering half year...

SuperGroup trading update ahead of name change

Thursday 02 Nov 2017

Clothing retailer SuperGroup ( SGP ) will publish a first quarter trading update on 9 November. This follows a recent strategy update where the Cheltenham-based firm said it was ‘more excited today than we have ever been before’ about the future of the business. Shareholders should note that the...

Can Auto Trader improve profitability?

Thursday 02 Nov 2017

Look for an update on margin performance when online second-hand car marketplace Auto Trader ( AUTO ) reports its first half results (9 Nov). In the year to 31 March 2017, the company increased its underlying operating profit margin by six percentage points to 67%. Analysts at investment bank...

Third quarter update is very important for Next

Thursday 26 Oct 2017

Clothing and homeware colossus Next’s ( NXT ) third quarter update on 1 November will be pored over by analysts and investors for guidance on how improved ranges are performing. Chief executive Simon Wolfson’s consumer outlook commentary will also be closely watched. Alongside half year results (14...

Three of the largest London-listed banks to update on trading

Thursday 26 Oct 2017

A trio of the UK’s largest banks are releasing quarterly results over the next week, starting with Barclays ( BARC ) today (26 October), Royal Bank of Scotland ( RBS ) on 27 October and HSBC ( HSBA ) on 30 October. All the banks are faced with the prospect of UK interest rate hikes which should be...

Lloyds set to issue third quarter trading update

Thursday 19 Oct 2017

Mortgages-to-current account provider Lloyds ( LLOY ) will issue a third quarter trading statement on 25 October. Investors will no doubt hope for a continuation of the positive trading seen at half year results (27 Jul) where Lloyds reported an 8% increase in underlying profit to £4.5bn. Investors...