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Apple v Samsung – battle of the smartphone makers
Apple v Samsung – battle of the smartphone makers
Source: BloombergApple October to December marks the first quarter of Apple financial year. It has historically been the best of the four quarters for Apple, as consumers rush to buy the new generation of iPhones which are announced in September, and arrive in the shops in October and November. ...
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Earnings look ahead – Sports Direct, Petrofac, Ocado
Earnings look ahead – Sports Direct, Petrofac, Ocado
Source: BloombergSports Direct (first half results 14 December) The controversial firm is unable to stay out of the spotlight, as recent stories regarding workers’ pay, and plans to pay out £11 million to Mike Ashley’s brother attest. A recent trading update points to a rise in earnings that is ...
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Are the FANGs still the place to be?
Are the FANGs still the place to be?
Source: BloombergThe recent pullback in tech stocks, modest though it was, undoubtedly worried some that the great rally in the sector was over and done with. US tax reform was the topic of the day, and it was feared that the big names, such as Apple and Facebook, (many with large overseas cash ...
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Earnings look ahead – Berkeley Group, Mulberry, Carillion
Earnings look ahead – Berkeley Group, Mulberry, Carillion
Source: BloombergBerkeley Group (first-half earnings 8 December) Berkeley's position as a builder of luxury homes means that it has seen its demand take a hit in the wake of the EU referendum, as concerns over the attractiveness of London as a financial centre rose. However, those concerns seem ...
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Just Eat joins the big league
Just Eat joins the big league
Source: BloombergThe FTSE 100 is an index dominated by mining, oil and finance firms, which together make up a significant proportion of the weighting, and thus have the biggest impact on daily movements. However, there is a broad range of firms, including utilities, retailers and housebuilders....
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Earnings look ahead – Pennon, RPC, ZPG
Earnings look ahead – Pennon, RPC, ZPG
Source: BloombergPennon (first half earnings 29 November) The value of utilities as safe stocks has taken something of a battering after Centrica's warning last week, when the shares dropped 15.00%. However, water firm Pennon is still expected to maintain its growth, with expectations of 2.00% t...
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Earnings look ahead – William Hill, easyJet, Thomas Cook
Earnings look ahead – William Hill, easyJet, Thomas Cook
Source: BloombergWilliam Hill (trading update 20 November) Recent broker upgrades have lifted William Hill, with the positive commentary coming even as the government consultation on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) looms over the sector. Bank of America Merrill Lynch said recently that it d...
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Earnings look ahead – Vodafone, British Land, Taylor Wimpey
Earnings look ahead – Vodafone, British Land, Taylor Wimpey
Source: BloombergVodafone (first-half earnings 14 November) Good customer growth suggests that the market may be understating the potential of higher earnings. Earnings were up 17.00% in the last full year, with a steady expansion of market share suggesting more good times to come. The current w...
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Miners look good as metal prices rise
Miners look good as metal prices rise
00006000 Recent strength in iron ore prices should remain supportive of mining stocks, as we look towards the end of the year. The Chinese government seems to have imposed cuts on production on steel mills, amid pollution concerns, which has in turn boosted steel prices and then iron ore as...
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Earnings look ahead – Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, AstraZeneca
Earnings look ahead – Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, AstraZeneca
Source: BloombergMarks & Spencer (first half earnings 8 November) It has not been an easy time for retailers, with Next last week giving everyone a fright. Marks & Spencer (M&S) suffered in the read across, and with its clothing line still not able to deliver the goods, it will be up...
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Earnings look ahead – BP, Facebook, Apple
Earnings look ahead – BP, Facebook, Apple
Source: BloombergBP (Q3 earnings 31 October) As oil prices rally, the future looks much more encouraging for BP. Having kept its dividend in place, despite fears to the contrary, the firm is expected to report a good set of numbers. It continues to focus on natural gas and oil in regions where i...
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Singapore bank Q3 earnings – Macro conditions reigns
Singapore bank Q3 earnings – Macro conditions reigns
Company Earnings Report Date Overseas-Chinese Banking Corp Ltd. 26 October 2017 (Bef mkt) United Overseas Bank 3 November 2017 DBS Group Holdings Ltd. 6 November 2017 (Bef mkt)   Post earnings guidance from DBS lurked on the cautious end, signalling growth while highlighting concerns over .....
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Earnings lookahead – Lloyds, GlaxoSmithKline, RBS
Earnings lookahead – Lloyds, GlaxoSmithKline, RBS
00006000 Source: BloombergLloyds Banking Group (Q3 update 25 October) At just 9.1 times forward earnings versus 13.6 for its sector peers, Lloyds still looks attractive, helped by a steady rise in underlying earnings. One worry is still the further costs for payment protection insurance (PPI) cl...
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Stock picks: Smart Metering Systems, Advanced Oncotherapy and Midwich Group
Smart Metering Systems (SMS) As a provider of smart utility-metering systems, SMS sits in an industry that many believe could be about to see major growth. And its share price chart certainly reflects that – rising over 134% from October 2015 to October 2017. Not only that, but its fundamentals ha.....
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Earnings lookahead – ASOS, Bellway, Unilever
Earnings lookahead – ASOS, Bellway, Unilever
Source: BloombergASOS (full-year results 17 October) GBP’s weakness continues to drive performance at ASOS, which reported international growth of 54% back in April when it unveiled interim results. Smaller rivals such as boohoo.com have yet to make much of a dent in the alternative investment m...
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US bank earnings look ahead
US bank earnings look ahead
Source: BloombergUS banks are expected to see earnings growth of 5.5% overall for the third quarter, while revenues are forecast to grow by 4.3%. With the US economy roaring ahead, despite the recent non-farm payrolls (NFP) miss, most US banks are expected to see good growth, as interest rates r...
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Earnings look ahead – Vedanta, Sky, Provident Financial
Earnings look ahead – Vedanta, Sky, Provident Financial
Source: BloombergVedanta (H1 earnings Tuesday 10 October) Quarterly earnings for Vedanta were encouraging, with a 48% rise in earnings to $777.8 million. Revenue was up 32% to $3.09 billion, with the zinc and oil and gas businesses making up most of the strong performance. Since then the global ...
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Earnings look ahead – Tesco, IAG, Ferrexpo
Earnings look ahead – Tesco, IAG, Ferrexpo
Source: BloombergTesco (first-half figures 4 October) Tesco is expected to report earnings per share (EPS) of 4.5p, up 50.8% year-on-year, while revenues are expected to grow 3.2% to £28.2 billion. Like-for-like sales are forecast to rise 2.5% for Q2, versus Q1 growth of 2.3%. This would be the ...
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Apple – the first $1 trillion company?
Apple – the first $1 trillion company?
Source: BloombergApple's market capitalisation (number of shares multiplied by share price) has risen by 30% in 2017, putting it within sight of the magic $1 trillion. Others, such as Google and Amazon, are also in with a shot, but Apple could be the one to take the crown. At $152.00 per share, ...
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Earnings look ahead – Thomas Cook, United Utilities, Imperial Brands
Earnings look ahead – Thomas Cook, United Utilities, Imperial Brands
Source: BloombergThomas Cook (trading statement 26 September) A recent tie-up with Expedia confirms the remarkable resurrection of Thomas Cook. Expedia will be the preferred provider for many of Thomas Cook’s holidays, giving Thomas Cook access to 60,000 more hotels, thereby boosting its attract...
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Earnings look ahead – Ocado, Kingfisher, Babcock
Earnings look ahead – Ocado, Kingfisher, Babcock
Source: BloombergOcado (Q3 trading statement 19 September) It’s tough to be a UK supermarket at the moment, even an online one, as Amazon looms on the horizon as a potential major competitor. One of the supermarkets in question, Morrisons, has already succumbed to Amazon’s overtures, allowing it...
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Asia morning update: China data ahead
Asia morning update: China data ahead
Source: BloombergLook nevertheless to regional leads including China’s data releases, which could provide some drivers for equity prices today. US equities, currency in gains Wall Street has continued in the atmosphere of relief as the CBOE volatility index, VIX, reflected a market that has furt...
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Earnings look ahead – Next, Morrisons, JD Wetherspoon
Earnings look ahead – Next, Morrisons, JD Wetherspoon
Source: BloombergNext (first-half earnings 14 September) Next has gone from growth star to potential value play. Repeated profit warnings underscore just how far this darling has fallen. However, cash return is expected to improve, with £275 million of payouts in four special dividends, while th...
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Earnings look ahead – Barratt Developments, Vectura, Bovis Homes
Earnings look ahead – Barratt Developments, Vectura, Bovis Homes
Source: BloombergBarratt Developments (full-year results 6 September) Barratt is expected to report adjusted earnings of 60 pence per share, up 9.6% on the year, while revenue rises 9.3% to £4.6 billion. It has seen a steady climb in earnings over the past few years, and has managed to beat fore...
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Earnings look ahead – Petrofac, Ladbrokes Coral, Restaurant Group
Earnings look ahead – Petrofac, Ladbrokes Coral, Restaurant Group
Source: BloombergPetrofac (half-year results 30 August) Everything Petrofac does will occur in the shadow of the fraud investigation currently conducted into the company. It has a strong order backlog, which stood at $14.3 billion at the end of last year, and this will at least help to tide the ...
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Earnings look ahead – BHP Billiton, Persimmon, WPP
Earnings look ahead – BHP Billiton, Persimmon, WPP
Source: BloombergBHP Billiton (full-year earnings 22 August) BHP is expected to report earnings of $1.37 per share, while revenues are forecast to rise 25% to $38.7 billion. The firm has done its best to consolidate its financial position, aided by an improvement in commodity prices. However, no...
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Earnings look ahead – Hargreaves Lansdown, Admiral Group, Hikma Pharmaceuticals
Earnings look ahead – Hargreaves Lansdown, Admiral Group, Hikma Pharmaceuticals
Source: Bloomberg< 00001239 div class="text">Hargreaves Lansdown (full year results 15 August) The fund supermarket has had a strong few years as the popularity of online investing has soared and it benefited from high profile new stocks listings like Royal Mail. Revenue and profit have be...
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Earnings look ahead – InterContinental Hotels, Legal & General, Prudential, Glencore
Earnings look ahead – InterContinental Hotels, Legal & General, Prudential, Glencore
Source: Bloomberg InterContinental Hotels (first half earnings 8 August) First quarter (Q1) was strong for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), with revenue per room up 2.7%. The firm remains confident in the outlook for the full year, with a continuing commitment to maintaining the integrity of...
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What’s the outlook for the major mining stocks?
What’s the outlook for the major mining stocks?
Source: BloombergAs the probability of further rate hikes in the US this year has reduced, so has the value of the US dollar, lending itself to much improved commodity prices, particularly for base metals. Recent PMI (manufacturing and construction) data out of China suggesting further industry ...
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Earnings look ahead – Apple
Earnings look ahead – Apple
Source: bloombergApple is expected to report $1.57 in earnings per share, and $44.67 billion in revenue, which would be year-on-year growth of 10.7% and 6.1% respectively. It is worth noting that the firm has beaten estimates in seven of the last eight quarters for earnings per share (EPS), but ...
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