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Earnings look ahead: Associated British Foods, WM Morrison, JD Wetherspoon
Earnings look ahead: Associated British Foods, WM Morrison, JD Wetherspoon
Source: BloombergAssociated British Foods (Q4 update 10 September) Associated British Foods (ABF) stuck resolutely to its full-year outlook at the third quarter (Q3) statement, despite a dismal performance at the growth engine of Primark and a worsening outlook for sugar. Improving margins do p...
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Coca-Cola buys Costa Coffee: everything you need to know
Coca-Cola buys Costa Coffee: everything you need to know
Source: BloombergSince buying Costa Coffee for £19 million back in 1995, when it had just 39 branches, Whitbread has become a leader of hospitality, providing investors with a unique proposition by combining hotels, restaurants and of course, coffee. More than two decades on and Costa has the l...
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Are price comparison websites still fit for purpose?
Are price comparison websites still fit for purpose?
Source: BloombergPrice comparison websites have become the essential middlemen helping UK consumers save both time and money, virtually guaranteeing that all of us save every time we visit, whether we’re looking to switch energy providers, are searching for a new insurance policy or on the hunt...
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Aston Martin IPO: what you need to know
Aston Martin IPO: what you need to know
‘This is a monumental moment’ – Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer. Rev up your engines and shift into gear – Aston Martin is preparing to go public in what will be one of the most notable initial public offerings (IPO) this year. Investors will be able to get a slice of one of the most l...
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Earnings look ahead: Berkeley Group, Barratt Developments, McCarthy & Stone
Earnings look ahead: Berkeley Group, Barratt Developments, McCarthy & Stone
Source: BloombergBerkeley Group (Q1 update 5 September) Full-year results from the firm saw Berkeley upgrade its targets for the coming years, but there was caution over the outlook for the key London market. We will get further detail on this at the first quarter (Q1) update, which will likely...
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Earnings look ahead – Bunzl, Petrofac, WHSmith
Earnings look ahead – Bunzl, Petrofac, WHSmith
Source: BloombergBunzl (first-half earnings 28 August) Bunzl is expected to report 7.3% growth in first-half earnings, to 59.1p per share, while revenue is expected to rise by 4.3% to £4.3 billion. The firm has beaten estimates on both metrics in six of the last seven earnings reports. The aver...
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Will evolving e-cigarette policies help or hinder vape stocks?
Will evolving e-cigarette policies help or hinder vape stocks?
Source: Bloomberg'The story of tobacco is a paradigm case of what happens when drug companies are allowed to create markets of millions of addicts, and what governments can do to rein in those markets without making a drug illegal,' – Professor David Nutt, former head adviser on drug policy to ...
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Earnings lookahead: BHP Billiton, Persimmon, Premier Oil
Earnings lookahead: BHP Billiton, Persimmon, Premier Oil
Source: BloombergBHP Billiton (full-year results 20 August) BHP Billiton is expected to report a 37% rise in earnings per share for the year, to $1.73, while revenue is expected to rise 19% to $45.55 billion. The average move on results day is 2.6%, while current options pricing suggests a move...
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Mining in the UK and Ireland is well and truly alive
Mining in the UK and Ireland is well and truly alive
Source: Bloomberg‘If you can’t grow it, it has to be mined,’ – an old mining truism. The UK and Ireland have a rich history of mining. The industrial revolution was fuelled by vast deposits of coal and iron and when underground mining was at its peak between the middle of the 19th century until...
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Earnings look ahead: Antofagasta, Balfour Beatty, Admiral
Earnings look ahead: Antofagasta, Balfour Beatty, Admiral
Source: BloombergAntofagasta (first-half earnings 14 August) The rout in copper prices means that Antofagasta’s latest update might not be as cheery as other recent ones have been. The focus will remain on whether demand will recover later into the year, or whether trade wars will act to crimp ...
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Tesla shareholder tells IGTV he’s 'not thrilled' about the take-private plan
Tesla shares closed up 11% on Tuesday after chief executive Elon Musk tweeted, ‘Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.’ According to MarketWatch, that single tweet caused mark-to-market losses for the short sellers of $1.5 billion. Tesla shareholder, Ross Gerber, told IGTV h.....
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Is it time to look at UK banks?
Is it time to look at UK banks?
Source: BloombergThe return to dividend payments for Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is being heralded as some kind of great development for the bank, which continues to live in the shadow of the great financial crisis. In one sense, it is an improvement. Any suggestion that long-suffering shareho...
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Has BP hit the ‘sweet spot’ with investors?
Has BP hit the ‘sweet spot’ with investors?
Source: Bloomberg‘This is a significant moment for BP – it is the largest acquisition we have made in almost 20 years,’ – BP chief executive Bob Dudley. BP has struck a landmark deal to catch up with its rivals tapping oil and gas in the US after recovering from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill....
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Facebook shares collapse as user growth stalls and data leak unravels
Facebook shares collapse as user growth stalls and data leak unravels
Source: BloombergThe problems are mounting for Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg. Attention on the social media giant has only grown since it was revealed earlier this year that a swathe of customer data had been leaked to Cambridge Analytica back in 2015, seeing Facebook execs being hau...
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Apple wins the race for $1 trillion valuation
Apple wins the race for $1 trillion valuation
Source: BloombergApple is going from strength-to-strength as iPhone sales continue to impress the market and profits flood into the business. Having started out making Macs, the company has seen its valuation surge higher as it introduced new revolutionary products to the market. Between launch...
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Spotify: still not music to everyone’s ears
Source: BloombergThe jury is still out on Spotify. The Swedish company has silenced critics that questioned whether it could maintain the rate of growth in users and subscribers after its latest set of results showed it remained on course to deliver what it promised when it listed earlier this ...
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Sonos IPO: will its strategy fall on deaf ears?
Source: BloombergSonos has been expected to list in New York for some time, and the company has now confirmed it is looking to join the NASDAQ sometime later this year, with August touted as a likely month for it to be completed. The company has long been a pioneer in its industry, focused on p...
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Sports Direct pays the price for high street shopping spree
Source: Bloomberg‘I note that various commentators in the past have sought to portray Mike Ashley as a so-called “pantomime villain”. However, since Mike became chief executive, the company has initiated a process of transformation to the benefit of all stakeholders,’ - Sports Direct non-execut...
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UK banks preview – Lloyds, Barclays, RBS
Source: BloombergLloyds (first-half results 1 August) As usual with Lloyds, the size of payment protection insurance (PPI) provision, its market share of the mortgage market and the size of its structural hedge will be the key elements to watch for in these earnings. Brexit concerns will domina...
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Earnings look ahead – Taylor Wimpey, Just Eat, Next
Source: BloombergTaylor Wimpey (first-half earnings 31 July) The UK housing market continues to slow, but it does still show signs of healthy growth. Up to the end of April Taylor Wimpey still saw good demand for new housing, and even if the Bank of England (BoE) hikes next week, rates remain n...
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Amazon Prime Day: propelling the flywheel
Source: Bloomberg‘Prime was designed to make your life better every single day,’ – Amazon. Amazon Prime Day just keeps getting bigger. The e-commerce giant’s flagship sale event has grown exponentially since the first one was launched four years ago, developing as its Prime subscription service...
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Xiaomi: a shaky start for the Chinese tech giant
Xiaomi: a shaky start for the Chinese tech giant
Source: BloombergFounded in 2010, Xiaomi has since grown to become the fourth largest smartphone maker in the world by charming its customers (which it likes to call ‘fans’) with quality products and services at lower prices than the competition. Although the Chinese company has built a name f...
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Earnings look ahead – ITV, Vodafone, AstraZeneca
Earnings look ahead – ITV, Vodafone, AstraZeneca
Source: BloombergITV (first-half earnings 25 July) ITV is expected to report earnings of 6.8p per share, down 11.3% year-on-year, while revenue rises 2.5% to £1.5 billion. The average move on the day is 4.16%, while current options pricing indicates a move of 4.6%. Investors will be hoping that...
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EVR Holdings: turning virtual insanity into virtual reality
EVR Holdings: turning virtual insanity into virtual reality
Source: BloombergIn virtual reality, we’re placing the viewer inside a moment or a story… made possible by sound and visual technology that’s actually tricking the brain into believing it’s somewhere else,’ – Chris Milk, founder of Within.  It has struck deals with the three biggest record comp...
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UK bookmakers beat England fans in 2018 World Cup
UK bookmakers beat England fans in 2018 World Cup
Source: Bloomberg‘Our country has been through difficult experiences in terms of unity. Sport — football in particular — has the power to help that. It is a special feeling,’ – England manager Gareth Southgate.  Former England striker Les Ferdinand once said ‘nothing surprises me in football’, ...
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Glencore: risky business?
Glencore: risky business?
Source: BloombergGlencore has earned a reputation for being more willing to take risk than its peers since it listed in 2011, often working around international sanctions and entering uncertain geographical jurisdictions that many others deem too dicey. Under the leadership of chief executive, ...
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Earnings look ahead – easyJet, Unilever, Sports Direct
Earnings look ahead – easyJet, Unilever, Sports Direct
Source: BloombergeasyJet (Q3 statement 18 July) easyJet goes into its third quarter (Q3) statement having reported excellent numbers for June, seeing 2.3% growth in passenger numbers and a load factor of over 95%. Consumer spending fears have not been reflected in its performance, and it contin...
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US tech earnings preview
US tech earnings preview
Source: BloombergNetflix (Q2 earnings 16 July) Netflix is expected to report earnings of 88.8 cents per share, and revenue of $3.9 billion, up 261% and 41% year-on-year respectively. Having seen its shares double since the beginning of the year, there will be more than a few investors questioni...
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Inmarsat share price falls: is one of the UK’s leading satellite companies at risk?
Inmarsat share price falls: is one of the UK’s leading satellite companies at risk?
Source: BloombergInmarsat was founded as a non-profit organisation in 1979, privatised in 1999, and listed in London in 2005. It has long been a jewel of the UK economy that has become a global leader in satellite mobile communications. Currently, it is keeping ships, planes and the likes of th...
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Fastjet: heading for higher altitude or a crash landing?
Fastjet: heading for higher altitude or a crash landing?
Source: Bloomberg‘At first, dreams seem impossible, then improbable, and eventually inevitable,’ – Christopher Reeve. The opportunity looked ripe for the taking, ambitions were high and all the pieces of the jigsaw were in place to bring low-cost air travel to Africa. In an attempt to replicate...
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