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|Yesterday’s UK 100 Leaders||Price (p)||% Chg|
|INTL CONSOLIDATED AIRLINE-DI||204.5||3.3%|
|SMITH & NEPHEW PLC||1,506.0||2.3%|
|Yesterday’s UK 100 Laggards||Price (p)||% Chg|
|THUNGELA RESOURCES LTD||130.2||-9.6%|
|3I GROUP PLC||1208.0||-3.1%|
|Major World Indices||Price||% Chg||1 YEAR|
|UK 100 INDEX||7,081||-0.2%||11.9%|
|DOW JONES INDUS. AVG||34,447||-0.4%||27.6%|
|S&P/ASX 200 INDEX||7,303||0.4%||18.8%|
|WTI Crude Oil (Nymex)||USD/bbl.||69.54||-0.60%|
|Brent Crude (ICE)||USD/bbl.||71.77||-0.62%|
|Gold Spot||USD/t oz.||1,886||-0.1%|
UK 100 is called to open +13 points this morning at 7094.A positive open is expected this morning ahead of inflation data (CPI) Stateside this afternoon, and a Europe Central Bank meeting. On Wall Street Wednesday, markets took a step back, the Dow Jones closed Wednesday 152 points or 0.44% lower at 34,447. The S&P fell by 0.18% to finish at 4,219 whilst the Nasdaq was the best performing benchmark, closing at 13,911. It was a brighter picture in Asia today, Japan’s Nikkei added 91 points or 0.32% to trade at 28,952 whilst Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 74 points or 0.26% to end the session at 28,817. The Shanghai Composite added 0.69% to 3,616.
Auto Trader reports that their FY21 pretax profits are down 37% YoY to £157.4m as they have started the new financial year in a strong position. They state that COVID is currently having little impact on performance.
Capita wins a £57.6m customer management contract renewal with Tesco mobile.
Card Factory reports a FY pretax loss of £16.4m (2020: £65.2m profit after a successful reopening post-lockdown as sales have exceeded previous reopenings.
DFS reports that they expect their FY21 underlying pretax profit to be around £105m as H2 to date order intake is up 14% vs same period in FY19. They expect FY22 pretax profit to be between £66-96m.
Entain expects 3m people to bet on the delayed 2020 UEFA European Championships.
Citigroup Downgrades Pennon to Neutral from Buy (3 Buys / 7 Holds / 0 Sells)
Peel Hunt Upgrades Whitbread to Add (9 Buys / 6 Holds / 1 Sell)
RBC Downgrades Pennon to Sector Perform from Outperform (3 Buys / 7 Holds / 0 Sells)
ECB Interest Rate Decision
US Consumer Price Index ex Food & Energy
ECB Monetary Policy Statement and Press Conference
Chinese FDI – Foreign Direct Investment
BoE’s Haldane speech
US Initial Jobless Claims
US Monthly Budget Statement
RHI Magnesita N.V.
AVI Global Trust
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