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Morning Report - 14 January 2020

Yesterday’s UK 100 Leaders Price (p) % Chg
EVRAZ PLC 412.5 5.5%
BAE SYSTEMS PLC 614.0 3.6%
SEVERN TRENT PLC 2,518.0 2.4%
Yesterday’s UK 100 Laggards Price (p) % Chg
NMC HEALTH PLC 1256.5 -6.9%
ST JAMES’S PLACE PLC 1120.0 -1.7%
UK 100 INDEX 7,618 0.4% 11.1%
DOW JONES INDUS. AVG 28,907 0.3% 20.9%
DAX INDEX 13,452 -0.2% 23.9%
NIKKEI 225 24,025 0.7% 18.0%
S&P/ASX 200 INDEX 6,962 0.9% 20.6%


Commodities Units Price % Chg
WTI Crude Oil (Nymex) USD/bbl. 58.10 0.03%
Brent Crude (ICE) USD/bbl. 64.27 0.11%
Gold Spot USD/t oz. 1,540 -0.5%
Copper (Comex) USd/lb. 286 -0.1%


UK Index called to open +7 points at 7624

UK 100 : 1 hours, 2 Months

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Markets Overview:


UK Index called to open +7 points at 7624; Trading in Asia and the US was mixed overnight on the back of the previous three day rally in the run-up to the US and China edging ever closer to signing a trade deal.  Stocks pared earlier gains as data showed China’s trade with the U.S. slumped last year, as the trade war hit relations between the two biggest economies.  In the U.S we saw the Dow Jones closed towards all time highs once more, at 28,907 (+83 points)The S&P also closed towards record high at 3,288 (+22 points)The Nasdaq completed the U.S march towards all time highs, closing at 9,273 (+95 points).  In Asia it was a similar story seeing the Nikkei marching towards its own record high, closing above 24,000 (24,025, +174 points).  However it was a more negative trading session in Hong Kong, seeing the Hang Seng closing at 28,867 (-87 points).  Gold prices slumped overnight as safe havens took a hit, ahead of the signing of the U.S-Sino trade agreement, trading at $1540 at time of writing this.  Crude oil also pulled back, now once again sitting below $65 per barrel.


In corporate news this morning:


Boohoo reported robust trading over Christmas and upgraded its FY guidance. Group revenue +44% to £473.7m. Forecasting FY 2019-20 revenue growth of 40-42%, up from previous guidance of 33-38%, and a core profit margin of 10-10.2%, versus previous guidance of around 10%..


Games Workshop reported record sales and profit levels for the period.  Sales for December were in line with expectations. A dividend of 45p per share was also announced today,in line with the Company’s policy of distributing truly surplus cash


Page Group delivered Q4 results today, delivering fourth quarter gross profit of £205.6m, a decline of -0.4% in constant currencies and -2.6% in reported rates. In constant currencies, Michael Page was down -0.1%, with Page Personnel declining -1.0% in the quarter.


Taylor Wimpey today announced that results would be in line with expectations, despite an uncertain political and economic backdrop for 2019.  They also increased home completions by c.5% in the year. Profit margin 19.6%; Net operating assets of 31%. 2020 outlook remains strong, weighted more to H2. 

888 Holdings announces that Aviad Kobrine will step down from his role as chief financial officer during 2020.



Source: Bloomberg, FT, Reuters, DJ Newswires, AlphaTerminal


Reporting Today:


Page Group, Taylor Wimpey, Games Workshop


Reporting Tomorrow:


Diploma, Genel Energy, Persimmon, Tullow Oil




Barratt Developments Upgraded to Buy by Deutsche Bank (Bloomberg: 8 Buys/ 7 Holds/ 2 Sells)


BP Downgraded to Hold by Berenberg (Bloomberg: 20 Buys/ 6 Holds/ 1 Sells)


Cranswick Upgraded to Buy by HSBC (Bloomberg: 7 Buys/ 2 Holds/ 0 Sells)


Crest Nicholson Downgraded to Sell by Deutsche Bank (Bloomberg: 2 Buys/ 8 Holds/ 1 Sells)


Dixons Carphone Upgraded to Buy by Goldman Sachs (Bloomberg: 5 Buys/ 6 Holds/ 1 Sells)


Just Eat Downgraded to Hold by J.P. Morgan (Bloomberg: 5 Buys/ 7 Holds/ 4 Sells)


Mccarthy & Stone Upgraded to Buy by Deutsche Bank (Bloomberg: 4 Buys/ 1 Holds/ 3 Sells)


Petrofac Downgraded to Underperform by Bernstein (Bloomberg: 5 Buys/ 14 Holds/ 1 Sells)


Royal Dutch Shell Upgraded to Buy by Berenberg (Bloomberg: 16 Buys/ 7 Holds/ 2 Sells)



In Focus Today:


China Trade Balance


US Consumer Price Index


This week’s Ex Dividends:


UK 100 :


SSE, Compass Group, Ashtead Group




Scottish Investment Trust, Shaftesbury, Future


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