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Morning Report - 15 October 2020

Yesterday’s UK 100 Leaders Price (p) % Chg
JUST EAT TAKEAWAY 9,404.0 6.4%
DS SMITH PLC 312.0 2.4%
FRESNILLO PLC 1,357.5 2.3%
Yesterday’s UK 100 Laggards Price (p) % Chg
ASTRAZENECA PLC 8190.0 -3.2%
COMPASS GROUP PLC 1187.5 -2.3%
Major World Indices Price % Chg 1 YEAR
UK 100 INDEX 5,935 -0.6% -17.7%
DOW JONES INDUS. AVG 28,469 -0.7% 6.3%
DAX INDEX 13,028 0.1% 4.3%
NIKKEI 225 23,627 0.1% 8.4%
S&P/ASX 200 INDEX 6,179 -0.3% -7.0%
Commodities Units Price % Chg
WTI Crude Oil (Nymex) USD/bbl. 41.05 2.11%
Brent Crude (ICE) USD/bbl. 43.34 2.10%
Gold Spot USD/t oz. 1,901 0.5%
Copper (Comex) USd/lb. 305 0.3%
UK 100 called to open -45 points this morning at 5890.

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Markets Overview:


UK 100 called to open -45 points this morning at 5890.  Calls for a negative open come as Europe-wide concerns about the impact of coronavirus lockdowns outweighed increased hopes of a Brexit deal.  On the positive side, traders reported increased optimism that the EU and UK were more likely to strike a trade deal as Boris Johnson looked set to extend today’s self-imposed deadline on the talks.  In the US yesterday Stocks fell for a second day on Wednesday after comments from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dampened expectations of a coronavirus stimulus deal being reached before the Nov. 3 presidential election.  The Dow Jones was down 165.81 points, or 0.6%, at 28,514. The S&P 500 closed 0.7% lower at 3,488.67 and the Nasdaq slid 0.8% to 11,768.73.


Company News:

De La Rue reports that H1 adjusted operating profit is in line with the board’s expectations.
Domino’s Pizza Group expects 2020 profit to be in line with the market view as lower tax rate and higher online orders helped it post a 19% jump in Q3 sales. Sales rose to £342.1m in Q3 (2019: £288.2m) with a profit before tax of £93-98m.
Dunelm posted a 37% jump in Q1 sales as it benefited from higher online demand for its homewares, as well as in-store recovery following the initial round of lockdowns. Sales rose to £359.1m for the quarter.
Hays expects the first half of the year to be modestly profitable as its temporary hiring remained stable overall, even as it posted a 29% drop in Q1 net fees due to the coronavirus crisis.
IAG investor Hedge fund Marshall Wace has picked up a 3% stake in IAG.
Marston’s have announced job cuts because of the UK’s new round of coronavirus restrictions, saying 2,150 people currently on furlough would lose their job after it posted a 30% fall in annual sales.
Mediclinic have reported a good rebound in trading from May onwards.
Mondi report that Q3 underlying EBITDA is down 20% due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rolls-Royce state they have successfully priced a £2bn equivalent bond offering in three tranches, more than the £1bn it was aiming for due to strong demand from investors for the notes.
Schroders reported a 2% rise on assets under management to £536.3bn, boosted by modest inflows across all of its business divisions.

Reporting Today:




Mediclinic International


BB&T Corp

Peoples United Financial Inc



Reporting Tomorrow:


Jupiter Fund Management

Sensient Technology Corp

Citizens Financial Group Inc


In Focus Today:


European Council Meeting

US Consumer Price Index

Chinese Consumer Price Index

US Initial Jobless Claims

UK Autumn forecast Statement

US Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Survey


Tomorow’s Ex Dividends:


UK 100:





UK 250:



Close Brothers Group

BMO Commercial Property Trust


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