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Morning Report - 17 February 2021

Yesterday’s UK 100 Leaders Price (p) % Chg
ANTOFAGASTA PLC 1,636.0 2.8%
GLENCORE PLC 288.0 2.0%
PRUDENTIAL PLC 1,396.0 1.6%


Yesterday’s UK 100 Laggards Price (p) % Chg
DS SMITH PLC 396.0 -3.4%
SSE PLC 1418.5 -3.0%
PENNON GROUP PLC 918.0 -2.5%
SEVERN TRENT PLC 2327.0 -2.1%
Major World Indices Price % Chg 1 YEAR
UK 100 INDEX 6,749 -0.1% -9.2%
DOW JONES INDUS. AVG 31,523 0.2% 7.2%
DAX INDEX 14,065 -0.3% 2.0%
NIKKEI 225 30,292 -0.6% 28.8%
S&P/ASX 200 INDEX 6,885 -0.5% -3.4%
Commodities Units Price % Chg
WTI Crude Oil (Nymex) USD/bbl. 60.29 0.40%
Brent Crude (ICE) USD/bbl. 63.66 0.49%
Gold Spot USD/t oz. 1,790 -0.3%
Copper (Comex) USd/lb. 382 -0.3%
UK 100 is called to open +10 points this morning at 6758. 

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Markets Overview:


UK 100 is called to open +10 points this morning at 6758.  Calls for a positive open come as traders digest this mornings UK inflation data, which shows a rise again in the UK.  The consumer prices index rose to an annual rate of 0.7% in January, up from 0.6% in December. That’s a little higher than economists had expected.  It was a mixed performance for US markets yesterday, with the Dow Jones closing up 0.2% at a record high of 31,522 while the S&P dropped 0.06% to 3,932 and the Nasdaq fell 0.34% to 14,047.  The picture was also mixed in Asia this morning, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 falling 0.58% while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 0.99%, having bounced from an early fall.


Company News & Broker Comments:


Company News:

British American Tobacco reports that their FY pretax profit is up to £8.67bn (£7.91bn previously) and they expect 2021 to have a mid-single figure adjusted EPS rise.


Hargreaves Lansdown co-founder Peter Hargreaves completes the sale of 19.5m shares, raising £300m in total.


Imperial Brands hires Lukas Paravicini as their new CFO from the 5th of August 2021.


Plus 500 raises their final dividend payout by 44% to 54.22 US cents per share after announcing record levels of new and active customers in 2020 and more than doubling their revenues to $872.5m.


Rio Tinto posted a 20% jump in annual underlying earnings to $12.45bn, beating analysts’ estimates of $12.02bn. They also declared a final dividend of $3.09 per share (Up from 2019 $2.31 per share).


TP ICAP are to issue 225.3m shares at 140p in a rights issue.


Broker Comments:

Jefferies Upgrades Shaftesbury to a Buy from Hold (1 Buy / 7 Holds / 1 Sell)


Jefferies Upgrades Capital & Counties to a Buy from Hold (6 Buys / 2 Holds / 1 Sell)




Reporting Today:


British American Tobacco

Hochschild Mining


Rio Tinto


Reporting Tomorrow:





Primary Health Properties

Smith & Nephew


In Focus Today:



UK Consumer Price Index

US Retail Sales

US FOMC Minutes

UK Retail Price Index

US Producer Price Index ex Food & Energy

BoE’s Ramsden speech



Tomorrow’s Ex Dividends:


UK 100:


Imperial Brands


Pershing Square Holdings


Royal Dutch Shell A

Royal Dutch Shell B


UK 250:


Murray Income Trust

GCP Student Living

NextEnergy Solar Fund

BBGI Global Infrastructure S.A.

Impax Environmental Markets



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