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|Yesterday’s UK 100 Leaders||Price (p)||% Chg|
|HIKMA PHARMACEUTICALS PLC||2,392.0||2.4%|
|ROLLS-ROYCE HOLDINGS PLC||102.3||2.4%|
|NATIONAL GRID PLC||864.6||1.9%|
|B&M EUROPEAN VALUE RETAIL SA||601.0||1.9%|
|Yesterday’s UK 100 Laggards||Price (p)||% Chg|
|HARGREAVES LANSDOWN PLC||1539.5||-6.9%|
|BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO PLC||2640.0||-4.0%|
|POLYMETAL INTERNATIONAL PLC||1551.0||-3.6%|
|Major World Indices||Price||% Chg||1 YEAR|
|UK 100 INDEX||6,711||-0.6%||-9.1%|
|DOW JONES INDUS. AVG||31,613||0.3%||8.1%|
|S&P/ASX 200 INDEX||6,886||0.0%||-3.2%|
|WTI Crude Oil (Nymex)||USD/bbl.||61.53||0.64%|
|Brent Crude (ICE)||USD/bbl.||64.89||0.85%|
|Gold Spot||USD/t oz.||1,783||0.4%|
UK 100 is called to open -10 points this morning at 6700. Calls for a slightly weaker open come on the morning of the biggest ex-dividend impact so far of 2021, 12.3 points came of the index this morning in the shape of dividends. Crude oil prices rose further overnight due to a recent cold snap in the United States and causing demand to creep higher. Stateside yesterday saw a mixed session on Wall Street. The Dow Jones closed the session higher, rising 90 points or 0.29% to 31,613, whilst the S&P was more or less flat ending the day at 3,931. The Nasdaq, meanwhile, swung to an 82 point or 0.58% decline with a close of 13,965. In Asia, this morning, Japan’s Nikkei closed slightly lower, by 0.19% to trade at 30,236 as Hong Kong’s Hang Seng pulled back 1.13% to 30,732. The Shanghai Composite meanwhile moved up, rising 0.56%.
Barclays reports that they have resumed paying dividends as their annual profit halved to £3.1bn, which was better than expected (analysts’ average forecast of £1.96bn) due to strong performance by its investment bank offsetting provisions against bad loans from the economic fallout of COVID-19. They are to resume paying dividends of 1p per share as well as returning capital via a £700m buyback.
Hays says that their H1 performance has been hurt by the coronavirus pandemic as their pretax profit falls 78% to £21.1m.
Hochschild Mining FY pretax profit falls to $62.9m (from $76.8m previously).
Indivior reports that their Q4 pretax loss has narrowed to $14m (from $42m loss last year).
Moonpig expects their annual revenue to double on high demand for its services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moneysupermarket reports that their 2020 pretax profit is down 24% to £87.8m (from £116m previously).
Primary Health Properties reports that their FY adjusted earnings per share rose 5.5% to 5.8p as their FY net rental income receivable in the year increased by 13.4% to £131.2m (2019: £115.7m).
Smith & Nephew report that their trading profit is down YoY to $683m ($1.17bn previously).
Citigroup Upgrades Aviva to a Buy from Neutral (8 Buys / 9 Holds / 0 Sells)
Goldman Sachs Initiates coverage of Ashtead with a Buy (7 Buys / 8 Holds / 1 Sell)
Morgan Stanley Upgrades SSP Group to Overweight from Equalweight (7 Buys / 8 Holds / 0 Sells)
Primary Health Properties
Smith & Nephew
TBC Bank Group
ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts
BoE’s Saunders speech
US Housing Starts
US Continuing Jobless Claims
Eurozone Consumer Confidence
Pershing Square Holdings
Royal Dutch Shell A
Royal Dutch Shell B
Murray Income Trust
GCP Student Living
NextEnergy Solar Fund
BBGI Global Infrastructure S.A.
Impax Environmental Markets
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