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Morning Report - 19 May 2023

Yesterday’s UK 100 Leaders Price (p) % Chg
JD Sports Fashion PLC 172.65 5.9%
ConvaTec Group PLC 226 5%
Ashtead Group PLC 4960 3.3%
Standard Chartered PLC 642.6 2.8%
DCC PLC 4990 2.7%
Yesterday’s UK 100 Laggards Price (p) % Chg
Burberry Group PLC 2389 -5.2%
BT Group PLC 140.7 -5%
Ocado Group PLC 397.7 -3%
National Grid PLC 1108 -2.8%
Centrica PLC 116.8 -2.4%
Major World Indices Price % Chg 1 YEAR
UK 100 INDEX 7,742 0.25% 6%
DOW JONES INDUS. AVG 33,535 0.34% 7.3%
DAX INDEX 16,163 1.33% 16.43%
NIKKEI 225 30,838 0.87% 16.77%
S&P/ASX 200 INDEX 7,280 0.61% 3.06%
Commodities Units Price % Chg
WTI Crude Oil (Nymex) USD/bbl. 72.37 0.71%
Brent Crude (ICE) USD/bbl. 76.45 0.78%
Gold Spot USD/t oz. 1,962 0.3%
Copper (Comex) USd/lb. 371 0.56%
The UK 100 called to open +25 points at 7,771.

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Markets Overview:

The UK 100 called to open +25 points at 7,771. UK 100 is set to open higher on Friday as fears of a US debt default subside. US stocks closed higher on Thursday as Dow edged up 0.3%, S&P +0.3% and Nasdaq +1.5%. In Asia on Friday the Nikkei closed +0.7%, Shanghai -0.3% and Hong Kong -1.2%.

Company News & Broker Comments:

Company News:

IQE are to issue 150m new shares in placing and 5.5m new shares in retail offer.


Smiths Group lifted their annual revenue growth forecast for the third time in five months as demand for its products improves on decarbonisation trends and from airport upgrades. They now expect organic revenue growth to rise by around 10% in the 12 months ending July, higher than its previous guidance of at least 8% growth, which it gave in March.


Vanquis Banking appoints Ian McLaughlin as CEO starting in July.



Broker Comments:

RBC Upgrades St James’s Place to Outperform from Sector Perform (7 Buys / 7 Holds / 0 Sells)


Reporting Today:








Deere & Co

Reporting Monday:



Kainos Group


Pershing Square Holdings


Schroder Oriental Income Fund





Zoom Video Communications



In Focus Today:

German Producer Price Index


EU Economic Bulletin


Next Week’s Ex-Dividends:

UK 100 companies going ex-dividend on 25th May 2023:




Intertek Group




UK 250 companies going ex-dividend on 25th May 2023:


Diversified Energy Company




IP Group


TI Fluid Systems




Spire Healthcare Group

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