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Morning Report - 22 May 2023

Yesterday’s UK 100 Leaders Price (p) % Chg
BT Group PLC 144.95 3%
Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust PLC 647.80 2%
Flutter Entertainment PLC 16400 2%
St James’s Place PLC 1145 1.8%
SSE PLC 1868 1.7%
Yesterday’s UK 100 Laggards Price (p) % Chg
JD Sports Fashion PLC 159.25 -7.7%
Burberry Group PLC 2290 -4.1%
Persimmon PLC 1307 -2.6%
Berkeley Group Holdings (The) PLC 4234 -2.4%
International Consolidated Airlines Group SA 157.25 -1.9%
Major World Indices Price % Chg 1 YEAR
UK 100 INDEX 7,756 0.19% 4.96%
DOW JONES INDUS. AVG 33,426 -0.33% 6.92%
DAX INDEX 16,275 0.69% 16.40%
NIKKEI 225 31,044 0.77% 16.08%
S&P/ASX 200 INDEX 7,266 -0.18% 1.69%
Commodities Units Price % Chg
WTI Crude Oil (Nymex) USD/bbl. 70.96 -0.82%
Brent Crude (ICE) USD/bbl. 74.82 -1.01%
Gold Spot USD/t oz. 1,972 -0.26%
Copper (Comex) USd/lb. 368.90 -1.15%
The UK 100 called to open -2 points at 7,768.

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Markets Overview:

The UK 100 called to open -2 points at 7,768. UK 100 is set to open slightly lower on Monday as talks over raising the US debt ceiling continue. The US ended lower on Friday with the Dow closing -0.3%, S&P -0.1% and Nasdaq -0.2%. In Asia on Monday the Nikkei closed +0.8%, Shanghai -0.1% and Hong Kong +1.1%.

Company News & Broker Comments:

Company News:

Dechra Pharmaceuticals sees their FY underlying operating profit to be below £186m. They state that the trading environment between January-April 2023 has been more volatile and challenging than anticipated.


Johnson Matthey and Hystar sign a 3-year partnership in renewable hydrogen production.


NatWest buys back 469.2m shares from HM Treasury for £1.26bn at 268.4p per share.


Ryanair swings to a 1.44bn euro profit as revenue doubles. They were cautiously optimistic that profits would rise modestly in the next 12 months, with summer demand notably robust.


Wise CFO Matthew Briers is to step down after 8 years in his role by March 2024.



Broker Comments:

Citigroup adds BT Group to “European Focus List” (9 Buys / 4 Holds / 1 Sell)


Reporting Today:



Kainos Group


Pershing Square Holdings


Schroder Oriental Income Fund





Zoom Video Communications

Reporting Tomorrow:



Bytes Technology Group




RS Group


SSP Group


Warehouse REIT







Palo Alto Networks



In Focus Today:

PBoC Interest Rate Decision


EU Consumer Confidence


This 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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