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Morning Report - 24 March 2020

Yesterday’s FTSE100 Leaders Price (p) % Chg
M&G PLC 116.8 5.6%
FRESNILLO PLC 620.0 4.1%
WHITBREAD PLC 2,393.0 2.2%
Yesterday’s FTSE100 Laggards Price (p) % Chg
EASYJET PLC 521.4 -13.1%
ST JAMES’S PLACE PLC 660.0 -12.6%
FERGUSON PLC 4086.0 -12.2%


Major World Indices Price % Chg 1 Year
FTSE 100 INDEX 4,994 -3.8% -30.7%
DOW JONES INDUS. AVG 18,592 -3.0% -27.1%
DAX INDEX 8,741 -2.1% -23.1%
NIKKEI 225 18,092 7.1% -16.4%
S&P/ASX 200 INDEX 4,736 4.2% -23.6%
Commodities Units Price % Chg
WTI Crude Oil (Nymex) USD/bbl. 24.51 4.92%
Brent Crude (ICE) USD/bbl. 28.06 3.81%
Gold Spot USD/t oz. 1,572 1.2%
Copper (Comex) USd/lb. 214 1.9%
FTSE 100 called to open +200 points at 5193

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Markets Overview:


FTSE 100 called to open +200 points at 5193.  U.S. futures and Asian stocks climbed on Tuesday after global equities hit their lowest level since 2016, the dollar snapped a 10-day rally and Treasuries dipped as appetite for riskier assets revived. Contracts on the S&P 500 rose about 4% at one point, more than making up what the index lost on Monday. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney climbed, seeing the Nikkei rise over 7% to trade at 18,092 & the Hang Seng gain 4.5% to trade at 22,670.  The U.K. is in lock down after Boris Johnson ordered sweeping measures to stop people leaving their homes “at this moment of national emergency.” As the coronavirus pandemic spread across the country, the prime minister approved a radical ban on all unnecessary movement of people for at least three weeks.   Oil rallied for a second day after the Federal Reserve unveiled a sweeping set of measures to support the world’s largest economy, while investors clung to hopes of a U.S.-Saudi Arabian deal to limit output. Futures in New York rose around 5% past $24 a barrel, following gains on Monday as the U.S. central bank said it would buy unlimited amounts of Treasury


Company News:


Dunelm has cancelled its interim dividend due in April (7.5p).


Mulberry states that in their previous guidance they expected to be profitable and cash generative in H2 2020. However, as a result of COVID-19 the board now expects to make a small loss in the period.


Rio Tinto announces it will curtail production. All mining operations at Richard’s Bay Minerals in South Africa will be halted from Thursday for 21 days. They will also slow down activity in Quebec, Canada due to Government directives to stem the spread of COVID-19.


Reporting Today:


FCA has asked UK companies to delay results

for at least two weeks to prevent investors acting on out-of-date information


Reporting Tomorrow:


FCA has asked UK companies to delay results

for at least two weeks to prevent investors acting on out-of-date information


In Focus Today:


EU – Markit PMI Composite

GER – Markit PMI Composite

UK – Markit PMI Composite

US – Markit PMI Composite


This Week’s Ex Dividends:


FTSE 100:


British Land

Royal Bank Of Scotland


British American Tobacco




FTSE 250:


Go-Ahead Group




3i Group Downgraded to Sell by Day by Day (Bloomberg: 5 Buys/ 1 Holds/ 0 Sells)


Aveva Upgraded to Buy by Stifel (Bloomberg: 4 Buys/ 9 Holds/ 2 Sells)


Ferguson Upgraded to Buy by Morningstar (Bloomberg: 13 Buys/ 9 Holds/ 3 Sells)


HSBC Downgraded to Sell by Societe Generale (Bloomberg: 9 Buys/ 8 Holds/ 11 Sells)


Johnson Matthey Upgraded to Neutral by J.P. Morgan (Bloomberg: 10 Buys/ 4 Holds/ 5 Sells)


Ocado Upgraded to Buy by Morningstar (Bloomberg: 7 Buys/ 6 Holds/ 6 Sells)


Pearson Downgraded to Reduce by AlphaValue (Bloomberg: 3 Buys/ 9 Holds/ 7 Sells)


National Grid Upgraded to Hold by Morningstar (Bloomberg: 13 Buys/ 7 Holds/ 0 Sells)


SSE Upgraded to Buy by Morningstar (Bloomberg: 10 Buys/ 9 Holds/ 0 Sells)


Sainsbury Upgraded to Hold by HSBC (Bloomberg: 12 Buys/ 5 Holds/ 2 Sells)


Tesco Upgraded to Buy by HSBC (Bloomberg: 12 Buys/ 2 Holds/ 3 Sells)


Tui Downgraded to Hold by HSBC (Bloomberg: 2 Buys/ 11 Holds/ 8 Sells)




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