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Morning Report - 4 July 2024

Yesterday’s UK 100 Leaders Price (p) % Chg
International Consolidated Airlines Group S.A. 173.4 5.5%
Easyjet PLC 462.9 4.2%
Fresnillo PLC 574.0 4.1%
Barclays PLC 218.2 3.5%
Burberry Group PLC 877.2 3.5%
Yesterday’s UK 100 Laggards Price (p) % Chg
Jd Sports Fashion PLC 112.9 -4.0%
3I Group PLC 3008.0 -1.2%
Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC 1823.0 -1.2%
B&M European Value Retail S.A. 435.9 -0.8%
Shell PLC 2851.0 -0.6%


Major World Indices Price % Chg 1 YEAR
UK 100 INDEX 8,171 0.6% 8.7%
DOW JONES INDUS. AVG 39,308 -0.1% 14.2%
DAX INDEX 18,375 1.2% 14.6%
NIKKEI 225 40,914 0.8% 22.4%
S&P/ASX 200 INDEX 7,832 1.2% 7.6%


Commodities Units Price % Chg
WTI Crude Oil (Nymex) USD/bbl. 83.31 -0.68%
Brent Crude (ICE) USD/bbl. 86.82 -0.60%
Gold Spot USD/t oz. 2,354 -0.1%
Copper (Comex) USd/lb. 452 -0.3%
The UK 100 called to open +15 points at 8,186

4 Hours; 3 Months

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Markets Overview:

The UK 100 called to open +15 points at 8,186.  The UK 100 looks set to open modestly higher this morning as UK voters head to the polls, extending yesterdays gains.   The S&P rose to new highs in Wednesday’s shortened trading session as investors appeared to shrug off sluggish economic data.  The broad market index added 0.51%, closing at 5,537.02. The Nasdaq Composite rose 0.88%, ending the session at 18,188.30, as megacap technology names such as Tesla and Nvidia rallied. Both indexes touched fresh all-time highs in the session and closed at records. The Dow Jones lost 23.85 points, or 0.06%, to end at 39,308.00.  US markets will be closed today for Independence day.



Company News & Broker Comments:

Company News:

3i Infrastructure have continued to outperform in Q1, winning notable new contracts.


Assura says that they have delivered on their strategic objectives in the first 3 months of their FY and they are well-placed to help support the NHS and the wider healthcare market. Their June 30th portfolio annualised rent roll came in at £149.2m vs £150.6m in March.


Spectris are to acquire SciAps Inc for up to £205m – £157m upfront plus £47m in deferred payments.


Victrex maintains their FY volume forecast as their Q3 volume increased 20% and their net debt stood at £39.6m. Their FY volume guidance remains unchanged.



Broker Comments:

HSBC Upgrades Bunzl to Buy (3 Buys / 7 Holds / 3 Sells)

Reporting Today:



3i Infastructure Ltd

Victrex PLC






Reporting Tomorrow:











In Focus Today:

UK Parliamentary Election

German Factory Orders

ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts



This Morning’s Ex-Dividends:

UK 100 companies going ex-dividend on 4th July 2024:





UK 250 companies going ex-dividend on 4th July 2024:


Murray International Trust

ICG Enterprise Trust

Bank of Georgia Group

Big Yellow Group

Paragon Banking Group

Workspace Group

Safestore Holdings


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