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Market Report: Competition watchdog to probe Cobham sale, Kingfisher profits fall, Pendragon in the red

A mixed day for corporate reporting leaves UK markets without firm direction in early trade on Wednesday as investors weigh Government intervention in defence contractor Cobham’s (COB) planned £4bn sale with stabilised oil prices. There is also ongoing interest in what the US Federal Reserve may do with interest rates Stateside later today. Market watchers had been anticipating a cut but ...

Harry Nimmo's small cap trust in year of two halves, but performance should be judged over the longer term

Last year was very much one of two halves for the Standard Life UK Smaller Companies Trust (SLS). Managed by highly-rated stock picker Harry Nimmo, the investment trust aims to put money to work with lower risk, UK-quoted smaller companies, ones operating in growing markets where business momentum is ‘positive, predictable and improving’. Last year to 30 June the investment trust ...

Market report: National Grid probe, Halfords hit by profits slide but Cranswick rallies

Mining companies act as a drag on early deals on London’s stock market on Tuesday capping gains for a record-setting FTSE 100. The UK’s blue-chip index closed at 7,853.17 on Monday. In early trades on Tuesday the index is limited to single-digit progress, nudging the FTSE 100 to 7,860.62. There’s also shock news that energy watchdog Ofgem has opened an investigation into National Grid's ...

Adapt or die: The companies forced to transform as technology and markets evolve

Nothing stays the same forever and the best companies are those which are flexible and innovative enough to adapt. Without this capacity they risk becoming obsolete and are likely to face a steady decline in profit and cash flow until they eventually go bust or the remaining viable bits of the business are broken up and sold. The guiding motto of Andrew Grove, the man behind the rise of US ...
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