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Market report: Babcock takeover rebuffed, Kier rethinks strategy as airlines come under Lufthansa pressure

UK investors begin the week with takeover talk to digest after defence contractor Babcock (BAB) admits it turned down approaches of a tie-up from outsourcing peer Serco (SRP). There is also a strategy overhaul reported by troubled construction firm Kier (KIE) and a profit warning from German airline Lufthansa to mull, the latter hurting UK listed airlines that have been struggling with rising ...

Market report: Profits slump at struggling Marks & Spencer as dividend cut and discounted rights issue unveiled

UK investors are on the front foot in early trade on Wednesday as they eye the promise of progress on a softer Brexit deal and are buoyed by firm markets in New York and Asia overnight. The benchmark FTSE 100 opens roughly 34 points higher at 7,362.92, closing on May highs of 7,385, and batting off a series of corporate announcement disappoints. They include Marks & Spencer ...

Market report: FTSE 100 plunges to two-year low on US slowdown fears, DS Smith continues slide

UK stocks fall in line with continental Europe and US index futures as worries over the strength of the US economy begin to weigh on sentiment. In early trade the FTSE 100 index gives up almost 2% to 6,792.10, a new two-year low, while the FTSE 250 gives up 1.5% to a low for the year of 17,995 points. Tomorrow sees the release of three closely-watched indicators of the health of the US economy ...

Market report: Royal Mail set for FTSE 100 exit as markets drift on limited corporate news

All eyes are on Royal Mail (RMG) ahead of the FTSE 100 re-shuffle next Tuesday. With the shares trading down another 2% to 317p on Friday, its current market capitalisation of just over £3.2bn. That puts it in 119th spot in terms of valuation on the UK stock market, well below the 110th place cut-off, meaning it will automatically be ejected from the blue-chip index. This sums up a ...

Market report: Bear raids, tobacco ban talk, plus Garfunkel’s owner taps market for Wagamama cash

Cigarettes giant British American Tobacco (BATS) heads the FTSE 100 lower board on Monday following newspaper reports that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to ban menthol cigarettes. The story emerged from the Wall Street Journal over the weekend and it has got investors in BAT worried, with shares in the group slumping 9% in early trade to £31.07. BAT owns Newport, which is the ...

Market report: Kingfisher profits slump to head FTSE 100 losers, Tesco launches Jack’s discount chain

One of Europe’s biggest home improvement retailers, B&Q-owner Kingfisher (KGF) reported a 15% fall in half year profits after a poor performance in France. Pre-tax profits fell 30.1% to £281m for the six months to the 31 July. The group said the business in France, Castorama ‘remains weak’, which is a blow to investors whom might have hoped for more encouraging noises. That’s ...

Market report: Correction carnage continues to hit markets, just a single FTSE 100 stock up in early trading

UK investors batten down the hatches in early trade on Tuesday as the bloodbath on global stock markets continues. Asian markets plunged overnight taking the lead of the Dow Jones which registered its largest points fall in history. UK investors are rightly rattled as they ponder whether this is simply a correction after a prolonged run for share prices, or if there is something far more ...
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