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Market report: Imperial Brands wafts lower on warning, Pearson also feels the pain

London’s FTSE 100 rose 30.4 points to 7,320.4 on Thursday thanks to strength in utilities, oil producers, miners and insurers. The most heavily-traded stock by volume was British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines (IAG), which saw its shares fall 3.9% to 461.5p after downgrading earnings guidance. Imperial Brands (IMB) wafted 9.8% lower to £18.63 on a full year profit ...

Market report: Bunzl posts acquisitions-boosted profits on quiet day for UK corporate news, FTSE 100 higher

British business supplies distributor Bunzl (BNZL) posts a modest 3.9% rise in first half pre-tax profit to £257.9m, driven by gains from recent acquisitions. The FTSE 100 company completed three acquisitions in the period, and there’s another one announced today. Bunzl has snapped up Oslo-based catering equipment supplier Enor, whose customers include hotels, restaurants, hospitals and fast ...

Shares in GoCompare and Moneysupermarket hit by Amazon insurance comparison site threat

Reports that Amazon could enter the insurance price comparison market have spooked investors in three UK-listed companies active in this space. Shares in GoCompare (GOCO), Moneysupermarket (MONY) and Confused.com owner Admiral (ADM) fell hard at the UK market open in response, although their losses have since been pared back. GoCompare initially slumped by nearly 10% but the losses have ...

Market report: Price comparison sites hit by Amazon reports, Kingfisher and Rank fail to impress

Price comparison websites could be the latest industry ripe for disruption as reports suggest that Amazon is mulling a move into the space. According to reports, the US online sales giant has been talking to some of Europe’s top insurance firms to see if they would contribute products to an Amazon UK price comparison website. This would be Amazon’s first major move into financial services ...

The guru playbook: How to apply the same strategies as Warren Buffett and other famous investors 

Many investors are fascinated by how certain investors got to be so famous, searching for the special formula that made the likes of Warren Buffett and Philip Fisher so rich. Well now’s your chance to mimic their approach and apply their proven methodology to today’s market. We show you two ways to deploy their process. The first uses stock screeners built using Stockopedia’s ...

Better apart: Why company break-ups can release hidden value and benefit shareholders

Demergers are back in fashion with five companies in the FTSE 350 index each preparing to split into two separately-listed entities. Another one has just completed its split and there are rumours that a further FTSE 350 stock could spin off one of its businesses. Unbundled companies often flourish because they have the freedom to be more entrepreneurial and not be part of a larger company where ...

Five big questions raised by ZPG’s ‘opportunistic’ takeover approach for GoCompare

Price comparison site GoCompare (GOCO) has rejected two takeover proposals from Zoopla-owner ZPG (ZPG). The suitor is now said to be considering its options ahead of a 12 December ‘put up or shut up’ deadline. Both proposals (one in May and another in November) valued the business at £460m or 110p per share; the first was structured as an all-share deal and the second was a mixture of ...
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