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Market report: UK stocks make modest gains despite De La Rue's survival warning and Compass drag

UK stock markets opened largely flat in early trade on Tuesday but there is plenty of corporate news to grab the attention of investors, not least banknote printer De La Rue (DLAR) crashing after warning that it may not survive. Shares in the company plunge more than 16% to 146.6pm the worst performer on the FTSE All-Shares, after telling investors that there is a ‘material uncertainty that ...

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: Thomas Cook axes dividend after second profit alert in three months

Holidays provider Thomas Cook (TCG) has issued its second profit warning in three months and axed its dividend as it struggles to against a slump in bookings. In September the sun and sea breaks operator blamed this year’s flaming hot summer weather for a cut to its full year underlying profit forecast, slashing guidance from £323m to £280m. Thomas Cook now expects underlying earnings ...

F&C Private Equity Trust looks for better second half powered by 'Weird' t-shirts and Mexican food

A Mexican themed restaurant, a Welsh builders’ merchant, T-shirts seller Weird Fish and the UK’s second biggest pet store chain are among the eclectic band of investments held within F&C Private Equity Trust (FPEO). And while the six months to 30 June was muted in net asset value (NAV) growth terms, investment manager Hamish Mair (pictured below) expects the second half ‘will see ...

Market report: Dividend resumption boosts RBS, Pets at Home sets investors purring

Although the momentum of the blue-chip benchmark has stalled since it hit new record highs in late May, London’s FTSE 100 recovers some of yesterday’s losses early on, ticking 39 points higher to 7,615. In corporate news, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) rises 3.1% to 257.8p as half year results not only reveal adjusted profitability comfortably ahead of consensus forecasts, but the bank also ...
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