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Market report: Pearson plunges as finance boss quits, Premier Inn owner Whitbread blames uncertainty for fall in room sales

The FTSE 100 confounded expectations by opening lower this morning, despite the US and China signing off on the first phase of their trade deal. US stocks rallied last night following the signing with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones hitting all-time highs, but UK stocks evidently haven’t followed suit. Perhaps the market is more concerned about what’s not in the trade deal rather than what ...

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: Vodafone ticks higher on TowerCo IPO excitement, Pearson improves after raising guidance

Despite a drag from miners, London’s FTSE 100 recovered by 10.9 points to trade at 7,500 on Friday with the FTSE 250 up 41.6 points to 19,862, as Vodafone (VOD) jumped on plans to create a separate European tower company and education firm Pearson (PSON) perked up on a positive trading missive. Mobile giant Vodafone rose 7.4% to 142p on news it will legally separate its towers business into ...

Market report: Takeovers enliven Friday trade as Provident and Dairy Crest accept bids, Metro Bank wins £120m competition cash

Investors have a couple of interesting takeovers to concentrate on in early trade on Friday as lender Provident Financial (PFG) and Cathedral City cheese maker Dairy Crest (DCG) recommend bids to shareholders. Provident, the £1.3bn business behind Vanquis credit cards, accepts a £1.3bn offer tabled subprime lending peer Non-Standard Finance (NSF). Interestingly, NSF was founded in 2014 by ...

Why some investors are unhappy with structure of Pearson’s school textbook unit sale

The dip in academic publisher Pearson’s (PSON) share price despite news of the divestment of its structurally-challenged K12 US school textbook business could reflect the fact the deal does not represent the clean break the market is looking for. Pearson shares fall 0.7% to 913.8p as the $250m sale of K12 to Nexus Capital Management involves just $25m up front with the remainder being paid ...

Market report: Reckitt beats forecasts, McColl's looks to move on from dreadful year

The FTSE 100 starts the week on the back foot although it is still holding on to a position north of 7,200, down 0.37% at 7,210.16 in early trading. An uptick in the pound contributing to the weaker open. Consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser (RB.) reports a 65% drop in annual profit owing to one-off gains and expenses but underlying earnings are up as the company hit the top end of its sales ...
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