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Winners and losers among housebuilder, portal and estate agent shares as housing market is defrosted

The housing market is emerging from hibernation but as investors in directly related sectors like housebuilders and estate agents count the cost of lockdown they have seen a significant divergence in share price performance. There are a number of factors behind these disparities. A look at the table of year-to-date performance suggests that financial strength has been a clear dividing line but ...

Market report: UK stocks up on record US close, Sainsbury sales fall, Purplebricks exits US

UK stock markets responds to new record highs for US shares overnight as trade tensions loosen between the US and China ease off ahead of the 4 July holiday in the States. The S&P 500 finished the session up 0.3% at 2,973.01 while the technology heavy Nasdaq Composite closed 0.2% up at 8,109.09. That mood leaks across the pond to UK stocks with the benchmark UK index FTSE 100 rallying ...

Market report: GardaWorld walks away from G4S, Domino's down on overseas disappointment

US President Donald Trump’s latest trade war tariff threat weighs on sentiment on Tuesday, with the FTSE 100 cheapening 17.4 points to 7, 363.2. However, weakness among banks and utilities is being softened by strength among pharma and mining stocks and investors are perhaps taking some comfort in the news that China’s vice-premier Liu He will travel to the US for another round of trade talks ...

Market report: Superdry soars on special dividend and trading recovery; Primark fails to halt ABF sugar sell-off

Fashion chain Superdry (SDRY) on Thursday posted double-digit growth in full year revenue and underlying pre-tax profit, helped by its wholesale segment, sending its share price racing to the top of the FTSE All-Share in early trade. The company has also declared a special dividend worth 25p per share. Reported pre-tax profit fell to £65.3m, from £84.8m in the previous year due to currency ...

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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