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Market report: Trade deal occupies investor minds while Quiz adds to retail gloom

UK stock markets stayed virtually flat at the start of a relatively quiet Wednesday with investors having relatively thin corporate news to provide direction and eyes firmly being fixed on the imminent signing of an initial US-China trade deal. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said tariffs on Chinese goods would not be repealed until the completion of a Phase 2 agreement, planting some ...

Market Report: SSE sells home energy supply business in dull end to the week

UK stock markets continue to drift sideways in early trade on Friday with little direction provided by corporate news on a typically quiet last day of the week’s trading. Banks are popular with both Lloyds (LLOY) and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) up more than 2% a piece, while private hospitals firm NMC Healthcare (NMC) and housebuilder Taylor Wimpey TW.) both sit at the head of the FTSE 100 ...

Market report: Pub group EI soars on takeover but online fashion retailer ASOS plunges on profit warning

UK corporate news is dominated on Thursday by takeovers and profit warnings as FTSE 250 pubs chain Ei Group (EIG) and one-time online fashion superstar ASOS (ASC:AIM) hit the headlines. Shares in the UK's largest pubs chain Ei soared more than 39% to 286p in early trade as investors react to an agreed takeover deal from Slug & Lettuce pubs owner Stonegate Pub Company. Controlled by ...

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 ...
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