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17Mar17 07:02 RNS Director Declaration
01Mar17 16:04 RNS Royal Mail response to Ofcom Review
01Mar17 07:18 RNS Royal Mail response to Ofcom statement
01Feb17 10:09 RNS Director Declaration
19Jan17 07:00 RNS Nine Months 2016-17 Trading Update
16Jan17 10:00 RNS Director/PDMR Shareholding
05Jan17 08:15 RNS Royal Mail Pension Plan Consultation
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Breakfast Today

  • 20 Jan 17

Today is Trump's day. While the world at large may have been shocked by his confrontation attitude, sneered at his apparent lack of sophistication, dismissed his aggression and criticized obvious conflicts of interest, global markets still have to ask themselves whether in fact he is their corporate saviour? Were the UK's Brexit vote and Trump's US victory actually flashing red lights as to prospective disintegration within the fabric of western society? Was the President-elect the only one smart enough to understand that a US crisis, possibly more obviously moral than economic, as deep as the great depression that faced Roosevelt back in the late 1920s is looming and, more to the point, that he is the only one with the courage to fix it? Time will tell but, of course, getting his revolutionary agenda - which includes the creation of 25m new jobs, more than halving corporation and personal taxes, applying swinging border and import controls, while throwing out the bulk of Federal regulation - through is now the giant challenge. Whether he eventually achieves this through a mixture of threats, coercion, bribery and possibly even charm, or finds himself so bamboozled by Congress that he simply walks off in a huff halfway through his first term in office, for sure Donald Trump is already assured that he will be more than just a footnote in American history. Contemplating all this last night, the principle US indices all struggled to make headway ending slightly down, with some considering the markets had become rather overbought in their push to see the Dow Jones break through the 20,000 marker. Traders gleaned little new from either of Janet Yellen or Theresa May's speeches yesterday, although US Treasuries still suffered their biggest sell-off in four weeks as investors became increasingly resolved to the idea of the Fed kicking off its round of rate hikes sooner rather than later. Asia ended mixed, with the Shanghai Composite making a reasonable gain on news that Chinese economic growth for 2016 came out at 6.7%, comfortably within Beijing's target range and providing relief given evidence of slow industrial activity during the fourth quarter; the Hang Seng and ASX just followed the US market lead into modest losses. Today, the UK Prime Minister is scheduled to meet with senior executives from Wall Street, while London is also due to publish December Retail Sales data along with earnings or trading updates from a few UK second-liners like Bonmarche (BON.L), Brainjuicer (BJU.L) and Midatech Pharma (MTPH.L) and, later this afternoon, a few US majors including General Electric and Procter & Gamble are expected to publish their quarterlies. In reality, however, all this will fade into the background with the new President takes to the microphone afternoon. Awaiting this, London is seen opening in a quiet, contemplative mood with the FTSE-100 seen 5 points either side of unchanged in early trading.

Breakfast Today

  • 18 Nov 16

"Fed Chair Janet Yellen yesterday gave her strongest comments to date in favour for a policy tightening in December, telling Congress an increase could be "appropriate relatively soon." She also warned that there would be an eventual price to pay for Donald Trump's 'big government spending', in the form of inflation and a spiralling national debt. The immediate result, however, was for the Dollar to extend its rally during the Asian session, pushing it beyond the Y110 mark for the first time in five months, as yesterday's housing, jobless and inflation data also demonstrated the US to be in its best health for a decade. Another result of this was for the gap between US and German government-bond yields to widen to a 27-year high, as investors placed their bets on Trump's administration sparking an extended phase of expansion, against Europe's political risks, highlighted by Italy's forthcoming Referendum and next years' elections in Germany and France which, some believe, could potentially foster sufficient national tensions to threaten the very existence of the EU. This all blew warm winds over the US equities, with all three principal indices rising once again, as financials and technology stocks celebrated the overnight news. Asia was less convinced, with only Japan putting in a strong performance, sending the Nikkei to a 10-month high in early morning trade as the export-led territory welcomed the weakening Yen. By comparison, the Shanghai Composite closed weaker and other local markets made just fractional movements, as traders considered tomorrow's start of the APEC economic leaders conference in Peru which will discuss cooperation programmes in the Asia Pacific, Trump's proposals for protectionist tariffs and Xi Jinping's vision of the FTAAP following the anticipated collapse of TTIP. Providing no strong direction for London's opening, the FTSE-100 is seen gaining 10 or so points in early trade. There are no significant UK data releases scheduled for today, although a speech by the Bank of England's Ben Broadbent will be studied for any hints regarding of Phillip Hammond's forthcoming Autumn Statement while, later this afternoon the Fed's John Williams may reflect on Janet Yellen's Testimony. UK corporates due to report earnings or trading updates include Electrocomponents (ECM.L), Fuller, Smith & Turner (FSTA.L) and Jimmy Choo (CHOO.L)." - Barry Gibb, Research Analyst

Breakfast Today

  • 20 Jul 16

"A quiet opening across Europe this morning is expected to see the FTSE rise around 25 points early trading. US sentiment is likely to be the principal driver, with the post-meeting statement from policy makers at the Federal Reserve suggesting they now see the economy having stronger foundations than was apparent back in June. While the central bank is still expected to leave rates unchanged at next week’s meeting while it collects more economic data, expectations for its first move since December 2015 now appear to have risen sharply, with the hot money now pointing at September. Brexit meanwhile appears to have cast a shadow over the proposed far reaching EU:US trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or ‘TTIP’, that has been in negotiation since 2013. With the UK set to leave the table, more protectionist countries now appear to have picked up the negotiating mantel, which potentially threatens hopes of getting the deal signed before the end of Obama’s presidency. As a result, US shares closed mixed with the Dow Jones to chalking up its eighth consecutive albeit modest rise, keeping it firmly in record territory while the other principal indices gave back some of their recent gains on profit taking in technology stocks. Asian shares traded similarly this morning, as overnight US$ strength sapped Japanese investor’s confidence in the overall scope of BoJ’s much anticipated stimulus measures, leaving the Nikkei the region’s biggest loser as the Shanghai Composite and Hang Seng went in opposite directions. One of London’s main talking points today will be the meeting between Theresa May and Angela Merkel that is due to take place in Berlin. The UK is also due to release unemployment figures this morning, while corporates includingSevern Trent, Johnson Matthey, Anglo American, Fresnillo and Talk Talk are due to release results or trading updates." - Barry Gibb, Research Analyst