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Date Source Announcement
23Mar17 07:00 RNS Result of Open Offer
06Mar17 07:00 RNS Tongo-Tonguma Updated Presentation
01Mar17 07:00 RNS Directors' Dealings
27Feb17 07:30 RNS Restoration - Stellar Diamonds Plc
27Feb17 07:00 RNS Placing, Restoration of Trading and Open Offer
24Feb17 14:00 RNS Amendments to Convertible Loan Notes
23Feb17 07:00 RNS Fundraise and Suspension Update
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Breakfast Today

  • 28 Feb 17

Later today, President Trump is expected to transform his posturing of the past four months into genuine policy priorities. White House officials have suggested that his State of the Union Address, which is due to start at 21:00hrs ET, will detail proposals to simplify the tax code and dismantle Obamacare. Markets are, of course, aware that anything less than expected on stimulus or, perhaps, more aggression on trade policy could well result in a sharp sell-off. Indeed, given that the Dow Jones has risen almost 14% since November's election, some further disclosures may be required to keep its 'plates spinning'. Yesterday, however, US equities were again seen to reverse early caution, with all three principal indices once more closing in the positive albeit with just fractional movements. Early profit taking in utilities and other high-yielders did threaten to break the Dow Jones's sweep of what has now become 12 consecutive record closes, but the wall of money liberated from global bond sell-off rapidly found its way into US equities as news leaked out regarding the scale of additional spending the Republicans are proposing to hurl at the national defence budget. Officials yesterday suggested they would be seeking a much higher than consensus US$54bn funding increase, which they intend to offset with cuts from non-military agencies and foreign aid. In fact, the President was yesterday scheduled to send all Federal Agencies his 2018 budgetary blueprint, of which a complete proposal is expected to be made public in the springtime. One downside for the Department of Defense, however, is that such a dramatic funding boost is unlikely to secure Congress approval without extended negotiation, meaning spending will likely end up frozen at the 2016 level for the remainder of this year. Asian equities by contrast ended mixed this morning, with the Nikkei's early gains given back to finish unchanged on news that industrial output unexpectantly fell last month, while the two Chinese indices went in opposite directions and the ASX remained soft on weak commodity prices. The biggest surprise coming from the large spread of macro data released across the globe yesterday was January's Eurozone business confidence index, which rose to its highest since before the financial crisis, suggesting heightened uncertainty ahead of key elections has yet to dent confidence among the region's business leaders. Perhaps less surprising, but still somewhat cautionary, was this morning's hit on UK consumer confidence for February detailed in the Gfk survey, which suggests that personal finances are now starting to notice the effects of Sterling devaluation. Looking elsewhere, the US is due to publish another large batch of statistics ahead of Trump addressing the joint-session of Congress, including Q4 GDP figures, Wholesale Inventories, Personal Consumption, Chicago PMI and Consumer Confidence numbers. Speeches are due from the Fed's Bullard and FOMC's Williams, which may provide additional hints regarding timing of future interest rate policy, although Fed Funds presently indicate only a 30% change of a rate hike at the March meeting. Being in the middle of the results season, a good number of UK corporates are due to release earnings or trading updates, including Provident Financial (PFG.L), Meggitt (MGGT.L), Taylor Wimpey (TW..L), Greggs (GRG.L), Revolution Bars (RBG.L), GKN (GKN.L) and Fresnillo (FRES.L). Assuming no particular fireworks emanating from the these, London is expected to have a relatively subdued opening, with the FTSE-100 seen rising between 5 and 10 points in early trade.

Breakfast Today

  • 20 Feb 17

"There is was, gone. Having swallowed Kraft in a 2015 deal engineered by Warren Buffett, Heinz enlivened Friday's otherwise lacklustre trading by putting a US$50/share deal on the table for Unilever (ULVR.L). Most thought the 'merger dance' between the two giant consumer groups had only just begun. Following Unilever's initial rejection, a formal proposal was expected to emerge in less than one month ahead of an improved 'final' offer being made in order to finally arrive at a recommended deal. In the process, this sparked speculative excitement from peers like Reckitt Benckiser (RB..L) and PZ Cussons (PZC.L), prompting traders to asking if this might be the starting gun for a new 2017 wave of M&A, led by US groups enjoying the recent Trump-inspired strength of the US$. Huge potential synergies were eyed from such a merger, that would only need Unilever to lift operating margins half way to Heinz's own for the deal to wash its face on the initial terms while also creating a consumer powerhouse to rival Nestlé. An extended period of regulatory abeyance would, of course, be anticipated as swinging conditions are set by international monopolies authorities and politicians, although a team as experienced as Heinz's would have already second-guessed the likely outcome. So Sunday morning's surprise 'amicable' withdrawal, having concluded that a protracted public battle for control would cause more damage than good, comes as a big surprise, big enough in fact to consider that behind the scenes a deal is still being cooked? This time maybe on a friendly basis, emerging perhaps in a few months with a more generous outcome for Unilever shareholders? Donald Trump's rather bazaar weekend rally in Florida does not appear to have knocked the market's confidence in his determination to deliver on reflationary campaign pledges. Following Wall Street upward but uninspiring close on Friday, the Asian markets were generally mixed, with the Chinese markets leading the gains, as the Nikkei trod water and ASX suffered some modest profit taking in minerals groups and financials. UK Macro data due today includes the Rightmove House Price Index and the CBI Industrial Trends Survey for February, with nothing other than a scheduled speech from the FOMC's Loretta Mester due from the US London equities appeared not particularly concerned by Friday's Retail Sales data, which confirmed UK consumers are starting to feel the Brexit pinch, slipping for the third consecutive month, after hitting a 14-year high in October, leaving them to primarily to reflect on corporates due to report earnings or trading updates including Bovis Homes (BVS.L), Dorcaster (DAR.L), Feedback (FDBK.L), Fishing Republic (FISH.L) and Hammerson (HMSO.L). Overall, however, the UK markets are seen continuing to bask in the reflection of Friday Unilever bid with traders, who appear convinced that there is more to the Unilever story than presently meets the eye, seen pushing the FTSE-100 to a 20 point gain in early trading." - Barry Gibb, Research Analyst