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04Apr17 16:50 RNS Notification of First Quarter Trading Statement
03Apr17 14:30 RNS Voting rights and Capital 31 March 2017
27Mar17 17:50 RNS Director's Interest
24Mar17 17:20 RNS Transaction in Own Shares
23Mar17 17:34 RNS Transaction in Own Shares
22Mar17 17:21 RNS Transaction in Own Shares
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Breakfast Today

  • 06 Mar 17

Risk? What risk? Gold, the ultimate hedge against global uncertainty and rising inflation, on Friday fell to its lowest level since mid-February as a previously resilient market buckled under the rising expectation of an imminent hike in US interest rates. Fed Chair, Janet Yellen, added to such expectations on Friday predicting the pace of tightening was likely to accelerate in 2017. So what should we be worried about? Most certainly, inflation is back all around the globe, even in Japan, the most obvious economy beset with a long-term declining trend. The big question now is whether it will stick around and what damage could it do? It marks a turnaround from a year ago, when the word 'deflation' was closer to economists' lips. And historically, it has taken nine months for currency weakness to show up in inflation readings, which is the concern that possibly forms a recurring nightmare for Governor Carney and the reason why the markets a likely to be surprised with his aggression when he finally attacks the problem, even if he is brave enough to defer his first move into 2018. Asia probably is less concerned, given that pressures will moderate this year as the effects of government stimulus fades and Beijing turns its attention to damping-down asset bubbles. What about politics? Europe is, of course, the loose cannon here. Beaufort's formal opinion is that while the Eurozone is living on borrowed time, its calamity is more likely be the major talking point of 2018, rather than this year. Significantly, a poll released on Friday ahead of France's first round of its Presidential election on 23rd April, suggests Mr. Juppe could win the first round with 26.5%, ahead of Emmanuel Macron on 25% and Ms. Le Pen on 24%, although market researcher Odoxa notes that all three candidates are within a three-point margin of error. Should it be wrong, of course, a win for the National Front would likely accelerate the Eurozone's anticipated implosion, with the 27 counties then possibly separating into two separate lists of members; one being a 'Greater Germany' which would sustain some form of the Euro, the other being 'Club Med', whose members instead are forced to revert to their legacy currencies, suffering effective 20% plus devaluations in the process. Sitting aloof from all this right now is Chancellor Hammond who, basking in the glow of Sterling's Brexit-enforced devaluation, is preparing to reveal a sharp rise in this year's economic forecasts at Wednesday's Budget. He is expected to say that growth is set to rise above 2% in 2017. Although clearly not preparing for any significant give-away at this time, a near £12bn improvement in public borrowing compared with his Autumn Statement reflects surprising momentum over the past six months, even if February's weak service sector data released last week did look ominous. This morning, London is seen edging slightly lower, with the FTSE-100 expected down 5 to 10 points in opening trade, following just fractional gains amongst the US's three principal indices on Friday. A lacklustre Asia mostly put in modest gains, despite the Chinese government cutting its growth target to its lowest level in over two decades, although the Nikkei did fall into sharply the red after missiles being tested by fractious neighbour, North Korea, fell into its territorial waters. The only important macro data due to release today comes from the EU, which will publish its Sentix Investor Confidence survey for March and the US which provides Factory Orders for January. The UK is due to release earnings or trading updates this morning from second-liners including Devro (DVO.L), Harworth Group (HWG.L) and Plant Impact (PIM.L), although the traders will be more urgently seeking confirmation regarding weekend leaks that Aberdeen Asset Management (ADN.L) and Standard Life (SL..L) have agreed terms for a merger.

Breakfast Today

  • 01 Nov 16

"A flat to marginally positive market is seen for London this morning, with the blue-chip FTSE-100 expected to open up in excess of 15 points. With just a week before election day, politics remained the dominating talking point, with experts declaring that incriminating emails cited by the FBI in their probe into Hillary Clinton's exchanges could be uncovered in the next few days, while she continues to insist there is no case to answer. This kept the markets in a generally nervous mood, with all principal US indices closing fractionally down to cap a disappointing month during which the S&P-500 fell by 1.9% while the NASDAQ lost 2.3%. Asia was in a slightly better mood, with both the Hang Seng and the Shanghai Composite receiving a lift from better than expected official manufacturing PMI data from China, with the index rising to 51.2 for October, up from 50.4 in September, thereby beating expectations for the third straight month. By contrast Japan was in a more sombre mood, having shifted back its target date for achieving a level of 2% inflation from 2017 to 2018 following recent data, although the central bank still left its short-term interest rate target for commercial bank deposits at 0.1%. This left Japan with a fractional loss for the day, while the ASX gave back most of yesterday's gains through weaker commodity plays and financials as the Reserve Bank of Australia left interest rates unchanged at 1.5%. Today both the UK and the US are due to due to release manufacturing PMI figures, while the results season in full swing with a large number of corporates being scheduled to release earning or trading updates this morning, including BP (BP..L), Hastings Group (HSTG.L), MoneySupermarket (MONY.L), Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA.L), Shire (SHP.L), Standard Chartered (STAN.L), Virgin Money (VM..L) and Weir (WEIR.L)." - Barry Gibb, Research Analyst

Breakfast Today

  • 25 Aug 16

"Traders are now unlikely to take any large market bets until the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's two-day Monetary Policy Symposium at Jackson Hole, Wyoming has concluded. Top of the bill of course is Chair, Janet Yellen, who is formally scheduled to speak at 09:00hrs local time on Friday, but given the hype that has surrounded this event anything she finally divulges is likely to be considered something of an anti-climax as far as investors are concerned. Indeed, most probably she will continue to walk a fine line, offering positive but uncommitted descriptions of the current state of the US economy while keeping options open regarding a rate hike at the central bank's September meeting. That would leave the markets to tread water for a little longer yet. Overnight the US markets closed modestly weaker across all principal indices, giving back more than the previous day's gains, as concerns circulated in the media about possible political actions to tame escalating drug prices following the sharp increase imposed by Mylan Inc. on Epistem, its sever allergies treatment; crude oil also weakened again on further reflection of yesterday's surprisingly big build-up of US stockpiles, which was also seen to pressurise other recently well supported commodity prices. A lack of new stories in Asia left the regions equity markets to simply track the US, with the Shanghai Composite ending the session's the main casualty as the PBOC was seen injecting additional funds to stimulate otherwise lacklustre investor enthusiasm. Other than today's start of the Jackson Hole Symposium, macro releases due includes the CBI Distributive Trades Survey and the CML mortgage lending figures, while UK corporates due to publish earning numbers are Anglo Pacific Group (APF.L), CRH (CRH.L), Henry Boot (BHY.L), Jimmy Choo (CHOO.L), John Laing (JLG.L) and Spire Healthcare (SPI.L). The FTSE-100 is seen opening around 12 points lower in early, relatively low volume, trade." - Barry Gibb, Research Analyst