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Thu, 11 Dec, 2014
Not even the hope of more stimulus in China could help mining stocks on Thursday, as shares in the sector tanked on the back of global slowdown concerns.
Thu, 11 Dec, 2014
Investec came away from BP's seminar this week with largely positive comments, saying that the oil major delivered a "confident upstream update" despite the recent sharp drop in oil prices to below $65 a barrel.
Thu, 11 Dec, 2014
Cannaccord Genuity has maintained a 'hold' recommendation on Whitbread despite an in-line trading update from the Costa and Premier Inn owner on Thursday, warning of tougher comparatives ahead of the leisure company.
Wed, 10 Dec, 2014
Whitbread's third quarter interims on Thursday are expected to show 7.5% like-for-life growth at Premier Inn and 6.5% at Costa, according to Numis.
Wed, 10 Dec, 2014
Gareth Jones, chief executive at Gooch & Housego, has pocketed £342,500 after selling 0.5m shares at 685p each at the fibre optic company.
Wed, 10 Dec, 2014
Stocks in the oil producing and oil services sectors were hit by renewed selling pressure on Wednesday as crude prices dropped to fresh five-year lows.
Wed, 10 Dec, 2014
Deutsche Bank has downgraded its rating for Shell (to 'hold') but upgraded BP (to 'buy') as part of its review of the oil sector in light of the recent plunge in crude prices, now trading at their lowest levels in five years.
Wed, 10 Dec, 2014
Berenberg has repeated its 'buy' recommendation for Ashtead, saying the consensus forecasts should rise after the equipment-rental company's strong first half.
Wed, 10 Dec, 2014
When something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Shares of on-line fashion retailer Asos are trading at a price-to-earnings ratio of 54.3 versus a rating of between 30-35 times profits for well-established and successful technology firms such as ARM Holdings. Furthermore, while the company has maintained its growth target for sales next year at between 15% to 20%, that masks what should be an easy fourth quarter due to the fire at its depot at Barnsley this year. Then there is the no small matter of its accounting treatment for the insurance pay-out it received for the above incident. Simply put, it puzzled several analysts. On top of that, one should carefully ponder the implications of the slowdown seen in the firm's international sales. The shares are best avoided, writes The Times's Tempus.
Wed, 10 Dec, 2014
A pick-up in trading towards the end of the third quarter at N Brown should please the market, according to Peel Hunt, though a 'hold' recommendation was maintained for the stock.
Wed, 10 Dec, 2014
Deutsche Bank has downgraded its rating for Shell but upgraded BP as part of its review of the oil sector in light of the recent plunge in crude prices, now trading at their lowest levels in five years.
Wed, 10 Dec, 2014
Aberdeen: Citi downgrades to 'neutral' with a target price of 470p.
Tue, 09 Dec, 2014
Carillion has been "through the wars" as one analyst recently put it, after de-scaling its British construction business and the odd negative publicity surrounding its relationship with suppliers. However, a recent run of contract wins should put to rest any doubts about the company's work pipeline. The announcement that it has sealed a deal to re-develop the main stand at Anfield, for Liverpool FC's stadium, is simply the most well-known example. Furthermore, should rival Balfour Beatty finally be broken up then it may get a second chance to make off with the rest of that company. Nevertheless, the firm continues to face margins under pressure in Canada, as a result of weakness in the energy services market. The shares are a strong hold but until it gets that second chance the upside is limited, says The Times's Tempus.
Tue, 09 Dec, 2014
Another profit warning from Tesco shattered already-fragile sentiment in the supermarket sector on Tuesday with grocery stocks falling sharply.
Tue, 09 Dec, 2014
Ashtead's second quarter results are expected to reflect strong demand in the US and improving UK markets.
Tue, 09 Dec, 2014
Simon Troughton, senior independent director at Aberdeen Asset Management, on Tuesday bought 20,000 shares for 462p each.
Tue, 09 Dec, 2014
An in-line trading statement from online fashion retailer ASOS wasn't enough to change analysts' opinions on Tuesday as a number of brokerages remained on the fence about the stock.
Tue, 09 Dec, 2014
A surprise profit warning from Tesco on Tuesday sent its share price plummeting, though analysts still see more downside to the stock which has already halved since the start of the year.
Tue, 09 Dec, 2014
Lloyds Banking Group is the most at risk in the UK banking stress tests, according to Citigroup, ahead of the results due next week.
Tue, 09 Dec, 2014
A surprise profit warning from Tesco on Tuesday sent its share price plummeting, though analysts still see more downside to the stock which has already halved since the start of the year.
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