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Friday Email: 08 November 2013

Every Friday morning our lead analyst Mark Riding sends out his weekly run-down and upcoming events in the investor calendar, like this one:

The market remains difficult to call and has been volatile this week going up, down, up, down from Monday to Thursday. The pattern looks set to end today with a second consecutive down day after the biggest fall on Wall Street for 2 months. Having said that, I would not bet against the yo-yo continuing. There is definitely momentum with equities as there has been a fairly large shift from bonds over the past 12-18 months, but this past week shows that there are nerves around after recent strong gains.

Last week saw the large caps; Associated British Foods, Imperial Tobacco, Experian and Tate & Lyle all produce decent dividend increases. The exception was Marks & Spencer which could only hold its dividend. The smaller companies did not do so well with Halfords reducing its dividend and others such as Cable and Wireless and Shanks only holding their dividend at last years level.

The ECB indicated that all is not as rosy as the markets think it is with a surprise cut in it's key refinancing rate from 0.5 to 0.25%.

The week ahead sees results from Babcock, Vodafone, Land Securities, Fenner, SSE, LSE, Sainsburys, British Land, Great Portland Estates, Electrocomponents, Amlin and recent dividend of the week, ICAP, to name just a few. A number of companies go ex-dividend this coming Wednesday including British Sky Broadcasting, GlaxoSmithkline, Royal Dutch Shell, Home Retail and Marks and Spencer.

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