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Friday Email: 15 May 2015

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 has been volatile this past week and saw sharp falls on Tuesday as the equity markets fell in reaction to worries about Greece and a sell off in global bond markets. There has been a mild recovery since then and the FTSE 100 is sitting just below 7000. It is sell in May time though and you wonder if, with the removal of the election uncertainty, the old adage will persevere this year. Personally, I am pretty bullish about the markets between now and the end of the year.

In the week past there was a decent dividend increase from Compass of over 11% which was welcome. The stumble in Easyjet was an excuse for traders to take profits. They were at a level that valued them fairly and any short term weakness due to the French air traffic control strike could be seen by investors as an opportunity to look at this very well run company again. As a model portfolio constituent, it was disappointing to see such an adverse reaction on the back of a one-off situation, but it still remains up on the year. Another model portfolio constituent fared very well this week as TalkTalk was up nearly 6% on Thursday to record a 27.5% increase in the year so far. Other than that, there were no shocks and most companies either held their dividend or produced modest increases; below 10%.

The week ahead is very busy with around 40 companies reporting including a good number of FTSE 100 heavyweights including Babcock, Vodafone, Royal Mail, Land Securities, Burberry, Marks and Spencer, SSE, National Grid and United Utilities. 



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