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Friday Email: 31 July 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 FTSE 100 index has had a good week rising almost 100 points by the close of play on Thursday. It has been a very busy week on the corporate front with over 50 dividend declarations, mostly interim dividends. Concentrating on those who increased their dividend by 15% or more we had Henderson Group increasing by 19.2%, Schroders by 21%, RPS by 15%, Man Group by 35%, 4Imprint by 15%, Greggs by 23%, Rightmove by 23%, St james's Place by 20%, ITV by 36%, Dominos Pizza by 15% and Provident Financial by 15%.

Next week is also very busy with around 30 companies that we cover reporting to the market.

The Stock Market is currently lacking any strong momentum, but we are happy with the levels of dividend increases that we are seeing across the board and there are no major alarm bells for the income investor. The spectre of higher intrerest rates is still there, but we expect this to be of minimal impact as rate rises will take a long time to come through because Central banks are aware that cheap money has become the norm and that big rises in interest rates will impact demand in the real economy disproportionally at this point in time.

This email was originally sent on Friday 31 July 2015

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