Friday Email: 07 August 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 continues to travel in a very narrow band and still is lacking any direction as is the norm for this time of the year. We have seen a lot of declarations with the majority being single digit increases mostly in line with our expectations. Unite pulled a big surprise by increasing their interim by 150%. This is that time of the year that I start to bulid up my watch list for the end of August / early September and next week it will be largely complete and published towards the end of the month. I have noticed a big pick up in the use of the website over the past week so perhaps I am not the only one who likes to bottom fish for targets in August.
The next couple of weeks are quieter but there is still a fair number of results coming through as the interim reporting season winds down somewhat. There are a huge number of ex-dividends coming up so plenty to go for as most of them are interims and at this time of the year the ex-dividend factor can often be short lived compared to big final dividends you see earlier in the year.
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Read next: 31 July 2015
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%.
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