Friday Email: 11 November 2016

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

Apologies for last week's incomplete Friday email. It was sent out early in error due to the clocks going back.

The FTSE 100 is up over 100 points on the week and almost hit 7000 again yesterday before slipping back to just over 6800.

The past week saw the surprise election of Donald Trump to the White House and it did not phase the UK market too much and the Dow Jones rose 300 points. As the result became clear, at one point the Dow was down over 800 points, so the turnaround was over 1000 points, which is remarkable by any standards. Somebody asked me why the market had risen and I did not know the answer, but on reflection I think I would now summise that corporations collectively impact the world more than politicians. The markets clearly believe at this stage that his election to president will not harm business and indeed that a businessman in the White House might be good for corporate America. One thing is for sure, when he speaks, the markets will be listening; probably more than to any other President in recent times.

Meanwhile, last week there were plenty of dividend increases; mostly single digit percentages. There were big increases from Sophos, Aveva and Auto Trader.

The week ahead is pretty busy with plenty of companies reporting to the market.

New into DividendMax this week at the request of members we have Edison Property Investment Trust and Foresight Solar Trust.

This email was originally sent on Friday 11 November 2016

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