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Friday Email: 07 April 2017

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 past week has seen the FTSE 100 slip by around 65 points and is now trading just above 7300, so the market is continuing to hold up well.  After the hectic activity of the past few weeks we saw a big slowdown in corporate reporting and a large number of companies going ex dividend on Thursday including Lloyds Banking Group, Next, Berendsen, GKN, Aviva, Hikma, St James's place, Rentokil and Paddy Power Betfair.

We saw big dividend increases from Central Asia Metals and Next Fifteen, but there was little else of note.

The week ahead is also quiet with Tesco and JD Sports Fashion reporting. Tesco has not paid a dividend since 2014 and a return to the dividend list is not forecast by many analysts. We expect them to start paying dividends again in the next financial year.

As with the week just past there are once again a large number of companies going ex dividend which will drag on the market. Those with a single dividend yield of over 2.5% include Savills (2.64%), Chesnara (3.33%), eSure (4.35%), International Personal Finance (4.58%) (Belvoir 3.37%) and Twenty Four income fund (2.53%)

New into DividendMax this week at the request of members we have Anglo Pacific and Stock Spirits group.

This email was originally sent on Friday 07 April 2017

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