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Friday Email: 01 September 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:

After a bad start to the week as a result of the Korean situation the FTSE 100 has rallied strongly over the past few days and is up on the week.

The past week saw another miner post a big dividend increase as Polymetal International increased their 2017 interim dividend by 55%. We also saw a solid 8% increase from Bunzl who increased their dividend for the 24th successive year. Ladbrokes Coral doubled their dividend as the merger goes to plan and Arrow Global continued to perform, raising their dividend by 18.5%. Meanwhile, Hays increased their ordinary dividend by 11% and paid their first ever special dividend and introduced a dividend policy similar to Photo-Me whereby they will pay out all net cash of over £50 million out in the form of special dividends going forward.

Those of you who read our Friday email of 11th August may well have been tempted by the 8.8% yield on offer from the single dividend from Evraz (Now ex-dividend). In addition to this the share price has now risen from the 259p at the time of writing on the 11th August to 334p at the open this morning for a 29% capital gain.

The week ahead is quiet from a company reporting perspective. Barratt should give us an idea as to the strength of the housing market when it produces its final results on Wednesday. This will be followed by bovis homes interims on the 7th September.

New into DividendMax this week at the request of members we have Optibiotix and Eddie Stobart Logistics.

As a result of the FTSE 100 / FTSE 250 reshuffle, we have also added Alfa Financial Software Ltd. and Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income fund.

This email was originally sent on Friday 01 September 2017

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