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Friday Email: 24 November 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 FTSE 100 has had a moderate week and is up around 30 points. The budget came and went with very little change and some pretty grim economic forecasts which resulted in a 75 point fall in the FTSE 100, which then rebounded slightly on Thursday.

The past week saw decent dividend increases from Diploma (16%), Homeserve (15%), Big Yellow (13%) and SSP Group (50%), Countryside Properties (147%) Euromoney Institutional Investor (33%) Paragon Banking Group (20%) and Majestic Wines by 33%.

The week ahead sees three fairly busy days on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with plenty of companies reporting. Monday and Friday are very quiet. There are a good number of companies going ex-dividend this coming Thursday with Bellway (2.4%) and Redefine International (3.5%) and providing the biggest yields from the single dividend. In the following two weeks company activity tails off and from the 15th December until the New Year things go very very quiet.

This email was originally sent on Friday 24 November 2017

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