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Friday Email: 23 March 2018

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 continued its bad run this week and is now trading below 7000 for the first time in over a year. It currently stands at 6884, down over 750 points on the year, almost 10%. It is starting to look overdone to me, but markets can and often do stretch the nerves of investors.

The past week has been quite busy and with some good dividend increases including Softcat (13.8%), Mortgage Advice Bureau (17%), Bellway (28%), Polypipe (9.9%), Ted Baker (12.1%) and Sanne Group for 31.3%.

The week ahead is also reasonably busy with a good level of corporate activity albeit we are slowing down now as the main reporting season draws to a close.

Going ex-dividend this week with a dividend yielding more than 2% from the single payout we have 4imprint (4% - 2.4% from a special and 1.6% from their final ordinary dividend) and Bovis Homes with 2.7% from their final dividend.

This email was originally sent on Friday 23 March 2018

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