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Friday Email: 30 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 had a better week and has now rallied approx. 170 points (approx 2.5%) from the recent low reached last week. Geo-political worries still dominate the overall mood and market volatility is quite high right now. Bid activity helped the market to some extent.

The past week has seen the end of the main reporting season and decent dividend increases came from Ferguson (they also declared a special with a share consolidation), S & U, Inland homes, Anglo Pacific and Hilton Foods Group.

The short week ahead starting next Tuesday becomes very quiet from a company reporting perspective with Walker Greenbank the only company that we cover reporting that week. From an ex-dividend perspective, it is far from quiet with a large number of dividends over 2% on offer including Direct Line (7.8% which comprises 3.5% Ordinary dividend and 3.9% Special dividend), Aviva (3.8%), John Laing Infrastructure fund (3.2%), Devro (3.1%), Hansteen (3%), Moneysupermarket (2.6%), Ultra Electronics (2.2%), St James's Place (2.5%), TP ICAP (2.2%), Travis Perkins (2.5%), IMI (2.3%) and Photo-Me International (2.3%). All of the companies mentioned are going ex their final dividend with the exception of Photo-Me who go ex for their interim dividend.

This email was originally sent on Friday 30 March 2018

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