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Friday Email: 11 May 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 to rise and is approaching its all time high again following our successful call in the Friday email of 23rd March when we felt the correction was overdone. Since then, the FTSE 100 has risen from 6884 to 7700; a rise of 12% in quick time.

The past week has been relatively quiet with the customary 10% dividend increase from Imperial Brands

The week ahead sees a pick up in reporting activity as we see the March interim / year end results kick in.

Recent weeks have seen the ex-dividend picture look really good and this slows in the week ahead with only a small number of companies going ex-dividend for over 2% including Saga (4.5%), Inchcape (2.5%) and Clarkson for 2%. 

We are into May and the old adage of sell in May always comes to mind. It is always difficult to predict what will happen at this time of the year. We feel pretty bullish about the market on yield grounds. The FTSE 100 is only slightly up on the year and the dividend picture remains robust.

This email was originally sent on Friday 11 May 2018

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