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Friday Email: 25 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 fallen this week by about 40 points after hitting an all time high of 7896 by the close on Tuesday, then falling sharply on Wednesday and Thursday to reach 7716 and it is currently trading at 7747.

The past week has been very busy with a large number of companies reporting to the market with dividend increases being generally solid across the board.

The week ahead following the bank holiday is very quiet with only a handful of companies reporting as we head into a quiet part of the reporting year. This quieter period lasts until mid July.

Going ex-dividend this week with yields in excess of 2% from the single dividend we have Taylor Wimpey's special dividend (5.2%), Marks and Spencer (3.9%), Headlam Group (3.8%), National Grid (3.5%), Arrow Global (2.9%), VPC Speciality Lending (2.5%) and Keller with 2.3%.

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