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Friday Email: 04 January 2019

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 new year has begun very quietly as is always the case for this time of the year with company reporting. In terms of trading the market is quite volatile with some big movements up and down over the recent trading days. The year ahead will be a roller coaster for UK and European markets especially as Brexit continues to exert its influence. The main influence on world markets will continue to be the US / China trade war and we were given a strong message from Apple as to the damage this can do just this week. Some commentators have argued that Apple has used it as an excuse, which may be partially true, but there is little doubt that the trade war continues to be a lose:lose situation as long as it goes on.

The weeks ahead are very quiet from a reporting perspective, but more volatility in the markets can be expected.

Going ex dividend next week with yields over 2% we have the BHP Special dividend (5.3%), Brewin Dolphin (3.6%), Paragon Banking Group (3.5%) and WH Smith for 2.2%.

This email was originally sent on Friday 04 January 2019

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