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Friday Email: 22 February 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 FTSE 100 has fallen around 50 points this week. It has been very busy with a large number of declarations and this is set to continue into next week as it gets busier with a large number of companies from the FTSE 350 reporting to the market.

The dividend growth picture remains subdued compared to previous years, but yields remain attractive.

FTSE 100 companies reporting next week include Rentokil, RSA, Evraz, British American Tobacco, Howden, Bunzl, Persimmon, London Stock Exchange, ITV, St. James' Place, CRH, Croda, International Consolidated Airlines, Hiscox, Rio Tinto, Standard Chartered, Taylor Wimpey and WPP.

Going ex-dividend this coming Thursday with yields in excess of 2% we have Easyjet (4.5%), WYG (3.8%) Shoe Zone for their Final and their Special dividend (both 8p or 3.5% each), Barclays (2.5%), Alumasc (2.5%), Micro Focus (2.4%), Regional Reit (2.4%) and Astra Zeneca for 2.4%.

This email was originally sent on Friday 22 February 2019

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