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Yesterday 19.02.2018


FTSE still flat

The FTSE 100 remains little changed this afternoon. It's currently down 0.3% at 7,276.67.

Reckitt Benckiser, whose shares are still almost 7% lower, is holding onto its position as the biggest loser on the index.

Evraz is the biggest winner, trading almost 4% higher, after it announced a new long term deal with Russian Railways.


Reckitt share price fall deepens

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Reckitt Benckiser's share price fall has deepened since this morning with them now trading almost 7% lower.

The household products maker, whose brands include Durex and Dettol, reported flat annual sales for the year.

The share price fall - if it lasts today - will result in its worst day of trading in almost seven years.

"The return to growth in last quarter should be a positive sign but investors are still a little spooked by the preceding quarters and uncertain about whether management is righting the ship," says ETX Capital analyst Neil Wilson.


Pound slips lower

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Much like the gray and rainy weather this morning the pound appears to be feeling a bit lacklustre.

It's currently lower against both the dollar and euro, slipping 0.09% to $1.40180 against the dollar and 0.12% to €1.12890 against the euro.

Analysts say investors are nervous ahead of official employment data due on Wednesday.

"If we were just to choose one economic data release for sterling, it's got to be the earnings numbers now," said Rabobank currency strategist Jane Foley.

"The Bank of England has hung its hat on the assumption that there will be wage inflation ... and that Brexit will be smooth. The signal they gave us that they are positioning for a May interest rate hike relies on this assumption," she added.


McColl's shares drop

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McColl's annual results - published this morning - haven't gone down well with investors.

The convenience store chain's shares initially plunged 11%, but have since recovered slightly and are now trading 4% lower.

GlobalData analyst Molly Johnson-Jones says the fall is due to McColl's warning that the collapse of wholesaler Palmer & Harvey had hit recent sales.

However, she says she doesn't think this will be a long term issue: "Once this disruption subsides, McColl’s appears on track to continue to grow operating margins above the 2.7% that it currently achieves."


Reckitt shares slump on flat earnings

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Shares in household goods giant Reckitt Benckiser have fallen 2.8% or 183p to 6,385p after it posted flat revenue figures today.

The Durex-to-Dettol company reported full year revenue figures of £11.5bn, although total reported growth was 21%.

Meanwhile analysts at Liberium have rated the company as a buy with an 8,000 target price.


FTSE 100 opens slightly up

The FTSE 100 opened up 0.14% at 7,304.95 this morning.

That follows Friday's 0.83% rise.



London shares close up

The FTSE 100 has finished up 59.89 points at 7,294.70.

The FTSE 250 is ahead 158.88 points at close to 19,733.64.


London stocks on the up

The FTSE 100 is heading towards the end of the week on a positive note.

The index of blue chip stocks has added 45.12 points to 7,279.93. Shares in property manager Segro is leading the risers, up 6.1% at 589.40p after announcing strong full-year results.

Mining group Randgold Resources is the biggest faller on Friday, with its shares down 2.2% at £63.02.

The FTSE 120 is up 148.31 points at 19,723.07.


FTSE higher

The FTSE 100 has opened 0.6% higher at 7,278 points.



Standard Life Aberdeen shares slide

The FTSE 100 is holding onto gains on Thursday afternoon.

The blue chip index of leading stocks is trading up 29.85 points at 7,243.82, led by the insurer Old Mutual which is ahead 3.8% at 248.5p.

Standard Life Aberdeen, on the other hand, is the biggest faller, down 8% at 357.9p after Lloyds Banking Group dumped a £109bn asset management contract with the recently merged group.

The FTSE 250 is up 133.23 points at 19,581.61.

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