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Europe close: Stocks edge up after May PMIs
(Sharecast News) - European stocks were mostly firmer on Thursday, buoyed by the latest reading on eurozone business activity and blowout earnings from US tech giant Nvidia.
FTSE 250 movers: Drax and Pennon hit by political risk
(Sharecast News) - Drax Group was struggling at the bottom of the pile on a down day for the second-tier index.
Director dealings: SSP CEO raises stake
(Sharecast News) - SSP revealed on Thursday that chief executive Patrick Coveney had acquired 40,000 ordinary shares in the FTSE 250-listed food and beverage outlet operator.
US open: Stocks mixed following Nvidia earnings, data points
(Sharecast News) - Wall Street trading got off to a mixed start on Thursday as investors digested a number of data points and earnings from chipmaker Nvidia.
US open: Stocks mixed following Nvidia earnings, data points
(Sharecast News) - Wall Street trading got off to a mixed start on Thursday as investors digested a number of data points and earnings from chipmaker Nvidia.
Broker tips: Unilever, Integrafin
(Sharecast News) - JPMorgan Cazenove double-upgraded Unilever on Thursday to 'overweight' from 'underweight' and hiked its price target on the stock to 5,100.0p from 3,600.0p after several years of caution on the equity story.
Wednesday newspaper round-up: Anglesey power station, electric cars, Eurostar passengers
(Sharecast News) - Ministers have earmarked north Wales as the site of a large-scale nuclear power plant, which is part of plans to resuscitate Britain's nuclear power ambitions. Wylfa on Anglesey (Ynys Môn) has been named as the preferred site for the UK's third major nuclear power plant in a generation, coming after EDF's Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, which is under construction in Somerset, and its Sizewell C nuclear project planned for Suffolk. - Guardian
Tuesday newspaper round-up: New homes, AI, Mike Ashley
(Sharecast News) - A Labour government would aim to announce the sites for a series of new towns within a year of taking office, with the promise that homes would be built in them by the end of a first term, Angela Rayner is to say in a speech. Giving more detail to a plan first outlined in Keir Starmer's party conference speech in October, Rayner will tell a housing conference that Labour will strongly support private developers who create high-quality and affordable housing. - Guardian
Monday newspaper round-up: Border checks, house prices, apprenticeships
(Sharecast News) - Post-Brexit border checks will cost UK businesses £470m a year, the government's public spending watchdog has said. Plans to bring in border checks on goods coming from the EU faced "significant issues" including critical shortages of inspectors before their introduction last month, the National Audit Office said in a report. - Guardian
Friday newspaper round-up: Bank branches, mortgages, Northern Rock
(Sharecast News) - The number of UK bank branches that have shut their doors for good over the last nine years will pass 6,000 on Friday, and by the end of the year the pace of closures may leave 33 parliamentary constituencies - including two in London - without a single branch. The tally is being published by the consumer group Which? as it seeks to make the "avalanche" of closures and the "disastrous" impact they can have on local communities an election battleground. - Guardian
Thursday newspaper round-up: JCB, M&S, smart meters
(Sharecast News) - The British digger maker JCB, owned by the billionaire Bamford family, continued to build and supply equipment for the Russian market months after saying it had stopped exports because of Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, the Guardian can reveal. Russian customs records show that JCB, whose owners are major donors to the Conservative party, continued to make new products available for Russian dealers well after 2 March 2022, when the company publicly stated that it had "voluntarily paused exports" to Russia. - Guardian
Wednesday newspaper round-up: Brexit border outages, Boeing, Stellantis
(Sharecast News) - Lorries carrying perishable food and plants from the EU are being held for up to 20 hours at the UK's busiest Brexit border post as failures with the government's IT systems delay imports entering Britain. Businesses have described the government's new border control checks as a "disaster" after IT outages led to lorries carrying meat, cheese and cut flowers being held for long periods, reducing the shelf life of their goods and prompting retailers to reject some orders. - Guardian
Activist fund Palliser urges Rio Tinto to ditch London listing
(Sharecast News) - Activist hedge fund Palliser Capital urged Rio Tinto to shift its primary stock market listing from London to Sydney, it emerged on Thursday, to potentially increase its share price by nearly 40%.
Cohort ends year slightly ahead of expectations
(Sharecast News) - Technology company Cohort said in a trading update on Thursday that its full-year performance was slightly ahead of expectations, with growth in both revenue and profits year-on-year.
Moto owner CVC planning sale - report
(Sharecast News) - The owners of Moto, one of Britain's biggest operators of motorway service stations, are reportedly preparing to put the company up for sale for more than £2bn.
Friday preview: UK retail sales, US consumer confidence in focus
(Sharecast News) - Investors' focus at the end of the week will be on UK retail sales figures for April.
Royal Mail owner IDS delays results amid takeover bid
(Sharecast News) - Royal Mail owner International Distribution Services said on Thursday that it has had to delay the publication of its full-year results - which were originally due on Thursday morning - after auditor KPMG requested additional time to complete procedures.
EU slaps Mondelez with €337.5m fine
(Sharecast News) - Oreo cookie and Cadbury Dairy Milk parent Mondelez has been fined €337.5m by the European Commission for hindering trade between European Union countries in order to keep prices high.
Naked Wines FY earnings seen at higher end of previous guidance
(Sharecast News) - Online wine retailer Naked Wines said on Tuesday that full-year earnings would likely be at the higher end of previous guidance as it continues to make efforts to become "leaner and stronger".
Costain YTD trading in line with internal expectations
(Sharecast News) - Construction and engineering company Costain said on Thursday that its year-to-date trading performance was in line with internal expectations, with the group continuing to have "a high-quality forward work position".
On the Beach warns of 'challenging' value trading, on track for 'record summer'
(Sharecast News) - Online travel agency On the Beach warned that trading in the package holidays market had been "challenging" but still said it expects to deliver "a record summer" in terms of bookings.
Marston's delivers 'strong' LFL sales growth in H1, sees busy summer ahead
(Sharecast News) - Brewing company Marston's said on Tuesday that it had delivered "strong" like-for-like sales growth in H1, driving "good growth" in pub operating profits.
Mothercare shares slide as group enters refinancing negotiations
(Sharecast News) - Retailer Mothercare shares nosedived in early trading as the group revealed it had entered refinancing negotiations as demand for its products continued to be subdued.
Rathbones Group makes 'positive start' to FY24
(Sharecast News) - Wealth manager Rathbones said on Thursday that it had made a "positive start" to FY24, partly due to its merger with Investec Wealth & Investment back in 2023.

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Activist fund Palliser urges Rio Tinto to ditch London listing
(Sharecast News) - Activist hedge fund Palliser Capital urged Rio Tinto to shift its primary stock market listing from London to Sydney, it emerged on Thursday, to potentially increase its share price by nearly 40%.
Cohort ends year slightly ahead of expectations
(Sharecast News) - Technology company Cohort said in a trading update on Thursday that its full-year performance was slightly ahead of expectations, with growth in both revenue and profits year-on-year.
Moto owner CVC planning sale - report
(Sharecast News) - The owners of Moto, one of Britain's biggest operators of motorway service stations, are reportedly preparing to put the company up for sale for more than £2bn.
Friday preview: UK retail sales, US consumer confidence in focus
(Sharecast News) - Investors' focus at the end of the week will be on UK retail sales figures for April.
Royal Mail owner IDS delays results amid takeover bid
(Sharecast News) - Royal Mail owner International Distribution Services said on Thursday that it has had to delay the publication of its full-year results - which were originally due on Thursday morning - after auditor KPMG requested additional time to complete procedures.
EU slaps Mondelez with €337.5m fine
(Sharecast News) - Oreo cookie and Cadbury Dairy Milk parent Mondelez has been fined €337.5m by the European Commission for hindering trade between European Union countries in order to keep prices high.
Wednesday newspaper round-up: Anglesey power station, electric cars, Eurostar passengers
(Sharecast News) - Ministers have earmarked north Wales as the site of a large-scale nuclear power plant, which is part of plans to resuscitate Britain's nuclear power ambitions. Wylfa on Anglesey (Ynys Môn) has been named as the preferred site for the UK's third major nuclear power plant in a generation, coming after EDF's Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, which is under construction in Somerset, and its Sizewell C nuclear project planned for Suffolk. - Guardian
Tuesday newspaper round-up: New homes, AI, Mike Ashley
(Sharecast News) - A Labour government would aim to announce the sites for a series of new towns within a year of taking office, with the promise that homes would be built in them by the end of a first term, Angela Rayner is to say in a speech. Giving more detail to a plan first outlined in Keir Starmer's party conference speech in October, Rayner will tell a housing conference that Labour will strongly support private developers who create high-quality and affordable housing. - Guardian
Monday newspaper round-up: Border checks, house prices, apprenticeships
(Sharecast News) - Post-Brexit border checks will cost UK businesses £470m a year, the government's public spending watchdog has said. Plans to bring in border checks on goods coming from the EU faced "significant issues" including critical shortages of inspectors before their introduction last month, the National Audit Office said in a report. - Guardian
Friday newspaper round-up: Bank branches, mortgages, Northern Rock
(Sharecast News) - The number of UK bank branches that have shut their doors for good over the last nine years will pass 6,000 on Friday, and by the end of the year the pace of closures may leave 33 parliamentary constituencies - including two in London - without a single branch. The tally is being published by the consumer group Which? as it seeks to make the "avalanche" of closures and the "disastrous" impact they can have on local communities an election battleground. - Guardian
Thursday newspaper round-up: JCB, M&S, smart meters
(Sharecast News) - The British digger maker JCB, owned by the billionaire Bamford family, continued to build and supply equipment for the Russian market months after saying it had stopped exports because of Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, the Guardian can reveal. Russian customs records show that JCB, whose owners are major donors to the Conservative party, continued to make new products available for Russian dealers well after 2 March 2022, when the company publicly stated that it had "voluntarily paused exports" to Russia. - Guardian
Wednesday newspaper round-up: Brexit border outages, Boeing, Stellantis
(Sharecast News) - Lorries carrying perishable food and plants from the EU are being held for up to 20 hours at the UK's busiest Brexit border post as failures with the government's IT systems delay imports entering Britain. Businesses have described the government's new border control checks as a "disaster" after IT outages led to lorries carrying meat, cheese and cut flowers being held for long periods, reducing the shelf life of their goods and prompting retailers to reject some orders. - Guardian
Broker tips: Weir, Assura
(Sharecast News) - Berenberg re-initiated coverage of Weir Group on Wednesday with a 'buy' rating and 2,600p price target as it argued the engineering firm is a "structural winner".
Broker tips: Kainos, Wise
(Sharecast News) - Analysts at Berenberg hiked their target price on software firm Kainos from 1,260.0p to 1,415.0p on Tuesday, citing "resilient profits" and a "positive outlook".
Broker tips: Kistos Energy, Imperial Brands, NatWest, Trainline, Rio Tinto
(Sharecast News) - Analysts at Berenberg slashed their target price on independent energy company Kistos from 455.0p to 305.0p on Monday following the group's full-year results and updated guidance.
Broker tips: FRP Advisory, AutoTrader
(Sharecast News) - Analysts at Berenberg raised their target price on liquidators FRP Advisory from 175.0p to 200.0p on Friday, stating the group's FY24 update delivered "sizeable upgrades".
Broker tips: Travis Perkins, Treatt
(Sharecast News) - Barclays has raised its rating on builders merchant Travis Perkins from 'equal weight' to 'overweight', saying that the stock is an "undervalued UK recovery play".
Broker tips: DCC, Shell
(Sharecast News) - RBC Capital Markets lifted its price target on DCC on Wednesday to 5,800.0p from 5,700.0p after the group published its full-year results a day earlier.
Director dealings: ABF director snaps up shares
(Sharecast News) - Primark owner Associated British Foods revealed on Wednesday that non-executive director Kumsal Bayazit had acquired 2,930.0p ordinary shares in the FTSE 250-listed group.
Director dealings: MyCelx director ups stake
(Sharecast News) - MyCelx Technologies revealed on Tuesday that non-executive director André Schnabl had acquired 71,598 ordinary shares in the AIM-listed clean water technology company.
Director dealings: Dunelm director raises stake
(Sharecast News) - Dunelm revealed on Monday that non-executive director Ajay Kavan had acquired 2,450 ordinary shares in the FTSE 250-listed home furnishings retailer.
Director dealings: Carr's Group director makes share purchase
(Sharecast News) - Carr's Group revealed on Tuesday that senior independent director Gillian Watson had acquired 37,254 shares in the London-listed agriculture and engineering company.
Director dealings: Panther Metals chairman ups stake
(Sharecast News) - Panther Metals revealed on Monday that chairman Nicholas O'Reilly had acquired 179,529 ordinary shares in the London-listed mineral exploration company.
Director dealings: Brickability director lowers stake
(Sharecast News) - Brickability revealed on Thursday that non-executive director Clive Norman had disposed of 400,000 ordinary shares in the AIM-listed building materials company.

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