Tips Round-Up (Premium)
The FTSE 100 yesterday suffered its largest single-day points drop since August 2015 and its biggest percentage decline since January 2016 as the spread of coronavirus outside China triggered an investor flight to safety. London’s leading index closed down 247. 09 points, or 3. 3 per cent, at 7,156. 83, while the pan-European Stoxx 600 dropped 3. 8 per cent, its biggest intraday percentage slump since Britain voted to leave the European Union. - The Times.
In her ‘Inside the City’ column for the Sunday Times, Emma Dunkley was looking at FTSE 250 company Howden Joinery, noting that in the last year its shares had risen 45% to 727. 6p, giving it a market value of £4. 4bn.
In his ‘Inside the City’ column for the Sunday Times, Sam Chambers was looking at “cuddly countryside” clothing brand Joules, and how new chief executive Nick Jones was facing one crisis after another.
Joanne Hart at the Daily Mail said on Saturday that shares in food manufacturing company Bakkavor looked set to increase in price "this year and beyond".
In her ‘Inside the City’ column for the Sunday Times, Jill Treanor wrote that after her appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, Greta Thunberg’s message should have reached every corner of every boardroom by now.
In her ‘Inside the City’ column for the Sunday Times, Jill Treanor was focussing on bakery chain Greggs, and the 12 months that have passed since it launched it vegan sausage roll.
The Sunday Times' Emma Dunkley stated wealth managers have had a "tough time of late", with the screw being turned on fees, tightened by the rise of tracker funds.
The Telegraph's Robert Stephens said on Sunday that Boris Johnson's election victory had given housebuilder Barratt Developments "reason to cheer" by virtue of eliminating the risk of Labour's "Land for the Many" housing market ideas being implemented.
In his ‘Inside the City’ column for the Sunday Times, Liam Kelly noted an interesting disparity in the way markets treated two housebuilders last week.
In his ‘Inside the City’ column for the Sunday Times, Ben Woods opened by noting a recent tweet from tech darling Elon Musk, who supported a crackdown on short sellers by Japan’s public pension fund this month.
In her ‘Inside the City’ column for the Sunday Times, Sabah Meddings looked at recent changes to how financial advisers earn their commission had led to a change in the service provided by many, leading to a number of providers to outsource their stock-picking on online platforms, and stick to providing retirement planning and “actual advice”.
One of the UK’s biggest property funds, which owns shopping centres across the country, has alarmed investors by banning withdrawals and blaming both Brexit and the retail downturn for its problems. The £2. 5bn M&G Property Portfolio was suspended after “unusually high and sustained outflows” – demand from investors for their money back – prompted by “Brexit-related political uncertainty and ongoing structural shifts in the UK retail sector”. - Guardian.
The Mail on Sunday's Joanne Hart said IG Design tends to come into its own at this time of year - with the company making millions of festive items, including eco-Christmas crackers, wrapping paper, tags, bows and party goodies.
The Sunday Telegraph's James Ashton said although pubco giant JD Wetherspoon's stock boasted the highest valuation in the sector, it still remained investors' "best bet" among boozers.
The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has ramped up his attack on the super-rich, describing their wealth as “obscene”, as Labour unveiled research showing one in three billionaires in the UK have made donations to the Tory party. McDonnell is due to take a swipe at the richest people in the country in a speech on Tuesday and will also set out the tax breaks billionaires have benefited from under successive Conservative governments. - Guardian.
The Labour party has pledged to overhaul the public appointments system after one of the government-appointed commissioners who sets the UK minimum wage joined the board of G4S, the security company facing allegations of systematic violations of migrant workers’ human rights. Clare Chapman has served since March 2015 as one of nine commissioners on the government’s Low Pay Commission tasked with setting the national living wage, the legal minimum hourly rate. She was appointed as a G4S director in September.
In his ‘Inside the City’ column for the Sunday Times, John Collingridge wrote about engineering giant Renishaw, starting with its humble beginnings in Sir David McMurtry’s garage in the 1970s, where he invented a tool to measure fuel pipes in the Concorde’s jet engines, while working at Rolls-Royce.
Boris Johnson has announced another election package costing hundreds of millions of pounds for neglected towns, some of which will be spent in marginal constituencies. Concentrating on rundown high streets, the closures of pubs and post offices and the restoration of rail links, the prime minister has claimed that the measures will build upon the £3. 6bn towns fund first announced in July. - Guardian.
In his ‘Inside the City’ column for the Sunday Times, Ben Woods was looking at IT services provider FDM Group, saying it had suffered from the fallout of HSBC’s rationalisation, given the banking giant is one of its biggest clients.
In her ‘Inside the City’ column for the Sunday Times, Sabah Meddings wrote that investors in the City had “all but written off” Shield Therapeutics a year and a half ago, after its treatment for iron-deficient patients had apparently failed a pivotal trial, and so was met with a thumbs-down from the US Food and Drug Administration.