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16:52
Investec cuts water company price target due to nationalisation threat
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United Utilities could be forced to slash its dividend from 2020 due to new regulation, warned Investec, leading it to downgrade its rating on the water company, and cut target prices across the sector.

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14:54
Wednesday preview: Budget, OBR forecasts, results from UU, SSP, Sage
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Chancellor Philip Hammond's Budget will dominate the UK headlines on Wednesday, with a moderately busy corporate diary not including results from United Utilities, Thomas Cook, Sage and SSP.

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12:22
UK manufacturing output growth hits highest since 1988
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UK manufacturing output growth has leapt to a 29-year high as the weak pound drives export demand, though Brexit uncertainty is holding back investment.

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10:42
Public deficit offers no extra room for Chancellor's Budget
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UK public sector net borrowing increased more than expected last month, primarily driven by a surge in interest payments on index-linked gilts due to the rise in inflation.

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09:58
SIG's new CEO Oldersma to unveil 'step change' growth plan
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Building products supplier SIG kept sales growth steady in the third quarter and set out plans to "deliver a step change" in performance in future years.

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09:43
Kingfisher's sales show signs of improvement, apart from France
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Home improvement retailer Kingfisher showed improved like-for-like sales in the third quarter as management kept a lid on earlier disruption from turnaround plans.

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09:08
Johnson Matthey optimistic on batteries as profits hit by one-offs
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Chemicals group Johnson Matthey said it had made significant strides in developing new car battery materials and said it was confident of hitting full year targets after first-half profits were dented by one-off charges as its restructuring programme began.

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20 Nov
UK election regulator to probe Leave campaign over Brexit payments

The UK electoral regulator has opened a new investigation to establish whether one of the main pro-Brexit campaign groups broke election spending rules.

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20 Nov
Barclays can beat low expectations in coming quarters, Merrill upgrades

Barclays shares have lagged the European banking sector in 2017 and for Bank of America Merrill Lynch sit at a low enough level to beat exceptions in the coming months and have been upgraded to 'buy'.

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20 Nov
Tuesday preview: Public finances, results from CRH, Easyjet, Kingfisher and Johnson Matthey
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Tuesday offers a prelude to a particularly keenly watched Autumn Budget the follow day from Philip Hammond, while it's a busy day of corporate results are due from the likes of CRH, Easyjet, Kingfisher and Johnson Matthey.

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20 Nov
Centrica drops standard variable tariff, sets out vision for energy industry
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British Gas owner Centrica will replace its standard variable tariff with new fixed-term tariffs as it called on the government, energy regulator and industry to make several changes to "create a market that works for everyone".

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20 Nov
Mediclinic withdraws as Spire Healthcare rejects renewed offer
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Mediclinic International has walked away from talks to take over Spire Healthcare after the UK-focused hospital operator rejected a renewed offer.

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20 Nov
Carillion wins place on UK school-building framework
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Carillion has been chosen as one of nine contractors to work on two lots on the government's school building framework, which it said should be worth a combined £2. 6bn to the companies involved.

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20 Nov
William Hill canters through third quarter
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Bookmaker William Hill lifted net revenues 4% in the third quarter, with growth speeding from the first half of the year thanks to the McGregor-Mayweather fight.

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17 Nov
Kingfisher gets RBC upgrade as 'reasons to be cheerful' in France
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DIY retailer Kingfisher has more "reasons to be cheerful" thanks to an improving French outlook, analysts at RBC Capital Markets said on Friday, while clothes seller Supergroup remains "compelling" but its shares have gained a lot in recent weeks.

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17 Nov
CRH's material transformation, 'undervalued' outlook get Morgan Stanley upgrade

CRH is now the top pick in the European building materials sector for Morgan Stanley, which upgraded its recommendation due to the "robust" outlook and expected synergies from the acquisition of Ash Grove Cement.

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17 Nov
Video: Keywords Studios capital markets event November 2017
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Keywords Studios, the supplier of technical services to the video games industry, held a capital markets event this week to brief the increasing number of analysts and investors that are attracted to its niche fast-growth story.

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17 Nov
Redefine International ups stake in International Hotel Properties
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Redefine International has bought the remaining stake in UK-focused hotels outfit International Hotel Properties from parent company Redefine Properties Limited in a cash and shares deal.

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17 Nov
High street sales fall for fifth week out of six
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Retail sales on the high street fell for the fifth week out of six, a survey from BDO showed on Friday, showing the sharp slip from boom to decline in the sector over the course of a year due to the squeeze on households incomes.

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17 Nov
TClarke increasingly optimistic on prospects for specialist building services
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Building services group TClarke has held onto its optimism throughout 2017 about its prospects for the year after an encouraging third quarter in which it helped complete the new London headquarters for both Bloomberg and Facebook.

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