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Wednesday tips round-up: Severn Trent, Mitchells&Butlers

26 Nov 2014 | 19:27

The latest figures from quoted water utility Severn Trent revealed a company in healthy shape, with pre-tax profits 10% ahead at £155.8m. Critically, it no longer seems to be the case that the company's future dividend growth will be hurt by the looming settlement with its regulator, Ofwat. Indeed, surprisingly the firm believes that it can further slim its workforce without negatively impacting its frontline services. Management has also suggested it can afford to push up water bills by significantly less than inflation over the next regulatory period, spanning the next five years. On top of that, the 5.6% increase in its interim payment was easily covered by earnings.
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US close: Markets are up ahead of OPEC decision

26 Nov 2014 | 19:21

The US equity stocks went up as jobless claims climbed for the first times since September and orders for durable goods rose.
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London close: UK stocks erase gains as US data misses forecasts

26 Nov 2014 | 16:36

After a choppy session, the UK stock market finished more or less flat despite gains in the mining and telecom sectors, with a string of mostly disappointing economic data from the US weighing on sentiment.
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Investec downgrades Rightmove to 'sell' on potential Agents' Mutual impact

26 Nov 2014 | 16:29

Worries among Rightmove investors about the fall-out from the upcoming launch of new entrant Agents' Mutual (AM) were weighing heavily on the stock on Wednesday, as Investec downgraded its rating on the shares from 'hold' to 'sell'.
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US consumer confidence at seven-year high in November

26 Nov 2014 | 15:43

Consumer sentiment in the US reached a seven-year high in November on the back of improved job prospects and a fall in gasoline prices.
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600 Group H1 profits up as UK market recovers

26 Nov 2014 | 15:33

Machine tools and laser marking company 600 Group saw its profits for the first half of the year rise despite a "patchy" European market.
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FTSE 100 movers: Mining and telecom stocks on the rise

26 Nov 2014 | 15:29

MIning stocks were leading the risers on the FTSE 100 on Wednesday, rebounding after recent declines. Antofagasta topped the list, rising 3.7%, with peers Anglo American, Fresnillo and Randgold also registering decent gains.
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US new home sales miss the mark in October

26 Nov 2014 | 15:13

New home sales in the US rose by 0.7% in October to reach an annualised rate of 458,000 from September's downwardly revised figure, the US Department of Commerce said on Wednesday.
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