Share Prices & Company Research


01 June 2017

Redmayne-Bentley’s Top Trades

Below we take a look at the most frequently traded shares through Redmayne-Bentley over the last couple of weeks and consider why they have been so popular.


Index: FTSE 100

Sector: Media

Market capitalisation: £7,877.73bn

A first-quarter update from ITV showing a decline in revenue due to advertising revenue weakness did not impress investors. The group said that income from advertising had fallen 9 per cent and the half-year results are expected to show a similar decline. However, despite the uncertain economic conditions, chief executive Adam Crozier left guidance for the full year unchanged. The optimistic outlook is supported by the strength of the Studios business, as production revenue growth has been boosted by the weak Pound.

Marks & Spencer (MKS)
Index: FTSE 100

Sector: General Retailers

Market capitalisation: £6,200.90bn

Retailer Marks & Spencer reported a near 64 per cent fall in pre-tax profit to £176.4m for the 52 weeks to 1st April 2017. Sales were broadly flat at £10.6bn as it was once again hit by a decline in clothing sales which, together with restructuring costs, were behind the profit decline. However, the group believes that its market share is “starting to stabilise” after five consecutive years of decline. The Food division continues to perform well and more Simply Food stores are planned to open in the new financial year.

Index: FTSE 100

Sector: Electricity

Market capitalisation: £15,303.25bn

Ahead of the general election, ‘big six’ energy firm SSE warned of the “unintended consequences” of a potential price cap which has been proposed by the Conservative Party. The group made the comments having reported a 2.1 per cent rise in adjusted pre-tax profit for the year to the end of March. Despite losing customers, price increases, which it blamed on government policies such as low-carbon electricity generation, together with low wholesale energy costs and greater customer usage, helped performance.

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Redmayne-Bentley’s Top Trades
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