Wolseley's quarterly results on 9th November confirmed that a slowdown in both sales and trading profit growth has continued in all three of its major markets.
As the cost of servicing National Grid's debt starts escalating, margins will be squeezed, limiting earnings per share growth going forward.
Cranswick, typically known for its pork-related products, recently reported strong trading and has historically gained over 4.0% in December.
If Shell is to maintain its dividend, it will have to make the payment out of debts or cut capital expenditure.
Recent warnings from related companies in the sector together with next week’s Federal Reserve meeting could weigh on Barratt Developments.
As food prices continue to fall amid fierce competition among the grocers, Sainsbury’s margins and property write-downs are likely to come under further pressure.
The defence sector got a boost this week after the UK government announced it will take a more active role in promoting weapons exports amid fierce competition for such deals globally.
Vodafone is enjoying a recovery in core European markets and is well positioned to benefit from the key themes of mobile data monetisation and consolidation within the sector.
AB Foods has been one of the top performing blue-chips over the past five years, although its growth engine is slowing, which combined falling profits at its sugar and grocery business, leaves its premium rating vulnerable.
After progress on its turnaround, Flybe looks set for strong growth and robust free cash flow generation, while the disposal of surplus aircraft could provide an additional near-term catalyst to the shares.
Strong growth in new businesses reinforces Sky’s market leading position and the chart signifies a good buying opportunity to take advantage of its upward trend.
Rolls-Royce has a world-leading reputation, a strong order book and a new management team to support the turnaround.
Analysts suggest a bidder would have to offer at least 550p per share just to be taken seriously, while there is a real chance that other insurers including Allianz, Generali and Aviva, might be mulling an offer.
Rio Tinto’s first half results were not as bad as feared, yet they didn’t capture the latest downturn in commodity prices. Short-term earnings forecasts may come under further pressure, putting strain on the balance sheet, leaving the dividend uncovered.
Centrica’s new management team retains a clearly defined focus on the balance sheet, while the shift away from high-risk upstream operations will lead to reduced business risk and enable the company to evolve.
Arm has benefitted from their increasing focus on the internet of things, as it looks to diversify its product offering. The group signed 54 processor licences in the second quarter and become a key supplier to most large electronics manufacturers