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FTSE 100 to Fall After Downbeat Asia Trading

11/18/2021 | 03:11am EST

FTSE 100 Tipped to Fall After Downbeat Asia Trading

The FTSE 100 is expected to open six points lower at 7285, according to CMC Markets, after downbeat trading in Asia and a lower close on Wall Street. Markets in mainland China, Hong Kong and Japan are lower and the Dow Jones closed Wednesday down 0.6%. "Today's European open looks set up for a cautious start, with Asia markets trading softer," CMC analyst Michael Hewson says.

 
Companies News: 

Royal Mail 1H Pretax Profit Rose; To Buy Back GBP200 Mln in Shares

Royal Mail PLC on Thursday reported a rise in pretax profit for the first half of fiscal 2022 and said that it is launching a share buyback program.

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National Grid Sees FY 2022 Earnings Above Guidance Range on Early Start of North Sea Interconnector

National Grid PLC said Thursday that it expects full-year earnings to be significantly above the guidance range, and reported an improved profit for the first half.

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Metro Bank Says Carlyle Group Ends Takeover Offer Talks

Metro Bank PLC said Thursday that Carlyle Group Inc. has terminated discussions regarding a possible offer for its business.

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Investec 1H Net Profit More-Than Doubled; Raises FY 2022 Guidance

Investec PLC on Thursday reported a more-than doubled net profit for the first half of fiscal 2022 as it booked lower impairment charges, and raised its guidance for the full year.

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Halma 1H Profit Rose; Reiterates Full-Year Outlook

Halma PLC on Thursday reported an increase in pretax profit for the first half of fiscal 2022 boosted by robust margins and kept its full-year guidance unchanged.

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CHC Group, Babcock Deal Raises Competition Concerns, UK Watchdog Says

The U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority said Thursday that the recent deal between CHC Group LLC and Babcock International Group PLC raises concerns.

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Aker Offshore Wind Consortium Secures UK Backing for Wind-Turbine-Blade Recycling Plant

Aker Offshore Wind ASA said Thursday that as part of a consortium it has secured a U.K. Government grant for a pilot project to develop the U.K.'s first wind-turbine-blade recycling plant.

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Micro Focus International Sees FY 2021 Revenue Fall

Micro Focus International PLC said Thursday that it expects to report a fall in revenue for fiscal 2021, and around $1.0 billion in adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

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Bunzl Acquires Workwear Express and Hydropac

Bunzl PLC said Thursday that it has recently bought two companies--Workwear Express and Hydropac--but didn't provide any financial details on the deals.

 
Market Talk: 

Short-Duration Bonds Regain Popularity, Pictet AM Says

Whether inflation will be temporary or become entrenched is "far from clear," and one area of fixed income where investors can potentially find refuge from inflation is short-duration bonds,Raymond Sagayam, chief investment officer for fixed income at Pictet Asset Management, says. "It's an asset class that has been largely overlooked for the past five or six years as most investors have been attracted to riskier assets and higher-yielding debt," he says. "Now, it looks attractive once more." U.S., eurozone and U.K. sovereign bonds, as well as emerging-market credit, have lost money over the past 12 months, with return eaten up by rising yields, Sagayam says.

Contact: London NewsPlus, Dow Jones Newswires; Write to Sarka Halas at sarka.halas@wsj.com

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

11-18-21 0311ET

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