The FTSE 100 has a muted start Thursday after a strong finish Wednesday, as worries over the spread of the Delta coronavirus variant subside.

"Concern that rising Delta infections might slow down the economic rebound, appear to have been put to one side for now, after a day of positive trading updates that showed companies might be able to meet full year expectations on revenues and profits after all," CMC Markets analyst Michael Hewson said. Thursday's agenda includes another round of corporate trading statements and results, along with the European Central Bank's policy decision at 1145 GMT.

 
Companies News: 

3i Group 1Q Net Asset Value Per Share Rose

3i Group PLC said Thursday that its net asset value per share totaled 1,063 pence (1,458 U.S. cents) at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2022, up from 947.0 pence in the previous quarter.

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Hiscox CEO Bronek Masojada to Retire At End of Year; Aki Hussain Named

Hiscox Ltd. said Thursday that Chief Executive Officer Bronek Masojada plans to retire at the end of the year after 21 years in the role and will be replaced by Aki Hussain, subject to regulatory approval.

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UK Government to Sell Part of NatWest Stake Over Next Year

U.K. Government Investments Ltd. said Thursday that it intends to sell part of its shareholding in NatWest Group PLC over the course of a year through a pre-arranged trading plan.

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Centrica Swung to 1H Pretax Profit, But Ebitda Fell

Centrica PLC on Thursday reported a profit for the first half of 2021 driven by one-offs.

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SSE Says Disposal Program Has Made Good Progress, On Track to Get More Than GBP2 Bln

SSE PLC said Thursday that it has made good progress in its disposal program, and that it is on course to get more than 2 billion pounds ($2.74 billion) from the sale of noncore assets and businesses not in line with its net zero strategy.

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Moneysupermarket.com 1H Pretax Profit, Revenue Fell

Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC said Thursday that pretax profit fell in the first half of 2021 as its markets continue to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, but it expects to meet full-year market views.

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FirstGroup to Return GBP500 Mln to Shareholders Following Sale of US Bus Operations

FirstGroup PLC said Thursday that it will now return 500 million pounds ($685.8 million) to shareholders--or 41 pence a share--following the sale of its U.S. bus operations, more than initially planned.

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Daily Mail & General Trust 3Q Underlying Revenue Rose

Daily Mail & General Trust PLC said Thursday that revenue for its third quarter rose sharply, reflecting a particularly challenging year-earlier period due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Countryside Properties 3Q Completions More than Doubled

Countryside Properties PLC said Thursday that its third quarter sales more than doubled from the previous year.

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AJ Bell 3Q Assets Under Administration Rose

AJ Bell PLC said Thursday that total assets under administration for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 rose, and that it was well placed to deliver further growth across its platform.

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Unilever 1H Pretax Profit Fell Slightly -- Update

Unilever PLC on Thursday reported a slight fall in pretax profit for the first half of the year and said it expects to meet its multi-year framework for revenue growth in 2021 as a whole despite tougher comparatives.

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Britvic 3Q Revenue Boosted by Easing Covid-19 Restrictions

Britvic PLC said Thursday that revenue in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 rose as all business units achieved good progress amid reopenings in the U.K.

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LoopUp Group Warns of 1H Revenue Shortfall; Sees Return to Growth in 2H

LoopUp Group PLC said Thursday that revenue for the first half of 2021 is expected to miss management's forecasts, but that it anticipates a return to top-line monthly growth during the second half of the year.

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PensionBee Group Assets Under Management More Than Doubled in Year

PensionBee Group PLC said Thursday that assets under management have more than doubled over the year due to strong net flows from new and existing customers.

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Centamin 2Q Revenue Fell 7% on Quarter as Gold Production, Sales Declined

Centamin PLC said Thursday that its second-quarter revenue and gold production fell from the first quarter, and reaffirmed full-year guidance.

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Xaar 1H Results Affected by Non-Cash Adjustments

Xaar PLC said on Thursday that its results for the first half have been affected by non-cash adjustments relating to slow-moving and obsolete inventory after it implemented planned process improvement and strategy actions.

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Workspace Group 1Q Demand Rose to Pre-Covid-19 Levels

Workspace Group PLC said Thursday that customer demand recovered during the first quarter of fiscal 2022 to pre-Covid-19 levels, with enquiries, lettings and occupancy all up on year.

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Howden Joinery Swung to 1H Profit on Higher Revenue

Howden Joinery Group PLC on Thursday reported a swing to pretax profit for the first half of fiscal 2021 on sharp revenue growth.

 
Market Talk: 

Future PLC Could Make Further Guidance Upgrades After Goco Integration

Future PLC has more to go after raising guidance for fiscal 2021 once again, and progress in integrating its Goco acquisition means management is likely to upgrade sales and margin for the business, Berenberg says. The U.K. media group's media division is also doing well, with strong performances in advertising and e-commerce, Berenberg says. Going forward, tightening privacy restrictions from Google and Apple make Future's large publishing network, audience and pool of first-party data increasingly valuable, analysts at the brokerage say. Berenberg lifts its target price on Future shares to 4,180 pence from 3,140 pence.

 

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