London Stocks Seen Opening Higher, BOE Awaited

The FTSE 100 index is expected to open 46 points higher, according to IG, having closed on Wednesday at 7083.37, with sentiment boosted by easing concerns about a possible collapse of China's Evergrande after reports of a possible restructuring. Markets are set to shrug off an upbeat announcement Wednesday from the Federal Reserve, which signaled it could start tapering asset purchases in November and that interest rates could start to rise next year. The announcement "was easily digested in equity markets," says UniCredit. Focus now turns to a Bank of England announcement at 1100 GMT, while preliminary purchasing managers' surveys for the U.K. and eurozone will also be watched. Among individual stocks, Reckitt Benckiser, Royal Mail and Mitchells & Butlers will be in focus after earnings updates.

Companies News: 

Royal Mail Sees 1H Adj Operating Profit GBP395 Mln-GBP400 Mln

Royal Mail PLC said Thursday that its adjusted operating profit for the first half ending Sept. 30 is expected to be between 395 million and 400 million pounds ($537.9 million-$544.7 million).


Fuller Smith & Turner Says Managed Comparative Sales to Sept. 18 at 86% of 2019's Levels

Fuller Smith & Turner PLC said on Thursday that managed like-for-like sales for the seven weeks to Sept. 18 stood at 86% of 2019 levels.


Investec Says 1H Adjusted Operating Pretax Profit to Rise; Five-Month Performance Was Strong

Investec PLC said Thursday that adjusted operating profit for the first half of the year is expected to be ahead of the year-earlier period, and said that its performance for the five months ended Aug. 31 was strong.


Harbour Energy Posts 1H Profit, Reaffirms 2021 Guidance

Harbour Energy PLC on Thursday reported a profit for the first half and reiterated full-year production guidance.


DFS Furniture Swung to FY 2021 Pretax Profit; Reinstates Dividend

DFS Furniture PLC said Thursday that it swung to fiscal 2021 pretax profit as revenue rose, and that it was reinstating dividends.


Union Jack Oil Raises GBP3 Mln to Progress Wressle, Biscathorpe Projects

Union Jack Oil PLC said Thursday that it has raised 3 million pounds ($4.1 million) via a share issue to fund its Wressle and Biscathorpe projects in the U.K.


finnCap Says Revenue Is Trending Above Views, Backs FY 2022 Outlook

finnCap Group PLC said Thursday that its performance in the second quarter of fiscal 2022 has been strong, and that its overall revenue is currently slightly above the top end of full-year revenue expectations.


IOG PLC to Raise GBP8.5 Mln to Fund Share of Kelham Drilling

IOG PLC said Thursday that it is raising 8.5 million pounds ($11.6 million) via a share placing and subscription and will use the money to fund its share of drilling at the Kelham North and Kelham Central prospects in license P2442.

Market Talk: 

Rolls-Royce to Benefit From U.S. Reopening

For Rolls-Royce, the U.S. deciding to open its borders to vaccinated individuals will help perpetuate positive trends in engine flying hours into the first half of 2022 and beyond, Berenberg says. International travel is slowly improving and an uptick from November is expected as U.S.--which represented 10% to 15% of flying hours prepandemic--long-haul capacity reactivates, it says. "The bridge from operating profit to cash is still complicated and concerns in regards to the quality of profit recognized on long-term contracts will probably linger, rightly or wrongly. However, if Rolls-Royce can demonstrate a path to mid-teens margins by the middle of the decade, we expect the shares to rate higher," Berenberg says. Berenberg rates the stock at a buy and raises its price target to 160 pence from 150 pence.


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