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November 2, 2023

Risk on!

Macro & Overnight

Markets moved to risk-on mode as the Fed paused rates for a second month despite the jobs data showing more openings than expected.

Bank of England will follow suit today and keep its policy rate on hold.

UK Company News

BT has signalled an outlook at the top of current guidance, while Shell has announced an increased share buyback programme. 

Howden Joinery, the UK’s largest kitchen supplier, reported sales were 2.0% lower than last year and has continued to trade well since the half year, gaining market share. It has moved its FY guidance to the lower end of the range of analysts’ consensus. 

Morgan Sindall, the UK’s most successful building contractor over the last decade, said that conditions have remained challenging yet manageable. It is on track to deliver FY performance in line with expectations, with strength in Fit Out, Construction and Infrastructure offsetting a weaker performance in Property Services. Procurement and planning processes are increasingly protracted in its Urban Regeneration division. The average daily net cash for the FY will be around £270m, slightly higher than the previous guidance.

Trainline, the online train ticket app, reported solid H1 results and raised its guidance for the FY performance to the upper end of the range of forecasts.

Trainline is a killer app in its area of expertise and is a beneficiary of the digitisation of tickets and the overwhelming complexity of train fares and timetabling. Today’s news is further evidence of the company’s enduring resilience in the face of huge changes to the rail industry and our travel patterns.   


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