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May 29, 2024

Royal Mail owner agrees offer from Kretinsky


Nvidia continued its strong post-results rally. Its shares have risen over 20% in the last week, and its market cap is approaching $3tn not far behind Apple and Microsoft.

The Fed’s Kashkari said he wants to see “many more months” of good inflation data before a rate cut and continued to say hikes cannot be ruled out. His words, contradicting the recent Powell post-FOMC presser, cast a risk-off mood over markets.

UK Companies

EP Group has launched a formal takeover offer for IDS for the 72.4% of shares not already owned by affiliates. The headline consideration is 370p in cash, valuing the company at just over £5.2bn. As City AM headline wittily put it, The Czech’s in the Mail.

Bloomsbury has acquired US publisher Rowman & Littlefield for $83m (£65m), of which $76m (£60m) has been satisfied in cash on completion. The enlarged academic publishing division has c97,000 titles, creating a significant platform for further growth acquisition, which Nigel Newton described as a game-changer for Bloomsbury.

Pets at Home prelims were in line with pre-announced guidance.

React, the specialist cleaner, reported an H1 PBT of £1.1m, which was flagged in its April update. It is confident in delivering full-year expectations.

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