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Activist Elliott exploring Dixons Carphone stake purchase

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(Adds no comment from Elliott and Dixons Carphone (Frankfurt: CWB.F - news) ). LONDON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Shares (Berlin: DI6.BE - news) in British electricals and mobile phone retailer Dixons Carphone rose as much as 7.6 percent after Sky News reported that activist investor Elliott Advisors is exploring plans to buy a "big stake" in the firm. It said Elliott has been undertaking detailed analysis of Dixons Carphone's finances for several weeks and might want the firm to sell off its Nordic and Greek businesses. A spokeswoman for Elliott and a spokesman for Dixons Carphone both declined to comment.

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Henkel's investment in brands, online to hit 2019 profit

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Henkel's investment in brands, online to hit 2019 profit. BERLIN, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Henkel (LSE: 0IZ8.L - news) warned earnings would fall this year as it steps up investment in digital technology and brands such as Schwarzkopf shampoo and Persil detergent in its battle with rivals Procter & Gamble (Swiss: PG-USD.SW - news) and Unilever (NYSE: UL - news) . Shares in the German consumer products group fell almost 6.5 percent on Monday after it announced plans to spend about an extra 300 million euros ($341 million) a year, on top of annual capital expenditure of around 800 million euros. To revive growth in beauty care, Henkel plans new formulations of brands like Schauma and Gliss and will relaunch its fast-growing Got2b brand aimed at younger consumers and expand the product range for men. As it battles P&G for market share in laundry care, Henkel said it planned an innovation drive for Persil, including launching a "four-chamber" pod as well as concentrated formulas to sell online and special packaging for ecommerce sales.

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[$$] Henkel cuts profit outlook as investment spending rises

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has capped its 2019 profit outlook as it expects exchange rate volatility and higher investment spending to hit earnings. In morning trading, shares in Henkel were down by close to 5 per cent. In an attempt to keep investors on side, the group promised a more generous dividend policy from 2019. Based on preliminary figures for 2018, the Düsseldorf-based maker of Persil and Loctite met analyst expectations for revenue and operating profit but missed its own ambitions for earnings per share.

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L'Oreal UK chief digital officer Nick Buckley becomes Nordics CMO

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In January, Buckley – L'Oreal UK's first digital chief – moved into the Nordic role where he will put digital transformation at the core. These data-driven marketing efforts will be expected to deliver brand love, while personalised marketing will also come into his remit. Buckley who featured on The Drum's Digerati 2018 list, has previously been acknowledged by L'Oreal for helping to digital upskill the UK team over the last three years. It appointed Anca Stefan as chief digital officer of Russia and Kazakhstan in October 2018 and saw European marketing chief Hugh Pile going on sabbatical July 2018.

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Is There An Opportunity With Antofagasta plc’s (LON:ANTO) 22.77% Undervaluation?

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Is There An Opportunity With Antofagasta plc’s (LON:ANTO) 22.77% Undervaluation? How far off is Antofagasta plc (LON:ANTO) from its intrinsic value? Using the most recent financial data, I am going to take a look at whether the stock is fairly priced by estimating the company’s future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. Anyone interested in learning a bit more about intrinsic value should have a read of the Simply Wall St analysis model. If you are reading this and its not January 2019 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Antofagasta by following the link below. Take the survey and be part of one of the most advanced studies of stock market investors to date.

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Business development director joins Lloyds Bank in Leeds

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Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has appointed a new business development director at its Leeds office to support commercial banking customers across Yorkshire. Bridie Robinson has joined from corporate finance consultancy Sentio Partners, and brings with her 15 years' experience providing advice to firms in Yorkshire and the North East. Robinson will be based in Lloyds' Lovell Park office, which has also become the bank's largest base for business support outside of London. Steve Harris, head of large corporates (North) at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: "Bridie's appointment and the creation of the new business development team in Yorkshire will really enhance our service for large businesses. "These organisations are an important source of jobs and are major contributors to both the local and national economy. Being by the side of these businesses and supporting their growth is a fundamental part of our strategy to help Britain prosper."

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Global Specialty Tires Market Report 2018-2022 Featuring Bridgestone, Continental, JK Tyre & Industries, Michelin, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, And Toyo Tire & Rubber - ResearchAndMarkets.com

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Global Specialty Tires Market Report 2018-2022 Featuring Bridgestone, Continental, JK Tyre & Industries, Michelin, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, And Toyo Tire & Rubber - ResearchAndMarkets.com. The specialty tires market will register a CAGR of close to 4% by 2022. Automotive radial airless tires for specialty vehicles such as off-highway commercial vehicles like golf carts, construction vehicles, agricultural vehicles and mainstream commercial vehicles are forecasted to gain traction by 2020. Decreasing the commodity price of natural rubber will reduce the overall production costs associated with specialty tires.

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People: Law firm announces raft of partner promotions; Lloyds Bank welcomes new business development director; and more

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People: Law firm announces raft of partner promotions; Lloyds Bank welcomes new business development director; and more. Law firm Ison Harrison has promoted six lawyers to partner across its network of Yorkshire offices. Wilkinson joined Ison Harrison as a trainee solicitor in September 2005 before becoming a first-class litigator with responsibility for assisting in the management of the commercial litigation and commercial debt recovery teams. Barker joined the firm 19 years ago as IT assistant and subsequently progressed to take... For the full story register now for free or login below... Related Topics.

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Why Big Yellow Group Plc (LON:BYG) Looks Like A Quality Company

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By way of learning-by-doing, we’ll look at ROE to gain a better understanding of Big Yellow Group Plc (LON:BYG). Shareholders’ equity can be calculated by subtracting the total liabilities of the company from the total assets of the company. What Does Return On Equity Mean? The limitation of this approach is that some companies are quite different from others, even within the same industry classification. As is clear from the image below, Big Yellow Group has a better ROE than the average (8.4%) in the REITs industry. In my book the highest quality companies have high return on equity, despite low debt. If two companies have around the same level of debt to equity, and one has a higher ROE, I’d generally prefer the one with higher ROE. But when a business is high quality, the market often bids it up to a price that reflects this.

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Antofagasta (ANFGY) Downgraded by Goldman Sachs Group

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Goldman Sachs Group cut shares of Antofagasta (OTCMKTS:ANFGY) from a neutral rating to a sell rating in a research note published on Friday, The Fly reports. Peel Hunt reissued an add rating on shares of Antofagasta in a research note on Friday, January 11th. UBS Group raised Antofagasta from a sell rating to a neutral rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 30th. Finally, BNP Paribas raised Antofagasta from a neutral rating to an outperform rating in a research note on Thursday, December 13th.

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Hindustan Unilever on course to achieve direct reach, improve efficiency

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Hindustan Unilever (HUL) Q3 performance was in line with estimates with a 9 percent year-on-year (YoY) growth in net profit to Rs 1,444 crore against last year's Rs 1,326 crore. HUL management in its post result conference call said the supply chain restructuring was progressing well which will enable 6-7 percent of cost savings in the medium-term. The company’s business operating matrix has shown improvement in terms of speed, and market coverage along with better operational matrices in terms of lower inventory days, net working capital and well-placed capital reserves to undertake faster inorganic growth. Rural growth for HUL is 1.3 times that of urban growth at present. However, Mehta believes rural should be growing at a much faster pace than 1.3x.

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As Unilever Plc (UL) Share Price Declined, Keystone Financial Planning INC Has Lowered Holding

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Keystone Financial Planning Inc decreased its stake in Unilever Plc (UL) by 96.16% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Keystone Financial Planning Inc sold 108,073 shares as the company’s stock declined 3.56% with the market. The institutional investor held 4,317 shares of the package goods and cosmetics company at the end of 2018Q3, valued at $250,000, down from 112,390 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Keystone Financial Planning Inc who had been investing in Unilever Plc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $137.48B market cap company.

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AptarGroup, Inc. (ATR) Holdings Raised by Virtu Financial LLC

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Virtu Financial LLC raised its position in AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE:ATR) by 152.3% in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm has a market capitalization of $6.14 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.40, a P/E/G ratio of 2.64 and a beta of 0.83. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 6.6% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, equities analysts anticipate that AptarGroup, Inc. will post 3.92 earnings per share for the current year. In related news, Director Stephen J. Hagge sold 25,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 8th.

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Shore Capital Reaffirms Buy Rating for Babcock International Group (BAB)

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Royal Bank of Canada lowered shares of Babcock International Group to a sector perform rating and decreased their price target for the stock from GBX 1,000 ($13.07) to GBX 700 ($9.15) in a research report on Monday, November 5th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Babcock International Group has a one year low of GBX 604 ($7.89) and a one year high of GBX 1,030 ($13.46). In other Babcock International Group news, insider Myles Lee bought 7,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 21st.

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Dominion Resources $D Technical Update – Stock Traders Daily NEWS

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Our Disruptive Tactical Strategies can work regardless of market direction or economic conditions. The Dominion Resources (NYSE: D) update and the technical summary table below can help you manage risk and optimize returns. We have day, swing, and longer-term trading plans for D, and 1300 other stocks too, updated in real time for our trial subscribers. The data is best used in conjunction with our Market Analysis and Stock Correlation Filters too, because those help us go with the flow of the market as well.

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ASSICURAZIONI GENERALI SPA ORD ORDINARY (OTCMKTS:ARZGF)'s Trend Unknown, Especially After Increased Shorts

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The stock of ASSICURAZIONI GENERALI SPA ORD ORDINARY (OTCMKTS:ARZGF) registered an increase of 6.27% in short interest. ARZGF’s total short interest was 17.99 million shares in January as published by FINRA. With 100 shares average volume, it will take short sellers 179867 days to cover their ARZGF’s short positions. It has by 0.00% the S&P500. Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. provides various insurance solutions in Italy, Germany, France, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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Contrasting Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM) and HANG SENG BK LT/S (HSNGY)

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We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk. Given Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is more favorable than HANG SENG BK LT/S. Comparatively, 0.0% of HANG SENG BK LT/S shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

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Funding Circle's James Meekings: 'The first few days after our IPO were an emotional roller-coaster'

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In the weeks leading up to Funding Circle’s official market debut on October 3, there were signs of trouble ahead. While many had praised the peer-to-peer lender’s boldness and ingenuity, there were others who warned it would be difficult to predict how investors would respond, amid volatile market conditions. This focus “on the long-term” is something Funding Circle repeatedly circles back to, and it’s not really a surprise. For a company that has yet to turn a profit, Funding Circle relies heavily on its long-term potential to draw in market interest, something which has helped to land it a place among the coveted tech “unicorns” – companies with a valuation of more than $1bn. While still loss-making, Funding Circle is clearly making some financial progress. “We’ve used the Bank of England’s most prudent stress test and if that was to happen, and that’s a pretty bad situation, then our returns would drop to 3pc to 5pc.”. But, in fact, Meekings says it all comes down to how demand holds up from small and medium businesses. And this could actually present Funding Circle with a larger opportunity. Back in 2008, the three university friends, Desai, now Funding Circle chief executive, Meekings and Andrew Mullinger, would spend every Thursday night in the pub, where they would chat about the small business finance market, “whether it worked well, and why it didn’t work”.

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Cincinnati Financial Corp $CINF Technical Update – Stock Traders Daily NEWS

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Our Disruptive Tactical Strategies can work regardless of market direction or economic conditions. January 20, 2019, BY Thomas H. Kee Jr - Editor, Stock Traders Daily | Subscribe to RSS. We have day, swing, and longer-term trading plans for CINF, and 1300 other stocks too, updated in real time for our trial subscribers. The data below is a snapshot, but updates are available now.

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Is Buying BASF SE ORDINARY SHARES GERMANY (OTCMKTS:BFFAF), Having Lower Short Interest a Winning Strategy?

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The stock of BASF SE ORDINARY SHARES GERMANY (OTCMKTS:BFFAF) registered a decrease of 44.32% in short interest. BFFAF’s total short interest was 851,200 shares in January as published by FINRA. With 2,300 shares average volume, it will take short sellers 370 days to cover their BFFAF’s short positions. More notable recent BASF SE (OTCMKTS:BFFAF) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “BASF: Too Cheap To Ignore – Seeking Alpha” on September 17, 2018, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “BASF SE ADR 2017 Q4 – Results – Earnings Call Slides – Seeking Alpha” published on February 27, 2018, Prnewswire.com published: “OTCQX Dividend-Paying Companies to Present in OTC Markets Group’s May 5 Virtual Investor Conference – PR Newswire” on May 02, 2016.

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