|Bid||672.60 x 0|
|Ask||672.80 x 0|
|Day's range||661.20 - 685.80|
|52-week range||430.00 - 702.80|
|Beta (3Y monthly)||1.22|
|PE ratio (TTM)||9.33|
|Earnings date||4 Sep 2019|
|Forward dividend & yield||0.29 (4.30%)|
|1y target est||609.25|
Sterling, shares in British banks and even German and Irish government bonds are among the financial assets most sensitive to Brexit developments as long-running negotiations on Britain's departure from the European Union enter a crucial week. The pound surged as much as 1.5% on Tuesday to a near five-month high of $1.28 after Bloomberg reported British and EU negotiators were close to a Brexit draft deal. The British currency enjoyed its best week since 2017 last week after Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar said they could see "a pathway" for an agreement for Britain to leave the EU by Oct. 31.
Shares in the Midlands-based builder slid as much as 4% in morning trade after it stuck by its medium-term financial targets, but said forward sales were down in value in the first 15 weeks of the year starting in July. "Whilst there is economic and political uncertainty, we continue to be disciplined and have a strong balance sheet and cash position," Barratt said. UK house price growth has been flattening off for months as buyers worry the split might bring a deeper shock while outright falls in prices in London have driven developers to change strategy to cope.
Britain's biggest housebuilder Barratt Developments reported marginal sales growth and a dip in the value of homes sold in the first months of its financial year, the latest sign of pressure on developers from a weakening UK property market. Shares in the Midlands-based builder slid as much as 4% in morning trade after it stuck by its medium-term financial targets, but said forward sales were down in value in the first 15 weeks of the year starting in July. "Whilst there is economic and political uncertainty, we continue to be disciplined and have a strong balance sheet and cash position," Barratt said.
Sterling, British bank shares and even German and Irish government bonds are some of financial prices most sensitive to the ebb and flow of Brexit developments as the long-running saga enters a crucial week. While Brexit has cast a cloud over world markets since the June 2016 referendum resulted in a narrow win for Leave, some assets are particularly sensitive to headlines and will show an outsized reaction, whatever the outcome of the talks. Following is a graphical tour of just what's in play as the Brexit endgame commences: SILVER AND GILT Sterling's exchange rate has been by far the most sensitive price to Brexit newsflow.
Famed British money manager Neil Woodford shut his asset management business on Tuesday, calling it quits hours after administrators stepped in to wind down his flagship fund and sack him as its manager. Woodford, one of Britain's most high profile investors, had been battling to save his company since June after a flood of investor redemption requests forced him to suspend withdrawals in his flagship LF Woodford Equity Income Fund.
Hopes that Britain will seal a Brexit deal saw unloved London-listed companies with exposure to the domestic economy rise more than blue-chip stocks on Friday, for the first time since May, in a major reversal of fortunes. JP Morgan's UK domestic plays index that tracks about 30 UK stocks that make all or most of their revenue at home soared almost 8% on Friday for its best day since the grouping was created nearly three years ago. The index outperformed the FTSE 100 by 4.4%, the only time since May that it has performed better.
Britain's mid-cap index surged nearly 2% on Friday as hopes grew that a Brexit deal may be clinched by the end of the month, while a rally in blue-chip financial stocks and housebuilders helped the FTSE 100 reverse earlier losses. The FTSE 250 jumped 1.9% and was on course for its best day since January by 0953 GMT. After nearly three years of chaotic negotiations, signs that a divorce deal could finally be nailed down were enough to push London-listed companies with exposure to the domestic economy to a premium over the FTSE 100 for the first time since May.
The European Union agreed on Friday to enter intense talks with Britain to try to break the deadlock over Brexit, lifting financial markets with a sign that a deal could be done before the Halloween deadline. A flurry of activity has brought the fraught bargaining process to a new level as Britain's scheduled departure date of Oct. 31 grows ever closer, but it is still uncertain whether the two sides can make a breakthrough before then. By Thursday British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar said they had found "a pathway" to a possible deal, and by Friday some officials were expressing guarded optimism.
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UK stocks ended Friday on a high note as optimism that a no-deal Brexit could be avoided spurred a rally in stocks with domestic exposure, overpowering losses in blue-chip exporter stocks that were hit by a stronger sterling. The FTSE 100 rose 0.3%, with homebuilder Barratt jumping nearly 6% to top the gainers. The country's big banks Lloyds, Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays added more than 5%.
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Britain's Galliford Try has restarted talks to sell its residential housing businesses to Bovis Homes after Bovis nudged up its proposed offer to 1.08 billion pounds ($1.34 billion) and included a cash component. The talks, which mark a turnaround in fortunes since 2017 when Bovis rejected a bid approach https://www.reuters.com/article/bovis-ma-galliford/uk-builder-bovis-shares-jump-8-pct-on-galliford-try-talks-idUSL5N1GQ1JE from Galliford, come amid a slowdown in Britain's housing market, partly due to uncertainty caused by the country's departure from the European Union. A deal would also allow Galliford to concentrate on turning round its other construction interests.
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