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|52-week range||1.5400 - 3.9600|
|Beta (5Y monthly)||0.61|
|PE ratio (TTM)||7.43|
|Forward dividend & yield||0.19 (8.55%)|
|Ex-dividend date||23 Dec 2019|
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Britain's BT and Vodafone are considering urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to risk the rollout of next generation mobile networks by banning China's Huawei, sources said, confirming a Sky News report on Friday. Britain is set to take a final decision on Huawei's role in building new 5G networks this month. U.S. government officials have pushed for a total ban on Huawei on security grounds, and reports said they presented new evidence on Monday about the risks of using the Chinese company's equipment, branding it "madness".
British electricals retailer Dixons Carphone stuck to its forecast for annual profit and said a plan to cope with the challenging mobile phone market was working, but it wasn't counting on any post-election boost. It reported a drop in first-half profit of 60 percent, though it maintained its financial guidance for its full 2019-20 year. UK voters headed to the polls on Thursday in an election that could break the impasse over Britain's exit from the European Union, but Dixons Carphone chief executive Alex Baldock said that political clarity wouldn't necessarily help consumer confidence.
BT's fixed-line network arm Openreach has started an evaluation process seeking a third strategic vendor alongside telecoms gear makers Nokia Oyj and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] for the rollout, Richard Knowles, an Openreach spokesman, told Reuters. The development comes as the United States has been pressing nations not to grant Huawei access to 5G networks and alleged that Huawei's equipment could be used by Beijing for spying, which the Chinese company has repeatedly denied.
BT's fixed-line network arm Openreach has started an evaluation process seeking a third strategic vendor alongside telecoms gear makers Nokia Oyj and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd for the rollout, Richard Knowles, an Openreach spokesman, told Reuters. The development comes as the United States has been pressing nations not to grant Huawei access to 5G networks and alleged that Huawei's equipment could be used by Beijing for spying, which the Chinese company has repeatedly denied.
Welcome to the home for real-time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Julien Ponthus. The Energy sector is also expected to be under pressure with oil prices retreating due to the trade tensions. While we wait to see if there will be any surprise in the list of companies Labour will seek to nationalise should it win the Dec 12 election, Royal Mail and Severn Trent, already targeted, both published trading updates.
Welcome to the home for real-time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Julien Ponthus. BRING ON THE "LABOUR NATIONALISATION HIT LIST"! Labour will unveil its manifesto this morning at 11h00 GMT in Birmingham.
Britain's BT has told a company promoting digital skills it would continue working with it if it dropped Prince Andrew as a patron. The British royal has been engulfed in a growing scandal since he gave a TV interview on Saturday to discuss his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in a U.S. prison in August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Andrew denied an allegation that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl procured for him by Epstein but said he did not regret the friendship.
British utilities are becoming increasingly popular with bond investors who believe their debt may benefit if a Labour government comes to power in December's general election and takes them into public ownership. Labour's finance spokesman John McDonnell last week detailed the party's plans to nationalise parts of BT to provide free broadband for all if it wins the election. Most opinion polls show the ruling Conservative Party with a clear lead ahead of the Dec. 12 poll, suggesting a left-wing government under Jeremy Corbyn is unlikely.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday he was putting on hold further cuts in corporation tax and told voters he would use the money for spending on health and other priorities. "We are postponing further cuts in corporation tax," Johnson told business leaders at a conference organised by the Confederation of British Industry, an employers' group. Britain's main corporation tax is among the lowest among the world's industrialised economies but the government had been due to cut it to 17% next year from 19% now.
There is a threat to British business from both the left and the right of politics, the country's biggest business lobby group the CBI warned on Monday, a month before voters head to the polls to elect a new government.
Britain's opposition Labour Party says if it wins the Dec. 12 election it will nationalise BT's broadband network and provide free internet for all within a decade, a radical election pledge to roll back decades of private ownership. The UK's biggest broadband and mobile phone provider was the flagship of Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's policy of selling state-owned assets, a political revolution that she said would improve efficiency and "spread the nation's wealth among as many people as possible".
Britain's anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats could support a minority Labour or Conservative Party government on an issue-by-issue basis if a Dec. 12 election does not produce a clear winner, the party's finance spokesman Ed Davey said on Friday. "If either of them form a minority government, as is possible, we will vote issue by issue... that will force any government to come to the centre to be more moderate," Davey told an audience in Leeds, northern England. Davey said the party would not vote to make Conservative leader Boris Johnson nor Labour's Jeremy Corbyn prime minister.
Sterling rose to a 10-day high against the U.S. dollar on Friday as Brexit Party candidates stood down from over 40 seats not held by the Conservative Party, which traders saw as a move that would help the Conservatives gain a majority in the upcoming UK elections. The pound has been rising in the past week as polls suggested Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative party could win a majority at the Dec. 12 election, which is seen as increasing the chances of the UK leaving the European Union with a deal on Jan. 31. The Brexit party has stood down from 43 non-Conservative seats, 11 of which are held by the main opposition Labour Party and 17 of which saw the Conservative Party finish in second place in the 2017, according to a Telegraph reporter.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn's plan to nationalise BT's network was a "crazed Communist scheme". Johnson, speaking before a campaign bus emblazoned with the slogan "Get Brexit Done", said delivering Brexit would clear Britain's arteries. "It will be something that clears our arteries, it will unblock our system, it will get us back on our feet and able to take advantage of all the things that we want to get from Brexit," he said.
A British government led by the Labour Party would tax multinational companies' global profits based on their presence in Britain, the party's finance spokesman said on Friday. "So if a multinational has 10% of its sales, workforce, and operations in the UK, they're asked to pay tax on 10% of their global profits," John McDonnell said in a speech on Friday ahead of the Dec. 12 national election.
BT has retained the UK broadcast rights to Champions League soccer for three years from 2021 at an annual cost of 400 million pounds ($512 million), despite reported competition from rival Sky. The renegotiation had been seen as a test of the appetite of BT Chief Executive Philip Jansen, who took on the role in February, to spend on sports rights. The deal also covers matches from the Europa League and a planned third competition for European clubs, BT said in a statement on Friday.