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Franklin UK Smaller Companies Fund

Ross Brookes from our Collectives Team has been looking at alternatives following Schroders decision to hard close Paul Marriage's Cazenove UK Smaller Companies Fund...

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Dividend cuts could hit water sector

All three listed water companies posted results this week, with dividends increased by all the sector players. However, with political pressure over household bills mounting, the looming regulatory review is much more important than any of these earnings reports.

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Royal Mail bulls celebrate - for now

Royal Mail posted an impressive set of maiden results, propelling the shares 5% ahead. However, risks remain as the threat of strike action by workers has resulted in some business customers switching to competitors ahead of the key Christmas period.

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Housing upturn means more DIY

This morning saw good news from retailer Topps Tiles, as it posted its first rise in adjusted profits since the financial crisis started in 2007. What does this mean for Kingfisher's update later this week?

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Charles Stanley News

Peper Harrow Point to Point Saturday 11th May

Always a great event for mingling with clients and their families, networking with agents and having a bet on the horses!

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The 27th annual Women in Wales charity luncheon

Gail De’Claire from the Cardiff office of Charles Stanley recently attended the 2019 Women in Wales charity luncheon

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Airlines fly as energy costs fall

A fall in the oil price after a deal was struck with Iran over its nuclear power programme boosted energy-intensive businesses such as airlines and cruise operators.

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Has Petrofac fallen too far?

Today finally saw some good news for oil services group Petrofac, as a joint venture won a new contract worth $2.1bn. This followed a series of major setbacks for investors.

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Whitbread jumps, Tui slumps

The FTSE 100 traded little changed on Friday afternoon, as Whitbread shares jumped following a broker upgrade and as shares in Tui Travel tumbled after a major investor sold his stake.

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Video: Next Week in the Market 25th-29th Nov 2013

Next week's reporting highlights include the water companies, Kingfisher and Wolseley.

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Mining investors need rewards

BHP Billiton confirmed at its AGM today that investment would be slashed by 25% this year, with further reductions to come. However, with continuing weakness in Chinese demand, is this too little too late?

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Yield from infrastructure funds

Infrastructure funds have been extremely popular over the last few years as they offer a potential long-term yield at a time of low interest rates.

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easyJet rides Ryanair’s turbulence

Running an airline is a difficult business, as margins tend to be thin. However, if a company gets its offer right then it can be extremely cash generative.

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Dow smashes through 16,000

The Chinese government pledged to expand economic freedoms, helping send the Dow Jones Industrial Average to more than 16,000 for the first time ever.

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