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Please read the terms and conditions of useage of this data. This end of day data is provided for information and research purposes only. THE PRUDENT INVESTOR: Why I’m ditching lousy fund managers who can’t even beat a robot! Construction firm Kier rocketed up the FTSE 350 after issuing a bullish trading update and distancing itself from Carillion’s woes. The company said it was trading as normal and remains on track to deliver double-digit profit growth for the full year.
The comments sent shares surging 15. 142million to its value and bouncing back from its slump last week when it was hit by Carillion’s demise. Kier was a partner with Carillion on several contracts and saw its shares plunge more than 16 per cent last week despite saying it did not expect to take a financial hit. Carillion’s collapse saw Kier take over the Highways England smart motorways scheme and take responsibility for the HS2 major rail project, with Eiffage. Yesterday, it said the contracts were ‘performing well, operationally and financially’. 179million a year before as a result of increased investment in its property and residential arm. The FTSE 100 was down 0.
Discount retailer and education supplier Findel jumped higher after a stellar Christmas. The firm, which counts Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct as a top shareholder, enjoyed record sales in its express gifts business after building on the strength of its Black Friday campaign. Nephew soar up the FTSE 100. 5p after the investment bank hiked its rating to overweight from neutral.
Nephew’s new cost savings programme and a new chief executive could be catalysts for further growth. Nephew to benefit from US tax reform, the actual benefit was better than anticipated. It said sales in the year to January 19 were up 11 per cent, while its customer numbers surged 15 per cent to 1. Under its express gifts business Findel sells discount presents that can be personalised via its website studio. It said it had also seen encouraging trends in its education business, thanks to its strategy to boost online trading and make its courseware more price competitive. While trading in January had been slightly slower than anticipated, it was on track to meet its full-year targets, sending shares up 4. 5 per cent, or 9p, to 209p.