12 June 2020
The FTSE 100 plunged 3.99% to 6,076.70 on Thursday (11 June) on the back of investor fears of slower-than-hoped-for economic recovery data emanating from the US Federal Reserve.
SECTOR IN FOCUS
Retail is a much talked about space in the past few months, and rightly so, as one of the hardest hit areas of the economy thanks to coronavirus. Next week will see the opening of non-essential shops for the first time since March. Companies are reporting too with online fast fashion retailer Boohoo (BOO) giving a trading update on Wednesday (17 June). Kingfisher (KGF), which has just been restored to the FTSE 100 after a short hiatus, is also reporting full-year preliminary results on Wednesday. The firm owns retailers such as B&Q and Screwfix, important fixtures in the UK retail landscape.
There are two notable sets of statistics due to report next week. On Tuesday (16 June) we have the latest wage data and unemployment figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Because of the way these figures are reported in arrears, we haven’t yet had concrete figures on what impact the coronavirus shutdown has had on the economy. These latest ones will offer a better picture. On Wednesday (17 June) the ONS publishes the latest inflation data. This will likewise provide a very important insight into the health of the UK economy as spending has collapsed in the past few months. Analysts expect the inflation figure to be heading towards zero.
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16 June – Ashtead Group (AHT) publishes its full-year results. The share price of the construction equipment hire company has taken a hit thanks to the poor US economic outlook, but the company said in April its servicing levels had stabilised after an initial drop. Investors will want to see evidence of this in the numbers though.
18 June – Energy infrastructure provider National Grid (NG) delivers its full-year company results amid upbeat analyst assessments of the firm. The company has had a hand in the delivery of coal-free energy for two months in the UK, investors will be keen to hear if it has weathered the current crisis well.