Weekly outlook: British Associated Foods and Moonpig report

Key events for UK wealth managers for the week starting 26 June

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Monday 26 June

  • First-half results from Carnival
  • German Ifo business climate survey
  • Associated British Foods Q3 results

On Monday, Associated British Foods will unveil their trading update for the third quarter. Shares in the owner of Primark, Twinings and British Sugar are up by a sixth over the last year following a 55% leap from autumn lows.

AJ Bell’s Russ Mould and Danni Hewson said: “The shares rally has been fuelled by a rally in the pound, a drop in oil and gas prices (to the potential benefit of consumer spending) and a marked fall in sea freight costs, while there have been no more profit warnings either, after the one dished out last September which drove the shares to a five-year low.

“The ongoing £500m share buyback may also be helping, and April’s first-half results were encouraging, as Primark performed more strongly than expected and the food operations proved resilient.

“Overall, first-half pre-tax earnings were flat and earnings per share down 3% on an adjusted basis year-on-year, and management nudged up the interim dividend. Chair Michael McLintock and chief executive George Weston left guidance unchanged, and that outlook statement will be important when it comes to how analysts and investors judge this latest update.”

  • In Asia, quarterly results from L’Occitane

Tuesday 27 June

  • Full-year results from CML Microsystems and CakeBox
  • Trading statement from Petrofac
  • Japanese inflation figures
  • US durable goods orders
  • US new homes sales
  • US Case-Shiller house price index
  • US Conference Board consumer confidence index
  • In Europe, quarterly results from Prosus
  • In South Africa, quarterly results from Naspers
  • In the US, quarterly results from Walgreens Boots Alliance

Wednesday 28 June

  • Full-year results from Marlowe
  • First-half results from Wynnstay
  • US bank stress tests results
  • US oil inventories
  • In the US, quarterly results from Micron, General Mills and BlackBerry

Thursday 29 June

  • Full-year results from De La Rue
  • Moonpig full-year results

Online gifting platform Moonpig will publish its full-year results on Thursday. The firm’s shares are currently 60% below their offering price in February 2021, and it has fallen out of the FTSE 250.

Mould and Hewson said the decline is largely down to four factors, including an end to lockdowns and the reopening of brick-and-mortar competition, worries over consumer confidence and retail spending given inflation and increases in the cost of living, the impact of postal strikes, and ultimately the firm’s valuation.

They said: “[Moonpig’s valuation] reflected a lot of enthusiasm for online shopping plays as they boomed during lockdowns and left little downside protection in the event of anything unexpected happening – rising interest rates are not usually good news for the valuation of growth stocks and this is proving the case again (right now, Moonpig trades on around 25 times earnings for the year just finished – still representing a big premium to the wider UK stock market).”

Susannah Streeter, Hargreaves Lansdown’s head of money and markets, added: “The company clearly comes into its own around key calendar events when people will pay a higher price for personalised wishes. However, for meaningful year-round revenue growth, it’ll have to work harder, as sales appear to be concentrated in the winter and the spring when there are more events to celebrate with a card, and potentially an add-on gift. The company has flagged that it’s mindful of the macro-economic environment, and so investors will be watching closely for future guidance, especially with the spending power of households set to be reduced further by the ramping up of interest rates.”

  • US pending homes sales
  • Third and final reading for US Q1 GDP growth
  • US weekly unemployment claims
  • In Europe, quarterly results from H & M
  • In the US, quarterly results from Nike and McCormick

Friday 30 June

  • Full-year results from Record and Premier African Minerals
  • Chinese purchasing managers indices (PMIs) for manufacturing and services
  • UK Nationwide house price index
  • EU flash inflation figures
  • US Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) index
  • In the US, quarterly results from Constellation Brands


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