The FTSE 100 is called to open 5 points lower at 6710. Stocks dipped Friday from records and equity futures fell as restrictions to curb escalating coronavirus cases dented some of the optimism over earnings and plans for additional stimulus. The dollar edged higher. Equities in Hong Kong slid after a report that an area of the city would go into lockdown. Japanese stocks were modestly lower. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures slipped after U.S. shares eked out a record high Thursday as tech stocks advanced. European contracts pointed lower. Treasuries were steady.

  • Premier Foods Rated New Reduce at HSBC; PT 90 pence
  • Sage Rated New Buy at Peel Hunt; PT 735 pence
  • Bango Rated New Buy at Liberum; PT 260 pence
  • Vectura Cut to Neutral at Citi; PT 130 pence
  • Bunzl Cut to Equal-Weight at Barclays; PT 2,350 pence
  • EasyJet Raised to Outperform at Davy
  • Credit Agricole Raised to Overweight at Barclays; PT 12.10 euros
  • NEL Raised to Buy at Citi
  • Eurofins Scientific Cut to Hold at Stifel; PT 78 euros
  • Enea Cut to Hold at ABG; PT 220 kronor
  • Vestas Cut to Hold at ABG; PT 1,420 kroner


  • Siemens AG Sees 1Q Op Results ‘Significantly’ Above Estimates. Profits at two of its main business units rose unexpectedly in Q1. Results driven by Higher than expected China Growth.
  • Samsung Is Said to Consider $10 Billion Texas Chipmaking Plant.
  • Remy Cointreau 3Q Rev. Beats Ests., Keeps FY Guidance.
  • Airbus at the close warned, Production rates will remain lower for longer. Expects commercial aircraft market to recover by 2023-25.
  • Huber + Suhner FY revenues miss estimates with CHF737.9m mkt est CHF749m. FY organic sales -10%.
  • Orange’s EU22/Share Offer for Orange Belgium Includes Dividend.
  • SEB FY Sales Beat, Company Sees Smaller Drop in FY Op. Profit.
  • GSK FDA approves ViiV Healthcare’s Cabenuva for HIV treatment.
  • Next pulls out of TopShop bidding as it can’t meet pricing expectations, paves the way for Chinese online fashion retailer Shein to buy the business.
  • Marks & Spencer Signs New Deals With Phase Eight, Joules, Hobbs And Seasalt.
  • UK retail sales +0.3% in Dec vs 1.3% est. Much lighter than expectations.
  • Castellum FY Dividend Per Share Beats Estimates.
  • Salzgitter Sees 2021 Pretax Profit EU150M to EU200M.
  • Natixis to Cut 245 Roles in France as Jobs Moved to Portugal.
  • ProSieben Prelim FY Sales About EU4.04B, Est. EU3.95B.
  • Elekta Sold All of Its Viewray Stake at $4.65 a Share.
  • Learning Tech Adj EBIT is expected to be ahead of consensus and not less than £40.0m, cash significantly ahead at £70m, confident of growth.
  • Computacenter momentum continues. Adj PBT guidance raised to “In excess of £195m” (raised in Dec20 to “unlikely to be less than £190m”). Outlook positive.
  • Aviva Shortlists Allianz, Apollo, Cinven, CNP for Italy Unit.
  • Cineworld Facing Revolt Over Proposed GBP65M CEO Bonus Scheme. – FT.

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