London Stocks Seen Opening Marginally Higher

0747 GMT - The FTSE 100 index is expected to open around 4 points higher, according to IG, helped by gains in Asian stocks and in U.S. stocks the previous day following better-than-expected U.S. GDP data. However, traders are likely to remain cautious ahead of U.S. PCE inflation data later and ahead of decisions next week by the Bank of England, European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve. "Today sees a quieter session all round, with only the U.S. PCE price index and pending home sales, plus earnings from American Express and Chevron, on the calendar," IG analysts say in a note. (

Companies News: 

Direct Line CEO Penny James Steps Down

Direct Line Insurance Group PLC said Friday that Chief Executive Penny James is stepping down from the role with immediate effect.


Bestway Group Buys Around $240 Mln of Shares in J Sainsbury

Bestway Group Ltd. said Friday that it has bought or agreed to buy shares worth 3.45% of J Sainsbury PLC's issued share capital, or around 193.4 million pounds ($240.0 million).


Superdry Cuts FY 2023 Profit Guidance After Swing to 1H Pretax Loss

Superdry PLC said Friday that it swung to a pretax loss in the first half of fiscal 2023 though revenue rose, and lowered its full-year profit outlook.


On the Beach FY 2023 Year-to-Date Holiday Sales Up 68% Vs Year Earlier Period

On the Beach Group PLC said Friday that the total value of holidays sold for the fiscal year to date is 68% higher than the same period last year, with October to December bookings beating their year earlier comparatives.


Avon Protection 1Q Revenue Rose, Says Order Pipeline is Strong

Avon Protection PLC said Friday that its first-quarter revenue rose and that it has a strong pipeline for its leading respiratory products.


Paragon Banking 1Q New Lending Rose; Raises FY 2023 Interest Margin Guidance

Paragon Banking Group PLC on Friday said first-quarter new lending increased 22% on year and raised its net interest margin growth guidance for fiscal 2023.


Faron Pharmaceuticals Raises EUR12 Mln via Share Placing

Faron Pharmaceuticals Oyj said Friday that it has raised 12 million euros ($13.1 million) via the share placing announced late Thursday.


Treatt 1Q Sales Rose; Confident for Year Ahead

Treatt PLC said Friday that it has made a good start to fiscal 2023 with first-quarter sales rising in line with management expectations, and is confident for the year ahead.


Stelrad Group to Report Record 2022 Adjusted Operating Profit

Stelrad Group PLC said Friday that it expects to report a record adjusted operating profit for 2022 on revenue that was boosted by the acquisition of DL Radiators from August.


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