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It's a full week in the world of U.K. investing next week, with results from ARM Holdings
The first week in February will bring us some full-year results, including those from a couple of the U.K.'s major technology companies -- and yes, we do have some.
One is ARM Holdings, the microprocessor designer that has taken the mobile-computing world by storm and will release results on Tuesday.
Apart from languishing in the doldrums for a while from the end of 2007, the shares have been one of recent history's true success stories, having grown in value more than sixfold since the start of 2009. That's been due largely to the growth in smartphones and iPads and the like, with a recent boost coming from Microsoft.
The other of the two, also on Tuesday, is Autonomy, whose shares have raced ahead in the past few years too, but during 2010 there were fears that the wheels might be coming off the juggernaut. Things were still looking good at the interim stage, though, with record results, so maybe investors just think the growth story is poised to slow a bit.
This time last year, Owain Bennallack compared the two and asked which was the best bet, plumping for, erm, the wrong one. Will he be bold enough to have another go this year? We shall see.
The week will be an important one for followers of the oil industry, with two big names revealing full-year results for 2010.
Royal Dutch Shell
It's a big week for telecoms, too, with third-quarter figures from BT
On the same day, we'll get a Q3 interim update from Vodafone
We'll also get final results from two more of the FTSE's big blue chips, on what will be a busy Thursday.
Profits at GlaxoSmithKline
The full year from Unilever is not likely to throw up any surprises, with profits expected to be pretty similar to last year. But its reliable and reasonably well-covered dividend make it a cornerstone stock of many a portfolio -- with a likely forward P/E of around 14, it's probably fairly valued.
A 2010 newcomer to the stock market, Ocado, will deliver its first annual results as a listed company on Tuesday, and they'll be keenly awaited by those who stumped up for shares at the flotation. The shares initially fell, as some feared the company's plans to reach profit were a bit of a tall order, but they've bounced back strongly and those initial shareholders are sitting on a reasonable profit at the moment.
Notable announcements next week:
- Monday: SThree, Mitie Group
- Tuesday: ARM Holdings, Autonomy, BP, Ocado, Centamin Egypt, National Grid, Pennon Group
- Wednesday: Carpetright, ICAP, Imperial Tobacco, Standard Life, Scottish & Southern Energy
- Thursday: GlaxoSmithKline, Royal Dutch Shell, Unilever, Alumasc, TUI Travel, BT Group, Metric Property Investments, Vodafone, Compass Group
- Friday: Electrocomponents
Fool U.K. comment on this week's news:
- British Airways 2.0: IAG Takes to the Skies
- Bumper Profits From America's Biggest Railway (Union Pacific)
- Shock Fall in UK GDP
- A Growth Star Slides From Grace (PZ Cussons)
- Accounting Scandal at Healthcare Locums
- WH Smith Still Looks Cheap
- Cookson Cooking on Gas
- JJB Fined £455,000 for Disclosure Failure
- Renishaw's Record Results
- A New Way to Invest in Wine (Wine Investors)
- BSkyB Soars on HD Growth
- AstraZeneca to Double Buybacks
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