It’s another four-day week, so corporate news is thin on the ground, but there’s still plenty to interest investors and it’ll be big day in the US on Friday.
Monday 2 April
Markets closed for Easter Monday
Tuesday 3 April
Wednesday 4 April
Topps Tiles (TPT) had enjoyed a strong four months in terms of share price performance, and like-for-like revenue in the final 13 weeks of 2017 rose 3.4% versus just 0.3% the year before.
But the shares have turned south since amid a slew of negative trading statements from the retail sector as real wages, where inflation outstrips average pay rises, continue to fall.
Topps Tiles, MaxCyte, Concurrent Technologies, Next Fifteen Communications
Thursday 5 April
It’s a big day for stocks going ex-dividend. Among the big payers trading without the right to the latest divi on Thursday will include Redrow (RDW), Taylor Wimpey (TW.), Direct Line Insurance (DLG) and Aviva (AV.).
Friday 6 April
US jobs data will steal the show on Friday. Nonfarm payrolls are expected to have risen 185,000 in March following a far bigger than expected increase of 313,000 in February. Watch for an unemployment rate a fraction better at 4%.
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