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Sterling, Euro Could Rise But Gains May Be Limited

1048 GMT - Sterling and the euro are likely to strengthen in coming months as the economic outlook for the eurozone and U.K. improves, but any gains could prove limited, HSBC says. "Despite this bullish outlook for the months ahead, we flag some early warning signs that the good news may not persist beyond the summer," HSBC forex analysts say in a note. A slowing disinflationary impulse and the impact of prior monetary policy tightening could increase downside growth risks later this year, and there is already signs of this in weaker credit growth and credit demand, they say. HSBC expects EUR/USD to rise to 1.15 and GBP/USD to reach 1.30 this year. GBP/USD last trades at 1.2452 and EUR/USD is at 1.1044. (


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NextEnergy Solar Fund Plans to Divest 236MW UK Solar Assets Portfolio

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Byotrol Sees FY 2023 Meeting Market Views; Names Trevor Francis as Chairman

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4Global Expects to Report FY 2023 Revenue Rose on Strong Performance

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Quixant Sees Good Start to 2023 With Strong Demand; Proposes Name Change to Nexteq

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Engage XR Shares Rise After 1Q Revenue Growth

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Taylor Maritime Investments 4Q Net Asset Value Rose; Declares Interim Dividend

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Driver Group Shares Rise After 1H Profits Increase

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Inchcape 1Q Revenue Rose 50%; Sees FY Results in Line

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Spectris Backs 2023 Views After 1Q Sales Grew

Spectris PLC said Thursday that 2023 has started strongly and backed its full-year targets.


Naked Wines Expects In-Line Pretax Profit for FY 2023

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Kerry Group 1Q Revenue Rose on Strong Foodservice Growth

Kerry Group PLC said Thursday that revenue rose in the first quarter of 2023, and backed its full-year guidance.


CT Automotive Shares Tumble on Discounted Fund Raising

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Ibstock Early 2023 Earnings Beat Management Expectations Despite Subdued Demand

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Lancashire Holdings 1Q Gross Premiums Rose 23%

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J Sainsbury FY 2023 Profit Reached Top End of Views, Sees Challenging Year Ahead

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RS Group Agrees to Buy Distrelec for EUR365 Mln

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International Personal Finance Looks In Good Shape After 1Q Growth

1123 GMT - International Personal Finance posted strong growth across the board and looks in good shape, Peel Hunt says in a note after it reported first-quarter results. The credit company sees full-year results ahead of its internal expectations after posting a rise in its first-quarter customer lending. "IPF is in good shape and 1Q continues the recent track record of strong operational performance," analysts say, lifting their estimates as well as their target price on the buy-rated stock to 170 pence from 167 pence. Shares are up 1.25% at 97.2 pence and have gained 33% year-to-date. (


AstraZeneca Lung-Cancer Drug Trial Needs to Impress

1057 GMT - AstraZeneca shares rise 0.6% after the drug company reported better-than-expected first-quarter revenue and earnings per share. Still, earnings near-term take second place to pending headline data from a lung-cancer drug trial known as Tropion-Lung01, Citigroup says. The data needs to be robust given consensus expectations, though Citi remains optimistic, it says. "AstraZeneca's decision not to raise guidance despite the 12% core earnings-per-share beat reflects concerns over sustainability of China rebound and de-stocking of rare-disease drugs later in the year," Citi analysts say in a note. (


Hotel Chocolat Shares Looks Cheap, Liberum Says

1044 GMT - Hotel Chocolat's fiscal 2023 performance might be worse than hoped, but the story is all about fiscal 2024 and beyond, Liberum says. The chocolatier has all the building blocks to deliver strong Ebitda margins from next year, and while there has been disruption to underlying performance as it carried out efficiency projects, the focus should be firmly on its ability to deliver against its strategy, Liberum analysts say in a research note. "[The current share price] has to be wrong for a business with cash on the balance sheet and a profit forecast of GBP30 million by fiscal 2025," the brokerage says. Liberum retains its buy rating and 300 pence price target. Shares are down 10% at 157.5 pence. (


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