Driven by the recovery in investor confidence and risk appetite, Aberdeen Asset Management reported net new inflows of £1.4 billion during the first two months of 2012. The group is scheduled to release its interim results for the six months ended March 31 on Monday, April 30.
Harvey Nash Group raised its profit outlook as it expects full-year results to be ahead of expectations, driven by skills shortages in niche markets and fast growing digital and mobile markets which continue to boost demand for technology professionals.
The UK confidence index remains same in April compared to last month and the outlook is unlikely to improve, said GfK NOP Ltd on Friday after the data released this week showed the economy sliped back into its first double-dip recession since 1975.
Go-Ahead Group Plc bus market share increases to 23 percent with the acquisition of Northumberland Park Bus Depot and the group expects to profit while playing a substantial role in providing transport services for the Olympic Games.
ASOS Plc says it is positive about the progress towards achieving its sales target of £1 billion by 2015 and by that time it is expected international sales will account for 90 percent of total group's sales.
Standard Life Plc posted an increased inflows into its long-term savings businesses for the first-quarter and assets under administration (AUA) exceeded expectations driven by continuing net inflows into its newer fee based propositions and positive market movements.
Spectris Plc is expected to go for some small acquisitions after acquiring IRM, Sixnet and Omega in the previous year which add a significant strategic growth platform for its Industrial Controls segment. The group is scheduled to release its interim management statement on Friday.
IMI Plc says it is well placed for the future with a clearly defined strategy which should deliver further sustainable margin improvement and long-term growth, notably through the acceleration of its new product agenda and increased exposure to the faster growing emerging markets.
Recently Fitch Ratings revised its long-term outlook for Ladbrokes Plc, Britain's second-biggest bookmaker, to Stable from Negative with long-term IDR (Issuer Default Rating) at 'BB+' and short-term IDR at 'B'. The betting and gaming group is scheduled to release its first-quarter trading update on Thursday.
ASML Holdings NV reported a drop in its first-quarter earnings by 24 percent, as its backlog orders from top clients such as Intel and Samsung shrinked. Shares of the group fell as much as 3.5 percent at 0928 AM CEST on Amsterdam Stock Exchange.
Hunting Plc started its FY 2012 on a solid footing, as the energy demand remains firm. With a wide product and service offerings for its customers, the group has a global manufacturing presence in key energy regions around the world.
Shares of GKN, a global engineering group, rose 4.7 percent last week as Credit Suisse raised its rating to "Outperform" from "Neutral" and sets price target at 240 pence though during last month the group's shares underperformed the sector by shedding 9.9 percent, compared to 8.2 percent decline for the sector.