Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Marks & Spencer LSE:MKS London Ordinary Share GB0031274896 ORD 25P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +2.10p +0.60% 349.90p 349.90p 350.10p 351.00p 347.20p 348.70p 2,924,317 15:30:28
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
General Retailers 10,622.0 176.4 7.2 48.6 5,684.94

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Marks & Spencer Daily Update: Marks & Spencer is listed in the General Retailers sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker MKS. The last closing price for Marks & Spencer was 347.80p.
Marks & Spencer has a 4 week average price of 340.20p and a 12 week average price of 306.70p.
The 1 year high share price is 397.80p while the 1 year low share price is currently 306.70p.
There are currently 1,624,731,648 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 6,059,839 shares. The market capitalisation of Marks & Spencer is £5,697,933,889.54.
philanderer: Toaday's weakness down to Deutsche.. Marks & Spencer second quarter sales to fall, Deutsche maintains 'hold' (ShareCast News) - Marks & Spencer will report a fall in second quarter sales, Deutsche Bank forecast on Friday ahead of the retailer's half-year results on 8 November. UK like-for-like sales will decline 0.7% and underlying pre-tax profit will fall 12% reflecting a mixed performance in an increasingly challenging UK market, the bank said. Market share gains in food have faded, while the need to reintroduce promotions is likely to have weighed on margins, analysts reckoned. In the clothing segment, full price share are seen swinging back into losses while total sales continue to be held back by the reduction in promotion and clearance volumes. "One positive trend should be International where closure of loss-making countries and translational movements should drive a material boost." But full year forecasts were mostly unchanged and a 'hold' recommendation was maintained, with a 345p share price target. HTTP://
jpjohn1: No, it's not good careful. Bad day today wiping the four positive days we had. Finished just .8p up on the week, being always positive even Mks are trying my patience where the share price is going.20 years ago this company was valued at 16 billion now only 5 billion, which means it's only worth 31% of that value. Have a great weekend everybody
jpjohn1: There are a lot of negative comments on this site, yes we like to hear a balanced view. With buying lots of different company's and seeing there comments most are negative for that company. So if you do not own Mks don't just complain about them all the time,we can assume you don't own shares in this company and are only doing this hoping the share price will drop a lot more so you can buy them, so unless you have something positive to say just forget about this company and look for a company you do like. The last comment by buywell3 is not very helpful, so if you don't have these shares go and buy ones YOU like !!
simon templar qc: I have been warning for some time bricks and mortar are struggling and I still feel a large bricks and mortar will hit the wall. Possibly Debenhams or Arcadia. Interesting ASOS are seeing a slowdown in online growth and online in general has seen slowdown. Online will peak and one or two bricks and mortar will fail the others will pick up the business. I think its too early to stock pick a bricks and mortar at the moment but it might no0t be long before that time comes. All the bricks and mortar and changing their business models to accommodate the change in consumer habits. I happen to think Marks will not fail but the share price may still weaken for a time. I am inclined to agree with the writer, patience is needed. The valuation on online retailers is too high.
jdung: now share price 313p , is it good-time for buy ?
jpjohn1: Yes if we could see the future, if I still had Morrisons now ( sold a couple of years ago) what the share price is now I had would have been 60k + profit, hindsight a great thing !!
jpjohn1: In the past I have bought many different shares in company's purchasing £ millions, but on this site don't matter what company it is I would say a third of all comments are very negative of that company, I am not saying we only have positive good news but there are a lot of investors out there hoping to give bad news all the time hoping the share price will collapse and they will pick up a bargain. Mks share price is not great at the moment but you are buying probably the best name in the high street
qantas: hxxp:// Shorts now at 7.91% or 128,515,972 shares to buy back. Listed companies with more brokers recommending 'sell' than 'buy' are few and far between, but Marks & Spencer (MKS) is one. According to Bloomberg data, there are twice as many analysts rating shares in the high street chain a 'sell'. It piqued our interest, then, when we received a bullish 54-page note from Barclays, initiating coverage of Marks. It's a "non-consensual" 'overweight' rating, clearly going against the grain, and a price target of 410p implies upside of 50p, or 14% from here. Clearly there are risks attached – it wouldn't be a contrarian view if there weren't. Latest data shows just how tough it is on the high street, with UK retail sales down a bigger-than-expected 1.8% last month. However, reports of a busy Easter suggest that's likely just a blip – and the pound has strengthened against the dollar since Theresa May's general election announcement and remains buoyant Friday, suggesting markets are unconcerned. M&S shares reacted well to the prospect of an election on 8 June and subsequent surge in sterling. A stronger pound potentially reduces costs for many UK retailers by making imported materials cheaper to buy. And Barclays is certainly optimistic on Marks. Add the retailer's enviable position of having a pension surplus - £833 million at year end March 2016 and still £581 million at the interim results - and Barclays price target would move up to 445p, giving upside of around a quarter. It is only prudence that prevents it doing so. M&S's share price has improved throughout April, and is currently almost 7% higher than where it started the month. Its 4.6% gain year-to-date means it's more or less back to where it was before the EU referendum. chart1 Its case is predicated on an ongoing move away from clothing sales and more towards food retail, an area in which Marks has a good track record. Its plan to open 200 more Simply Food stores by March 2019 is described as "credible". Sales in new stores are performing well so far and are 17% ahead of plan in the first half. Analyst James Anstead predicts that by 2020 food will account for 64% of M&S's UK sales. This is up from 52% in 2010. On clothing & home there are clear challenges both in the short term (FX) and in the longer term (online). Whilst it cannot avoid these industry headwinds, Anstead says "its older and wealthier customer base may be helpful". Its turnaround plan for this division will also help offset headwinds and new CEO Steve Rowe's store estate and product offering improvement plan is "comprehensive and sensible" and has delivered encouraging initial results. "The plan to exit 10 overseas markets should boost earnings with fast payback," he continues. "M&S may also be able to refinance c. £800 million of expensive debt." Then there's the question of M&S's meaty yield, currently 5.2% (around 40% more than the average FTSE 100 yield) and a key part of the investment case – since the start of its 2005/06 financial year, the firm has returned over £4.1 billion to shareholders in both dividends and share buybacks. Unlike many high-yielding blue-chip stocks, Anstead reckons that Marks' is a safe dividend, arguing that if it had needed to be cut it would have happened in May or November 2016 when Rowe outlined his strategic plans. "Secondly, with the company's more disciplined approach to capital spending, we expect that M&S will generate significant amounts of free-cash flow in the coming years and will be able to reduce its net debt – so we do not see any particular pressure on the dividend payment." A forecast price/earnings (PE) multiple for 2018 at Barclays' target price of 14.5 times is not obviously cheap compared to its five-year forward average of 12.3 times. However, Anstead points out in mitigation, its earnings per share (EPS) number is slightly depressed as, even for the year to March 2018, M&S will not be benefitting from the full elimination of its £45 million international losses. Further, its high depreciation charge as a percentage of pre-tax profit "undermines the meaningfulness of PE as a measure". The last note we saw on M&S came from UBS at the back end of March that saw the broker downgrade the stock from 'buy' to 'neutral' with a target price of just 340p, which was only 4p above the share price at the time. Analyst Andrew Hughes reckoned there was little chance of a rerating or positive earnings momentum in the foreseeable future. He spelled out caution on the dividend, with his forecast cover of 1.4 times in 2019 looking on the skinny side. On the flip side, at his target price, PE for 2018 stands at 12 times, bang in line with its five-year average. Barclays' view is based on the food retail viewpoint, rather than clothing and home like most analysts – so who investors choose to align their views with depends on their view of the company and its divisions. The attractive dividend, though, will sway many – as will the fact M&S is a staple name on the high street, which, as we learned from research by Investec Wealth & Investment yesterday, is a plus. This article is for information and discussion purposes only and does not form a recommendation to invest or otherwise. The value of an investment may fall. The investments referred to in this article may not be suitable for all investors, and if in doubt, an investor should seek advice from a qualified investment adviser. Please do your own research.
qantas: Essential investor due price is on the rise no point shorting when we are in a price rise due shorters lose big time as as are gambling on the share price only. 105,000,000 shares they need to buy back is going to be a amazing rise and will cause capitulation just like VW IN 28OCT08 By Sarah Marsh | FRANKFURT Volkswagen (VOWG.DE) briefly became the world's biggest company by market value on Tuesday, as short sellers caught betting on a price drop with borrowed stock scrambled to find shares after a buying spree by Porsche (PSHG_p.DE). Short sellers desperate to close their positions paid as much as 1,005 euros a share during the session following Sunday's news that there was less than 6 percent of VW voting stock still floating in the market. At that price Volkswagen's voting stock was worth 296 billion euros ($370 billion), or more than the $343 billion market capitalization of Exxon Mobil (XOM.N). VW shares later closed trading on Tuesday up 82 percent at 945 euros. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Short sellers make money by betting that the stock they sell will drop in price. If the stock drops, the short seller buys it back at a lower price and returns it to the lender. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Risks and disadvantages CFDs carry a high level of risk to your capital and you should only deal with money you can afford to lose. The value of investments can fall as well as rise and you may lose significantly more than your initial margin payment. Trading in these products is not suitable for all types of investors. We recommend that you consult an independent financial advisor if you are uncertain whether they are right for you. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Marks and Spencer group is rising on turnaround prediction. Its analysts upgraded the clothing retailer, which has been under pressure to revive flagging fashion sales, to Buy and made it its preferred stock among UK clothing sellers. Top pick: Jefferies said M&S profits could stay stable while rivals' fall PA Market Report: Marks & Spencer backers put on party frocks as broker eyes clothing boost. A stronger multichannel offer and a shift in the floorspace towards homewares and food would play to M&S’s strengths Please do your own research.
danboris2: The MKS share price must be a bit exposed at these high levels given all the turbulence in the market. Not convinced this share price will go any higher in the short term and the risk must be to the downside. Time to take some profits!
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