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
  +0.30p +0.08% 366.60p 366.50p 366.70p 369.20p 364.70p 367.20p 8,769,539 16:29:56
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
General Retailers 10,555.4 488.8 24.9 14.7 5,956.19

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04/4/201722:56Get on your Marks bid rumour.336.00
06/3/201711:37Archie Norman bringing home the M&S bacon1.00
30/6/201612:40MARKS & SPENCER CHARTS ONLY47.00
07/1/201609:27M&S about to go up234.00

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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 366.30p.
Marks & Spencer has a 4 week average price of 330.70p and a 12 week average price of 322.70p.
The 1 year high share price is 448p while the 1 year low share price is currently 255.10p.
There are currently 1,624,711,528 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 8,924,077 shares. The market capitalisation of Marks & Spencer is £5,956,192,461.65.
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.
boraki: Well like I said before, I think they are pushing their luck with this one. There will be a trading update Q4 on Thursday and the price has gone down hardly at all since they took out their short positions. We know Xmas trading was good, there has been no profits warning since then and we have a new CEO who is changing M and S slowly by putting more than 200 food halls ( the back bone of M and S Profits) over the next 4 years and closing 70 loss making stores or converting them. Yes the currencies are not in the favour of M and S at the moment, but the shorters must be gambling on the hope of seriously less profits. I do not believe this will materialise in the Thursday update, hence they will be scrambling for the doors, and there is no trading on Friday, oooops. ( This allows the Easter papers to report about M and S, if this is slightly positive, then the shorts will be very unhappy indeed) I think they could be in trouble and lead to an even quicker share price rise for M and S. DYOR Good luck to all M and sers
boraki: According to my calculations, Q4 trading update should be next Thursday, 13th April. This is 91 days since the last one, and this corresponds with the same time frame as last year. DYOR HTTPS:// Watch the share price leading up to this to see if information starts to leak.
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.
philanderer: 3 top FTSE 100 dividend stocks going cheap EZJ, RMG and MKS On your Marks High street giant Marks & Spencer Group(LSE: MKS) has also had a dismal year, its share price down 21% in that time. It still trades lower than it does five years ago. This is a tale of two very different divisions: its food halls are enjoying the best of times, its clothing sales are suffering the worst of times. The first has caught the foodie zeitgeist, the second is a fashionista fail. Chief executive Steve Rowe is wisely backing its winning food formula and stepping away from its losing clothing division. He plans to roll out more than 200 new Simply Food stores, while cutting back on around 60 Clothing & Home outlets, although some will get a revamp. All this will cost money, around £500m, so wave goodbye to any special dividends. Consumers may be feeling the squeeze but trading at 9.5 times earnings and yielding 5.7%, such headwinds now look priced-in. HTTP://
qantas: Marks & Spencer got a boost on Tuesday as Jefferies upgraded the stock to 'Buy' from 'Underperform' and hiked the price target to 370p from 250p, pointing to the company's strategy progress. The drop in the share price from around 440p in May 2016, following CEO Steve Rowe's first strategy presentation and then compounded by the Brexit vote, has been dramatic, Jefferies said. However for the past six months, it has fluctuated around 340p implying a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 11-12x, in-line with where M&S traded between 2010 and 2013. Jefferies said there are a number of reasons to be bullish on the stock right now.
philanderer: Jefferies note: (ShareCast News) - Marks & Spencer got a boost on Tuesday as Jefferies upgraded the stock to 'buy' from 'underperform' and hiked the price target to 370p from 250p, pointing to the company's strategy progress. The drop in the share price from around 440p in May 2016, following CEO Steve Rowe's first strategy presentation and then compounded by the Brexit vote, has been dramatic, Jefferies said. However for the past six months, it has fluctuated around 340p implying, a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 11-12x, in-line with where M&S traded between 2010 and 2013. Jefferies said there are a number of reasons to be bullish on the stock right now. The bank said its survey results show that the investment M&S has made over the past few years is steadily paying off, with improving perceptions of its multi-channel offer. it said M&S's multi-channel customers are particularly impressed, with 45% prepared to highly recommend the retailer. Jefferies said the closure of 53 loss-making international stores relieves the group of £45m of operating losses. "The strategy to shift the mix of Clothing & Home and Food space from 65/35% to nearer 55%/45% over the next five years plays to M&S' omni-channel and Food strengths and gives them over 1,000 convenient stores for Food and click & collect. "The plan could result in flat profits over the next two years when competitors will likely see significant falls given the macro-environment, and then see profits improve in FY20E and FY21E." However, there are also reasons be bearish, according to Jefferies, such as the fact that the plan comes with increased execution risks. Also, it said M&S needs to make sure it remains price and quality competitive during a difficult market environment, having already realised many of the easier gross margin gains. At 1009 GMT, the shares were up 2.4% to 336.88p. HTTP://
philanderer: '3 income stocks I’d buy in January' On your Marks High street stalwart Marks & Spencer (LSE: MKS) has had a very different year to BP, its share price falling 25% in the last 12 months. Some might see this as a recovery opportunity, but be warned, plenty have got sucked into that trap over the last seven or eight years. The real value at Marks lies in its income prospects: it currently yields 5.74%, nicely covered 1.9 times. Clothing retailers look set for a tough year, judging by the troubles afflicting Next. Marks & Spencer’s general merchandise (clothing) division fell out of fashion years ago but bizarrely this may give it some protection, as management is wisely tilting the business towards its flourishing food operation. Posh grub looks more Brexit-proof to me: Brits gotta have their ready meals. Its current valuation of just 9.45 times earnings should also whet the appetite. HTTP://
diku: But Rowe has no control over the share price...its the casino markets that control the share price (HFT)...this is how good company share prices are destroyed...ever since the tech boom & bust of 2000 the casino mentality has just got bigger & worse...
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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