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
  +0.70p +0.21% 329.00p 329.70p 329.80p 331.50p 328.50p 330.50p 6,473,335.00 16:35:27
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
General Retailers 10,555.4 488.8 24.9 13.2 5,345.30

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30/6/201611:40MARKS & SPENCER CHARTS ONLY47.00
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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 328.30p.
Marks & Spencer has a 4 week average price of 334.09p and a 12 week average price of 339.90p.
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 6,248,225 shares. The market capitalisation of Marks & Spencer is £5,345,300,927.12.
qantas: British Bulls issued a short notice today...Let's see how they get on with this one.A sudden increase in the share price may lead to huge losses.Please do your own research.
philanderer: Marks & Spencer - 'It works' says one broker as it repeats its 'buy' on the retailer “Valuation and recommendation-wise we feel that the task of turning M&S into a business that can maybe double its profits before tax has clearly not been demonstrated yet and a new management team is wise not to over-commit,” said Haitong in a note to clients. “It works,” exclaims the headline from a research note from Haitong Research (Hai who? Me neither) on Marks & Spencer lauding the initial success of new boss Steve Rowe. The circular, penned by veteran analyst Tony Shiret and his team, restates Haitong’s ‘buy’ case and 375p a share price target. “Valuation and recommendation-wise we feel that the task of turning M&S into a business that can maybe double its profits before tax has clearly not been demonstrated yet and a new management team is wise not to over-commit,” said Haitong in a note to clients. “We felt that 2017 would be a time when we took a more neutral stance in the face of more difficult clothing market conditions.” Re-looking at their numbers in the wake of the recent trading update, Shiret and his team have downgraded profit forecasts by 1%, 3% and 2% for the next three years. They expect pre-tax profit to fall to £602mln in the year to March 31 from £684mln, then to £592mln and £582mln.
mornington crescent: what an apalling share M&S has been so bad that I am tempted to buy in share price is lower than it was 22 years ago FT relative is very weak and falling and the car parks at its larger stores still only half full cant help feeling it has further to fall as there is no sign of a rescue in sight even as a short term trade it has been pathetic but it has so much potential in the right hands looks like the xmas rally has failed and now its ex div so further falls could be on the cards and broker consensus is to sell patience MC
diku: Think NXT negativity has to some extent spilled over here hence the lack lustre share price performance...major clothing retailers thingy...
philanderer: Long round up of comments ;-) Markets & Spencer: City reaction after solid Christmas quarter beat After British retailer Marks & Spencer jumped 3pc after beating forecasts for Christmas trading, we take a look at some analysts' reactions: Freddie George, Cantor Fitzgerald: "Overall this update was better than expected. However, Steve Rowe’s new strategy will not, in our view, lead to a marked improvement in earnings over the medium term although it appears sensible and focussed on preventing any further steps down in profitability. In the meantime, the stock still does not look compelling value even after taking into account this update and is rated at 11.9x our FY17 earnings with a dividend currently yielding over 5pc, which we believe is not guaranteed, if management decide to tackle its debt burden. We reiterate our Sell recommendation and maintain our TP of 300p." David Jeary, Canaccord Genuity: "Overall a positive statement, in our view, with positive underlying Clothing sales very welcome, and which would seem to imply that Next was the exception rather than the rule in the clothing sector." However, Jeary believes M&S continues to be "a work in progress". "With the second part of the strategy under CEO, Steve Rowe, on International and a store portfolio rationalisation only delivered at the November interims, and the latter some years from realisation, the shape and rate of profit recovery remains unclear to us at best. As such, the company provides fuel for those of both a bullish and bearish persuasion, and share price movement is likely to be driven by trading newsflow and its impact on sentiment." Clive Black, Shore Capital: "We would expect the market to respond warmly to this update from M&S, noting management’s balanced, nay cautious comments on the UK outlook. That said, there is a lot going on in the business and this early win needs to become a trend for the stock to fulfil its undoubted potential, particularly with respect to the scope to harvest positive operational gearing. Accordingly, we recommence a recommendation with a HOLD stance." Tom Gadsby, Liberum: "M&S achieved LFL sales growth of 0.8pc underlying in Clothing & Home in Q3 albeit against the softest comps of the year , ahead of Next but well behind the challengers in the clothing market. Today's Q3 update from M&S highlights the fact that its market continues to be squeezed, by fast fashion, online, brands and value. We fear that for M&S the outlooks gets tougher still. The plan to close 10pc of clothing and home space is very long term, in our view, and we see further erosion of Clothing margins in the meantime." As such, the investment bank maintained its "sell" rating on Marks & Spencer.
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://
qantas: 82% CFD Have lost money. New rules to help protect investors using financial spread betting - in which 82% have lost money - have been proposed by the financial watchdog. The Financial Conduct Authority wants to tackle the "contract for difference" (CFD) market, which includes financial spread betting. It fears that retail customers are using products they do not understand. The CFD market offers the opportunity to speculate on a shift in the market without owning the underlying asset. The FCA is proposing measures to limit the risks of CFD products and ensure that customers are better informed. "We have serious concerns that an increasing number of retail clients are trading in CFD products without an adequate understanding of the risks involved, and as a result can incur rapid, large and unexpected losses," said Christopher Woolard, the FCA's executive director of strategy and competition. Analysis Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Plus 500 are one of Atletico Madrid's sponsors Simon Gompertz, BBC personal finance correspondent Some 125,000 small investors are active in betting on movements in shares and currencies rather than buying the underlying investment. Spread betting firms are relentless in recruiting them, by blazoning their brands on football shirts, on public transport and in free newspapers. The internet has made dealing and advertising much easier. The companies pay to feature prominently on internet search engines and advertise on social media. A handful of players dominate in the UK, but 96 are authorised and another 130 promote their online trading from elsewhere in Europe, mostly from Cyprus. Losses can be instantaneous, with little chance of recovery, because they allow people to take big risks with small stakes. It means that a small movement in the price of shares can result in the security deposit an investor has put up - the margin - being wiped out. These complex investments are often sold to ordinary investors online. The potential losses or gains can be much larger than from traditional trading as an investor can hold a trading position representing a much higher value than the size of the stake invested. The FCA's analysis found that 82% of clients lost money on such products. The average among clients checked by the watchdog was a loss of £2,200 a year. Its plans include: Standardised risk warnings given to customers Proportion of winners and losers on products published by providers Capping the proportion of "borrowed" funds that can be used for trading by inexperienced retail clients Preventing providers from using any form of trading or account opening bonuses or benefits to promote CFD products Consultation on the plans is open until March, with a further statement expected from the FCA in the spring. Immediate impact Shares in firms offering these services were hit hard following the announcement. CMC Markets and IG Group were the biggest fallers on the FTSE 250, both down about 30% in morning trading. Plus 500, which also saw its share price fall, said the FCA's plans would have "a material, operational and financial impact on the UK regulated subsidiary". This represents about 20% of its global business. IG Group said that it recognised there were "shortcomings in the approach to the marketing of CFDs" by certain firms, often operating from outside the UK. "Certain of the FCA proposals could enhance client outcomes," it added. "However, the FCA's proposals do not appear to directly apply to firms operating from outside the UK offering CFDs and binaries to clients in the UK on a cross-border services passport from another EU member state. "IG will carefully consider the implications of the FCA consultation paper." CMC said it had consistently focused on higher-value experienced premium clients who understood the markets and products they were trading.
careful: The traditional retailers, TSCO, MKS and SBRY are each getting their act together after the share price collapses of recent years. I bought into all three over the past few months and it is paying off. I am confident MKS will be turned around. They have been scared into a new realty and financial discipline.All have a great loyal customer base. Each became complacent and wasteful in the past.
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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