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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
  -5.50p -1.78% 303.80p 304.70p 304.80p 308.90p 302.70p 308.60p 14,724,352 16:35:03
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
General Retailers 10,622.0 176.4 7.2 42.2 4,935.93

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17/12/2017
08:20
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 309.30p.
Marks & Spencer has a 4 week average price of 296.30p and a 12 week average price of 296.30p.
The 1 year high share price is 397.80p while the 1 year low share price is currently 296.30p.
There are currently 1,624,731,648 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 10,658,100 shares. The market capitalisation of Marks & Spencer is £4,935,934,746.62.
15/12/2017
09:34
philanderer: Jefferies: M&S survey offers food for thought Jefferies has confidence that Marks and Spencer (MKS) is well positioned, despite the market’s jitters over the clothing and food retailer. ‘Marks and Spencer’s change in strategic direction, without giving many financial details, is causing uncertainty,’ said analyst Caroline Gulliver. ‘[The] share price has fallen 12% since early October highs in part due to concerns over management’s quest to tell the “unvarnished truth”. This led to acknowledgement that “food requires more work”.’ But the broker’s own analysis of customer perceptions of Marks and Spencer’s food offering showed a stronger rating than the major four supermarkets, with most thinking value and the shopping experience had improved over the last six months. ‘Whilst more can be done on availability, consistent prices, better value promotions and a wider range, Marks and Spencer’s innovative, own-label fresh food is still a favourite with UK consumers,’ she said. Gulliver rates the company a ‘buy’ and has a 370p target price on the shares, which fell a penny to 310.1p yesterday. HTTP://citywire.co.uk/money/the-expert-view-capita-mands-and-stagecoach/a1077826?re=51160&ea=290170&utm_source=BulkEmail_Money_Daily&utm_medium=BulkEmail_Money_Daily&utm_campaign=BulkEmail_Money_Daily#i=3
28/11/2017
18:58
grupo guitarlumber: Why I’d sell this FTSE 100 shocker to buy this dividend star Royston Wild | Sunday, 26th November, 2017 | More on: BWNG MKS Image: Marks & Spencer. Fair use. Against a toughening trading backdrop Marks & Spencer Group (LSE: MKS) has seen its share price decline 25% from the 2017 peaks above 395p per share printed back in May. And the company’s latest trading update has fed expectations that even more trouble could be around the corner. Transforming its clothing lines has long been a problem amid charges that its ranges are both old-fashioned and expensive, particularly when lined up against what’s found over at the likes of Next and H&M. And Marks & Spencer’s November market update showed that these accusations remain very much alive and well. While revenues have improved over the most recent quarter, the company still endured a 0.7% decline in like-for-like sales for the six months to September. Food failing To add to the its headaches, the allure of its previously-robust Food arm is also declining slightly. Like-for-like sales here dropped 0.1% during April-September, its performance again lagging that of the wider grocery industry. M&S noted noted the detrimental impact of the online home delivery and convenience segments on sales, and the price pressures that are driving customers into the arms of the discounters. The FTSE 100 firm plans to slow the rollout of its Simply Food outlets, and to change its product proposition with a greater focus on value. This is likely to put further stress on already-pressured margins and higher costs and increased promotions in the first half have caused M&S to say Food margins will fall between 75 and 125 basis points in the full year. A bleak outlook Falling demand for its edible items is the last thing Marks & Spencer needed given its ongoing failure to attract fashion shoppers. Chief executive Steve Rowe recently commented: “The business still has many structural issues to tackle as we embark on the next five years of our transformation”; and he is not kidding, the challenging retail environment making it even harder to achieve its much-awaited turnaround. The City is expecting earnings to drop 9% in the year to March 2018, and the likelihood of any bounce-back thereafter is built on pretty sandy foundations, in my opinion. I reckon investors should give the company a wide berth despite its low paper valuation, a forward P/E ratio of 10.8 times. Brown sugar Marks and Sparks’ poor profits outlook, expensive transformation programme and colossal debt pile (net debt stood at £2bn as of September) leave dividends in danger of falling short of forecasts. Analysts are expecting an 18.4p per share reward, creating a jumbo 6.2% yield. Instead, I believe those seeking a cut-price dividend star should take a look at N Brown Group (LSE: BWNG). The FTSE 250 retailer is expected to deliver a 14.22p per share reward, resulting in a monster 5.2% yield. Although the retailer is not immune to the broader pressures washing over the UK high street, its focus on the ‘plus size’ niche segment and under-served 50-plus market puts it in a much stronger position than M&S to ride out the storm and deliver long-term earnings growth. Indeed, sales at its Jacamo and Simply Be fascias increased 6.7% and 21% respectively during March-August. The City is expecting earnings to slip 3% in the 12 months to February, but I am expecting earnings to flip higher thereafter, helped by its increased focus on online retailing. I reckon a forward P/E ratio of 12.4 times makes N Brown worth a serious look today.
28/11/2017
07:06
the grumpy old men: Food & Drink Marks and Spencer called out over ‘appalling’ food waste LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Members of the public walk past a branch of Marks & Spencer on January 7, 2014 in London, England. The food and clothing retailer, which has traded for 130 years, has seen a recent drop in share price as investors are predicting disappointing sales figures for the store's clothing division. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images) M&S food will cost you (Photo: Getty) i Team i Team 17 hours Monday November 27th 2017 Marks & Spencer has responded after photos emerged of food waste in one of its central London stores. Piles of sandwiches, boiled eggs and sushi bound for the bin were described as “appalling” by a leading money commentator who took a photo of the wasted products. Author and presenter Jasmine Birtles took two photos of food waste at a branch in High Street Kensington, London. “This is appalling,” she wrote. “All this food – and more – is being thrown away at Marks and Spencer. They’re not allowed to give it away to the homeless or even passers-by.” In a statement, M&S told i it has made a commitment to make sure every piece on unsold food in its stores at the end of the day goes to human consumption by 2025, as part of a wider set of aims. Commenting on the recent pictures of wasted food, a spokesperson said: “We have robust processes in place to minimise food waste and are working with more than 700 local charities to ensure where there is an edible food surplus that it goes to help those in need. “We’re concerned this hasn’t been followed on this occasion and are investigating this as priority with the store.” Limited resources Redistributing chilled foods to those in need is a big challenge for supermarkets due to health fears. Last year, M&S began a redistribution initiative, pairing up with organisations and community groups such as FareShare and FoodCycle to give “waste” to charities and food centres. “We’re concerned this hasn’t been followed on this occasion and are investigating this as priority with the store” Liability In California, the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act removes the liability for any damage or injury caused as a direct result of the consumption of donated food, unless there is a case of “negligence” or a “willful act [of wrongdoing] in the preparation or handling”. Some believe similar legislation should be introduced to the UK. It would mean companies are more likely to offer a wider variety of foods, and charities and food banks – which are often the victims of limited resources – more able to accept donations. Sign up to The Essential Newsletter Read more at: Https://inews.co.uk/essentials/lifestyle/food-and-drink/marks-spencer-called-appalling-food-waste/
22/11/2017
13:50
la forge: CAVEAT EMPTOR THE FOLLOWING IS BASED ON AI ALGO Marks and Spencer Group Plc 22.9% Potential Upside Indicated by Credit Suisse Posted by: Amilia Stone 21st November 2017 Marks and Spencer Group Plc using EPIC/TICKER code (LON:MKS) had its stock rating noted as ‘Reiterates217; with the recommendation being set at ‘NEUTRAL’; this morning by analysts at Credit Suisse. Marks and Spencer Group Plc are listed in the Consumer Services sector within UK Main Market. Credit Suisse have set their target price at 370 GBX on its stock. This would indicate that the analyst believes there is a potential upside of 22.9% from today’s opening price of 301.1 GBX. Over the last 30 and 90 trading days the company share price has decreased 45.8 points and decreased 19.2 points respectively. The 1 year high for the stock price is 397.8 GBX while the 52 week low is 296.7 GBX. Marks and Spencer Group Plc has a 50 day moving average of 341.15 GBX and the 200 Day Moving Average price is recorded at 344.69. There are currently 791,674,313 shares in issue with the average daily volume traded being 8,896,045. Market capitalisation for LON:MKS is £4,879,096,616 GBP.
15/11/2017
11:19
waldron: Marks and Spencer Group Plc 8.3% Potential Upside Indicated by Deutsche Bank Posted by: Amilia Stone 15th November 2017 DIRECTORS TALK Marks and Spencer Group Plc with EPIC/TICKER (LON:MKS) had its stock rating noted as ‘Reiterates217; with the recommendation being set at ‘HOLD’ today by analysts at Deutsche Bank. Marks and Spencer Group Plc are listed in the Consumer Services sector within UK Main Market. Deutsche Bank have set a target price of 335 GBX on its stock. This is indicating the analyst believes there is a potential upside of 8.3% from today’s opening price of 309.2 GBX. Over the last 30 and 90 trading days the company share price has decreased 37.5 points and decreased 16.7 points respectively. The 1 year high for the stock price is 397.8 GBX while the 52 week low is 306.7 GBX. Marks and Spencer Group Plc has a 50 day moving average of 342.65 GBX and a 200 Day Moving Average share price is recorded at 345.44. There are currently 1,624,740,979 shares in issue with the average daily volume traded being 8,382,690. Market capitalisation for LON:MKS is £5,049,694,764 GBP.
08/11/2017
22:11
grupo guitarlumber: Marks & Spencer Half-Year Results: What The Analysts Said Published on Nov 8 2017 11:38 AM in Retail tagged: Featured Post / UK / Marks & Spencer / Steve Rowe Marks & Spencer Half-Year Results: What The Analysts Said Marks & Spencer has posted a 2.6% increase in sales in the first half of its financial year, with chief executive Steve Rowe saying that the business has made “good progress in remedying the immediate and burning issues” at the retailer. Here’s how the analysts saw it. Darren Shirley, Shore Capital “In what happens to be the first set of results to be announced since the appointment of Archie Norman as its non-executive chairman, Marks & Spencer has delivered underlying PTP for H1 FY2018 of £219m. […] In new guidance, M&S has stated slightly better gross-margin expectations, albeit we only expect tweaks to our full-year expectations, which we shall confirm later. Additionally, we see the following points as important new features of the statement: more pace, the UK’s ‘essential clothing retailer’, faster store rationalisation, slower Simply Food roll-out and substantially lower costs.” Scott Ransley, Stifel “Headline H1 PBT is better than expected, but the mix is disappointing, with a successful ‘one-off’; restructuring in International and operational improvements in UK Clothing being offset by a more cautious structural message in Food. We do not expect significant change in consensus numbers today, despite significant moving parts, but sentiment may be slightly weaker, as the market digests medium-term implications for UK Food prospects.” Fiona Cincotta, Cityindex “Marks & Spencer is looking a little less shabby in the lead-up to Christmas. It's tidied up the clothing business to the point where like-for-like sales are almost starting to grow again, all while weaning itself off a tendency to slash prices. Food, meanwhile, is also close to stemming its like-for-like sales decline, too. The numbers are all the more attractive following Next's disappointing update last week and the broader inflation-driven drop in UK retail sales.” Catherine Shuttleworth, Savvy “This morning’s news from M&S, while slightly ahead of expectations, highlights some of the challenges ahead for the retailer. These broadly fall into two buckets. First, the structural challenges. In large part, these relate to the retailer’s large estate of stores, many of which require investment and find themselves at the wrong end of an evolving high street. It is our view that a more radical review of the store portfolio will be required if M&S is to re-establish its position as ‘the UK’s essential clothing retailer’. Second, clarification is required about who it is targeting after the somewhat outdated 'Mrs M&S' approach. We hope to understand soon how M&S plans to reconnect with the shoppers of Britain, in recognition that the nation is changing in the way it shops and buys goods.” Ray Gaul, Kantar Retail “From an overall total group performance, the positive non-food result should provide optimism to the company and its shareholders. This division is the core of the group’s brand and media image, and has become a strong focus for management’s hopes of a turnaround, with several industry heavyweights joining M&S’s all-star team. Notable new hires are Jill McDonald, formerly CEO of Halfords, and Archie Norman, a restructuring specialist who takes over as chairman. [...] The Food division is performing well, despite an increasing number of obstacles. Management is clear on these challenges and appears to be ready to take on both Aldi and Lidl, who have increased the quality and the number of options available to consumers in their meals-for-tonight ranges. Likewise, the company appears confident that they can compete with Tesco and Morrisons, who have made significant strides improving their premium own-label offers.” Barclays European Food Retail Equity Research "Archie Norman’s appointment as chairman earlier this year prompted a sharp upwards move in the share price, and this is beginning to seem justified, given his 'unvarnished truth' approach to the situation in which M&S finds itself. Although the prospect of a five-year turnaround programme might not seem to promise rewards as rapidly as some might like, we would hope for considerably fleshed-out plans in 2018 that may encourage the market to believe that M&S can grow sales (modestly) and can generate and return cash (plentifully)." © 2017 European Supermarket Magazine – your source for the latest retail news. Article by Stephen Wynne-Jones. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: The European Supermarket Magazine.
07/11/2017
14:02
sarkasm: broker ratings Marks and Spencer Group Plc 24.2% Potential Upside Indicated by HSBC Posted by: Amilia Stone 7th November 2017 Marks and Spencer Group Plc with EPIC/TICKER (LON:MKS) has had its stock rating noted as ‘Reiterates217; with the recommendation being set at ‘BUY’ this morning by analysts at HSBC. Marks and Spencer Group Plc are listed in the Consumer Services sector within UK Main Market. HSBC have set a target price of 410 GBX on its stock. This would imply the analyst believes there is now a potential upside of 24.2% from today’s opening price of 330.1 GBX. Over the last 30 and 90 trading days the company share price has decreased 18.4 points and increased 0.4 points respectively. The 52 week high share price is 397.8 GBX while the 52 week low is 306.7 GBX. Marks and Spencer Group Plc has a 50 day moving average of 341.79 GBX and the 200 Day Moving Average price is recorded at 345.84. There are currently 1,624,740,864 shares in issue with the average daily volume traded being 6,624,850. Market capitalisation for LON:MKS is £5,330,774,874 GBP.
25/8/2017
08:57
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
21/4/2017
13:49
qantas: hxxp://shorttracker.co.uk/company/GB0031274896/all 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.
26/3/2015
15:57
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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