The Week Ahead: Punters betting on a strong 888 update

Investors in online-poker specialist 888 Holdings will be hoping for a strong update today.

Peel Hunt's Nick Batram thinks it is on track to come in ahead of forecasts for its full year in March.

Analysts think 888 Holdings' foray into Europe will pay off with recent regulation moving in its favour.

Panmure Gordon's analysts estimate revenues of $96.1m (£61m) in the fourth quarter, up 5.5 per cent year on year and think strong, "underlying trading combined with regulatory tailwinds and emerging growth opportunities" are all reasons to buy the stock.

Results/Updates: 888 Holdings, Anglo Platinum, Randgold Resources, Creston.


Is it time to take a look at BP's shares again? BP will report its final results tomorrow and Iain Reid at Jefferies has a gander at the group after its latest fine from US authorities as a result of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Mr Reid thinks there is potential for new, profitable production growth, but the outcome of even a "reasonable" settlement is, he thinks, "not sufficient for a sustainable re-rating" of the oil giant. He prefers Shell's "certainty and solid dividend yield over BP's less-certain outlook, despite its potential for faster growth in its dividend".

Some speculation of mergers and acquisitions in the oil sector has been pushing prices up slowly. BG Group will also report tomorrow and has been the target of speculative bid chatter.

Results/Updates: Allocate Software, Alumasc, Arm Holdings, BG Group, BP, Delphi Automotive, Low & Bonar, St Modwen Properties, Qinetiq, Talktalk Telecom, Victrex.


The stock market has been on a bit of a winning streak in January which may have driven more punters to invest.

Broker Hargreaves Lansdown is expected to report strong inflows with Numis Securities predicting them to rise 16.7 per cent and Numis' James Hamilton said he expects to upgrade his forecasts.

Results/Updates: Hargreaves Lansdown, GlaxoSmithKline, Smurfit Kappa, Wolfson Microelectronics, Atkins (WS), Daily Mail & General Trust, easyJet, Eurasian Natural Resources, Quintain Estates & Development.


Sir Stuart Rose seems to have been collecting chairmanships since he stepped down as Marks & Spencer's executive chairman, adding the fashion chain Fat Face to a portfolio – which includes Ocado – last weekend. His dual role at M&S sparked corporate-governance concerns and now as chairman of the online grocer some wonder what he can do for the group that has never made a profit. The shares are still around half what they were when they floated in 2010. Clive Black at Shore Capital rates them a sell at 95p.

Investors are keen to know the progress on its £210m distribution centre in Warwickshire and how this has affected costs. Analysts will want to see evidence its consumer appeal is not being eroded by competitors.

Results/Updates: Ocado, Beazley, Smith & Nephew, Avon Rubber, Bellway, Compass, Dairy Crest, Icap, Playtech, SuperGroup, Thomas Cook, Tui Travel, Vodafone.


Platinum mining has been a pretty bleak place to operate for the past year. And just think about those miners. Their pay and conditions were so bad they risked their lives to strike and protest last year. The civil unrest led to 34 deaths at platinum miner Lonmin's Marikana mine.

However, Aquarius Platinum seems to be turning a corner. It is putting last year behind it and catching up with lost production. On Friday it will reveal its interim results and analysts think an upgrade in the company's forecasts will be required now it has reported four quarters of consistent improvement.

Results/Updates: Aquarius Platinum, Catlin, Cable & Wireless Communications, S&U, Scottish & Southern Energy, Shaftesbury, Workspace.

Economics Diary

Today Purchasing managers' index – construction.

Tomorrow British Retail Consortium sales figures, Purchasing Mangers' index – services, official reserves data.

Wednesday British Retail Consortium – shop-price index, New UK vehicle registrations, Monthly German factory orders.

Thursday Industrial-production data, manufacturing-production data, trade figures, Bank of England interest-rate announcement, Bank of England asset-purchase target, National Institute of Social & Economic Research, gross domestic product estimate for January, European Central Bank press conference.

Friday US trade balance and European retail-sales index update.

peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvHe is only remaining member of original cast
Arts and Entertainment
tvHighs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
New Articles
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Money & Business

Senior BA - Motor and Home Insurance

£400 - £450 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: **URGENT CONTRACT ROLE**...

Market Risk & Control Manager

Up to £100k or £450p/d: Saxton Leigh: My client is a leading commodities tradi...

SQL Developer - Watford/NW London - £320 - £330 p/d - 6 months

£320 - £330 per day: Ashdown Group: The Ashdown Group have been engaged by a l...

Head of Audit

To £75,000 + Pension + Benefits + Bonus: Saxton Leigh: My client is looking f...

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam