Stories this week

Banks

The reporting season for the banks continues this week with NatWest, HSBC, Standard Chartered, Abbey National and Alliance & Leicester all reporting figures.

kick index

Football stocks have been the focus of attention over the last few weeks following the surprise sacking of Chelsea manager Ruid Gullit, and then Chelsea's inspirational 3-1 victory against Arsenal to reach the Coca-Cola Cup final with Gianluca Vialli at the helm. So far this year investors have seen a mixed performance as Bloomberg's Kick Index shows.

UK EARNINGS CALENDER (23th-27th Feb)

P/E Ratio

23/2 HSBC final results 14.23

24/2 Safeway Trading Statement 13.85

24/2 National Westminster Bank finals 20.10

25/2 Standard Chartered finals 12.97

25/2 Commercial Union finals 19.81

25/2 Guardian Royal Exchange finals 8.60

25/2 Prudential finals 13.24

25/2 British Gas finals 23.12

26/2 Rio Tinto final 16.02

26/2 Smith & Nephew finals 16.48

26/2 Lasmo finals 49.86

26/2 Abbey National finals 22.97

27/2 Alliance & Leicester finals 20.60

DIRECTORS DEALINGS - WHO IS PUTTING MORE MONEY INTO THEIR OWN CO's?

COMPANY AMOUNT PRICE HOLDING TRANS

& NAME (pounds ) (p) (pounds ) VALUE (pounds )

AMSTRAD

R. WATKINS 100,000 35.00 250,000 35,000.00

ATHLONE EXTRUSIONS

J. HAYES 109,890 91.00 109,890 99,999.90

BAILEY (C H)

C. BAILEY 100,000 7.25 13,221,525 7,250.00

BULGIN

J. SKAILES 100,000 14.00 802,000 14,000.00

EUCLIDIAN

J. FISHBURN 50,000 114.75 100,000 57,375.00

METRODOME GROUP

J. HALL 4,860,000 5.00 2,860,000 243,000.00

H. MIGHELL 3,240,000 5.00 3,240,000 162,000.00

PERSONAL NUMBER COMPANY

S. LUDGATE 263,000 40.00 551,000 105,200.00

SHIRE PHARMACEUTICALS GROUP

J. CAVANAUGH 434,530 325.00 11,114,810 1,412,222.50

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