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The FTSE 100's long period of outperformance is coming to an end as investors switch to FTSE 250 and SmallCap stocks.

PSION

Shares in Psion have plunged 32% last week after the company said 1997 net income fell 25%.

ROLLS ROYCE

Rolls Royce was one of the best performing stocks in the FTSE last week on speculation that it was discussing a merger with US aeroengine maker Pratt & Whitney even though the company denied the story.

UK EARNINGS CALENDER (9TH-12th mar)

P/E Ratio

9/3 Mirror Group finals 11.52

10/3 BBA Group finals 18.25

10/3 Norwich Union finals 22.78

10/3 Premier Oil finals 9.07

11/3 BAT Industries finals 13.73

11/3 Schroders finals 24.11

11/3 Rentokil finals 29.99

12/3 GKN finals 20.32

12/3 Legal and General finals 36.59

12/3 United News and Media finals 16.28

12/3 Reckitt and Colman finals 19.98

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

COMPANY AMOUNT PRICE HOLDING TRANS

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

CARPETRIGHT

M. HARRIS 200,000 405.50- 410.00 458,094 280,000

CHRISTIE GROUP

D. RUGG 100,000 43.50 2,281,468 43,500

COOKSON GROUP

S. HOWARD 10,000 245.00 41,582 24,500

G. PARKOS 50,000 245.00 91,547 122,500

CORPORATE EXECUTIVE SEARCH INTL

R. EVANS 150,000 2.25 150,000 3,375

ENERGY CAPITAL INV CO

W. VANDERFELT 169,000 102.00 1,021,630 172,380

LIMIT

B. FITZGERALD 140,603 128.00 160,603 179,971.84

QUARTO GROUP

H. GOLDSTEIN 50,000 70.00 50,000 35,000

STODDARD SEKERS INTL

N. LOTHIAN 50,000 11.50 50,000 5750

A. SCOTT 50,000 11.50 50,000 5750

TRY GROUP

R. BIFFA 71,400 28.00 71,400 1999.20

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