Is it Time to Buy UK Stocks?

13:05, 25th October 2023
Justin Waite
Taking Stock

Taking Stock on Wednsday 25th October 2023

Taking Stock: Is a look at today's top business news & investment views plus we cover the winners, losers, the most read company news & the most followed. Today this includes:

Is it Time to Buy UK Stocks?

In the last few weeks companies have been buying up UK Stocks, namely:

OnTheMarket #OTMP

SCS Group #SCS

Kin and Carta #KCT

Blancco Technology #BLTG

The Restaurant Group #RTN

Pendragon #PDG

The AIM All Share has been down for 21 out of the last Out of the last 25 trading days or 84% of the time.

However the UK is a great palce to invest full of sharp entrepreneurs. In fact British start-ups have attracted $15 billion in investment from venture capital firms so far this year, cementing the UK’s status as Europe’s top hub for young high-growth companies, new research has shown.

It outstrips the $8 billion attracted by start-ups in France and $7 billion in Germany and means the UK is behind only the United States and China as a destination for VC investments.


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Companies discussed on “Taking Stock” today:

Oxford Metrics #OMG 07:50 & 10:58 & 25:40
Ocado #OCDO 08:30
Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc #RKT 09:00
boohoo #BOO 17:15
ASOS #ASC 18:30 & 29:50
Eternity Networks #ENET 20:00
Hargreaves Services Plc #HSP 21:00
IG Design #IGR 23:20
Quantum Blockchain Tech #QBT 25:45
#BITCOIN 26:00
Virgin Wines #VINO 26:19 & 34:00
Belluscura #BELL 26:34
TMT Investments #TMT 27:25
Cab Payments #CABP 28:24
SCS Group #SCS 30:50
Angling Direct #ANG 31:00 & 42:15
Power Metal Resources #POW 31:50
Upland Resources #UPL 32:55
Lloyds #LLOY 36:10 & 38:10
Barclays #BARC 37:50



BoE likely to keep high rates on hold even as signs of slowdown mount

The Bank of England looks set to keep interest rates on hold next week but also stress that it is far from relaxing its fight against Britain's high inflation rate, despite growing worries about a recession.

The BoE's job of getting inflation down to its 2% target from 6.7% in September - the highest among the world's rich economies - has been complicated by uncertainty about how much of the impact of its 14 rate hikes to date has yet to be felt.

Data published on Tuesday showed another fall in employment and further weakness among businesses.

"They won't want to take any chances and they really don't want to see markets price in rate cuts,"  James Smith, an economist with ING said. "Data has started to go tentatively in their favour but central banks have learned inflation data has tended to come in on the upside."

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The cap on bankers' bonuses is to be abolished, financial regulators have announced.

From Tuesday 31 October, EU rules that limit bonus payments to twice a banker's salary will be removed in the UK, the Bank of England's Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) said.

The policy change was initially announced by former chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng in the infamous September 2022 mini-budget of the Liz Truss premiership.

It was one of the few announcements to be retained when Chancellor Jeremy Hunt took charge of the Treasury.

City executives had complained that the cap was a barrier to recruiting and retaining quality workers, and London was losing out on talented staff as a result.

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Higher interest rates drive bumper Lloyds profits

Lloyds has posted bumper profits as the UK's biggest mortgage lender continues to benefit from higher interest rates.

The banking group revealed a pre-tax profit of £1.9bn for the three months to September, up from £576m in the same period last year.

The latest results follow concerns banks are raising borrowing rates much faster than they are savings rates, particularly for easy access accounts.

But banks including Lloyds have defended themselves against criticism.

Fran Boait, co-executive director of campaign group Positive Money, accused banks of "filling their coffers", "whilst ordinary people are pushed into poverty by soaring interest rates".

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