Week 25 #WOTD – Cup Round 3 winners into the final 16

There may be no Euro football to watch today, but you can still get your cup competition fix following Watch of The Day Cup week! Round 3 this week has knocked out another 16 from the FTSE100 companies leaving us with a final 16 competing. Who will make it all the way?

If you missed the rules and setup of Watch of The Day and Cup Week – check back on our earlier blog HERE

Back to this weeks action.

Auto Trader Group continue to drive through each round knocking out their 3rd FTSE20 competitor. Auto Trader scored a 2.8% gain while HSBC managed (or mismanaged) a 0.3% loss.

Ashtead Group gave Hikma Pharma no chance in the tie after scoring a huge 8.5% gain this week thanks to their 4th quarter earnings report beating expectations.

JD Sports Fashion also hit 8% gains in the week knocking out United Utilities who were down 2.9%. JD must have known cup week was approaching as news last week of large executive bonuses tanked their stock price and this weeks 8% recovery gain just gets them back to their same price 2 weeks ago.

M&G, who recorded a loss of 2.5%, are thanking the draw as their opponents Vodafone had a worse week down 4.1%.

Next, Lloyds, Segro and Standard Life all scored over 1% gains this week, but hard luck in the draw meant they were all beaten this week to St James Place (3%), Glencore (6.2%), Rio Tinto (4.2%) and Flutter Entertainment (2.1%) respectively.

CRH (benefitting from the increase in material costs for builders and the potential to become a US business) hit 6.1% for the week knocking out SSE in the process.

And the final results from the round were; Halma narrowly (and I mean narrowly) beat Aviva 0.3% to 0.1%, Spirax-Sarco beat Entain 2.5% gain to a 0.6% loss, Prudential and Hargreaves Lansdown both recorded losses but Prudential came out on top with 0.1% loss to a 1.6% loss, Whitbread and Melrose was another narrow hard-fought contest with Whitbread edging through 0.3% loss to 0.8% loss, Pershing Square beat InterContinental and Avast beat Persimmon.

What can SMEs take from this weeks movements?

Know who the world economy can affect your business – operationally, financially and strategically.

Third Round Scores

Persimmon -2.2% vs Avast -0.1%
Ashtead Group 8.5% vs Hikma Pharma 1.3%
Pershing Square 0.7% vs InterContinental -2.2%
Flutter Entertainment 2.1% vs Standard Life Aberdeen 1.4%
Segro 1.6% vs Rio Tinto PLC 4.2%
Auto Trader Group Plc 2.8% vs HSBC -0.3%
United Utilities -2.9% vs JD Sports Fashion 8%
Lloyds Banking 1.5% vs Glencore 6.2%
Whitbread -0.3% vs Melrose Industries -0.8%
Legal & General -2.9% vs Informa -3.5%
Prudential -0.1% vs Hargreaves Lansdown -1.6%
Vodafone Group PLC -4.1% vs M&G -2.5%
Spirax-Sarco Engineering 2.5% vs Entain -0.6%
Aviva 0.1% vs Halma 0.3%
Next 1.8% vs St. James’s Place 3%
SSE -0.7% vs CRH 6.1%

Last 16 fixtures – end of July

Avast vs Ashtead Group
Pershing Square vs Flutter Entertainment
Rio Tinto PLC vs Auto Trader Group Plc
JD Sports Fashion vs Glencore
Whitbread vs Legal & General
Prudential vs M&G
Spirax-Sarco Engineering vs Halma
St. James’s Place vs CRH

Who is going to go all the way?

Let us know in the comments.

Until next week.

Contributor

Gary LinTicker – Talking business from a gamification point of view and how this can help you, includes Watch of The Day

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