Severn Trent H1 Profit Rises; Hikes Interim Dividend – Quick Facts

Severn Trent Plc (SVT.L), a UK water and waste water company, reported Thursday that its profit on ordinary activities before taxation for the six months ended 30 September 2018 rose to 203.6 million pounds from a restated 180.9 million pounds in the same period last year.
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CRH 9-month EBITDA Rises; Commences Phase 3 Of Share Buyback Program

CRH Plc. (CRH, CRH.L), a building materials group, reported Tuesday that for the nine-month period ended 30 September 2018, EBITDA, a key earnings metric, rose 8 percent to 2.5 billion euros from 2.3 billion euros in the year-ago period. Like-for-like EBITDA rose 2 percent.
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Compass Group FY18 Underlying Profit Rises; Hikes Dividend – Quick Facts

Food and support services company Compass Group Plc. (CPG.L, CMPGF.PK) said its profit before tax for the year ended September 30 2018 declined 2.6 percent to 1.52 billion pounds from 1.56 billion pounds in the prior-year period. Earnings per share edged down 0.4 percent to 71.0 pence from 71.3 pence a year ago, mainly due to the adverse impact of foreign exchange during the year.
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United Utilities H1 Profit Rises; Hikes Interim Dividend – Quick Facts

United Utilities Group PLC (UU.L, UUGRY.PK) reported profit before tax of 259.6 million pounds for the half year ended 30 September 2018, up from 242.3 million pounds in the year-ago period. Earnings per share were 31.2 pence, compared to 28.9 pence last year.
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Alstom H1 Net Income Group Share Rises; Sales Up 23% On Organic Basis

Alstom (AOMFF.PK, ALS.L) reported first-half net income (Group share) at 563 million euros compared to 177 million euros, prior year. The company noted that the net income (Group share) included an exceptional net income from discontinued operations of 245 million euros, for the quarter. Net profit from continuing operations to equity holders of the parent increased to 318 million euros from 169 million euros, prior year. Adjusted EBIT was 285 million euros corresponding to 7.1% margin in first half 2018/19, compared to 180 million euros corresponding 5.4% margin the previous year. The company said the improvement was driven by a significant volume increase and on-going initiatives for operational excellence, while portfolio mix remained stable.
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In Mississippi, Republican concern rises over a U.S. Senate runoff that should have been a romp

Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith has faltered over remarks seen as racially insensitive. Mike Espy, a black Democrat and former congressman, appears poised to take advantage.
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Grainger FY Profit Rises; Announces Proposed Acquisition Of GRIP REIT

Grainger plc (GRI.L) reported profit before tax – continuing operations – of 100.7 million pounds for the year ended 30 September 2018 compared to 86.3 million pounds, previous year. Earnings per share – continuing operations – was 20.9 pence compared to 17.6 pence. Adjusted earnings were up 26% to 94.0 million pounds.
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Tyson Foods Q4 Adj. EPS Rises On Lower Enacted Tax Rates

Tyson Foods, Inc. (TSN) reported fourth-quarter adjusted net income per share attributable to Tyson of $ 1.58 compared to $ 1.43, prior year. The company noted that the lower enacted tax rates positively impacted the fourth quarter adjusted EPS by $ 0.20. On average, 14 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report profit per share of $ 1.35 for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items.
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Consumer confidence rises to an 18-year high in October

U.S. consumer confidence rose to an 18-year high in October, driven largely a robust labor market, suggesting strong economic growth could persist in the near term.
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Google Parent Alphabet Q3 Profit Rises, But Sales Miss View; Stock Down

Alphabet Inc. (GOOG, GOOGL), the parent company of Google, Thursday reported a surge in profit for the third quarter, driven largely revenue growth in search and advertising. Earnings for the quarter trumped Wall Street estimates easily, however, revenues fell short of expectations, sending the search giant’s stock down by about 5 percent in extended session.
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Death toll rises as devastation from Hurricane Michael mounts

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Asian Markets Mixed; Nikkei Rises

Asian stock markets are mixed on Monday following the lackluster cues from Wall Street Friday and as investors digested mixed regional economic data, including data showing a slowdown in China’s manufacturing sector in September. Investors also digested media reports that the U.S. and Canada have reached an agreement on a framework North American Free Trade Agreement deal.
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