Coronavirus - we're here to help
From how to access your account online, scam awareness, your wellbeing and our community we're here to help.

Skip to main content
  • Register
  • Help
  • Contact us
  • Log in to HL Account

Next week on the Stock Market

What to expect from a selection of FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and selected overseas shares reporting next week.

Important notes

This article isn’t personal advice. If you’re not sure whether an investment is right for you please seek advice. If you choose to invest the value of your investment will rise and fall, so you could get back less than you put in.


Editors' note: Since this article was published, the Financial Conduct Authority has asked UK listed companies to delay results for "at least two weeks". This is to ensure that information is up to date regarding the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic.


It’s a tumultuous time for global stock markets, and we expect further ups and downs from here. As the situation continues to evolve, we suspect there’ll be a few more unscheduled company announcements next week.

But for those we know are due to report:

  • AG Barr will be hoping volumes aren’t suffering too much amid the coronavirus outbreak
  • Fevertree needs to show sales can still sparkle when the pubs are closed
  • United Utilities should be able to shrug off the storm

FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and selected other stocks scheduled to report next week

23-Mar
No FTSE 350 reporters
24-Mar
888 Holdings Full Year Results
A.G. Barr* Full Year Results
Fevertree* Full Year Results
Kingfisher Full Year Results
Sabre* Full Year Results
25-Mar
Diploma* Q2 trading statement
United Utilities* Pre-close trading statement
Bellway Half year results
26-Mar
Hilton Food Group Full Year Results
International Public Partnerships Full Year Results
27-Mar
No FTSE 350 reporters

*Events on which we will be writing research.

AG Barr – Sophie Lund Yates, Equity Analyst

After the introduction of the sugar tax, AG Barr decided not to pass the cost onto customers and instead focused on volume growth. That’s made the return to more normal pricing a bit of a sore point, and volumes have struggled as people come round to the chunkier price tags.

Things looked to have stabilised recently, but coronavirus has the potential to undo some of that progress. As more people stay at home and focus on buying only the essentials, fizzy drinks could find themselves rubbed off shopping lists. It’s too soon to call what the effect of the outbreak’s going to be, but we’ll be watching out for any commentary around volumes in the last couple of weeks – and what the outlook is for the next few months.

One of AG Barr’s key strengths is its impressive dividend record. Remember though dividends are variable and not guaranteed. We’re also in uncharted territory, and particularly severe disruption to trading could see returns to shareholders put on the back burner.

See the latest AG Barr share price, charts and how to trade

Sign up for AG Barr updates

Fevertree – Sophie Lund-Yates, Equity Analyst

Fevertree shares fell sharply after full year results because sales growth of 9.7% was behind analyst expectations.

The group’s premium valuation demands headier levels of growth, especially abroad. To that end we’ll be particularly interested in commentary on the US market in next week’s results. There’s a chance that the pandemic will have hit demand for the group’s premium mixers as some major US cities go into lockdown.

Back on this side of the pond we suspect there’ll be bad news from Fevertree’s on-trade partners – the pubs, bars and hotels it supplies. The cancellation of football and rugby matches means less people will have been flocking to the pub even before the government recommended we stop going. We’re keen to see what the knock on effect of that could be for Fevertree.

See the latest Fevertree share price, charts and how to trade

Sign up for Fevertree updates

United Utilities – Nicholas Hyett, Equity Analyst

This is the kind of market storm that Utilities should, in theory, be able to weather. That’s reflected in the fact that, while still down over 10% in the last 3 months, UU has done much better than the market as a whole.

Customer demand for water is unlikely to change much, and might even go up as people spend more time at home. Meanwhile lower interest rates bode well for the group’s sizeable debt pile.

Of course there’s potential for disruption within the company itself, illness hitting the workforce for example. But with the regulatory landscape now fixed for the next five years anything other than a vanilla set of numbers will really rattle investors.

See the latest United Utilities share price, charts and how to trade

Sign up for United Utilities updates

Unless otherwise stated estimates, including prospective yields, are a consensus of analyst forecasts provided by Thomson Reuters. These estimates are not a reliable indicator of future performance. Yields are variable and not guaranteed. Past performance is not a guide to the future. Investments rise and fall in value so investors could make a loss.

This article is not advice or a recommendation to buy, sell or hold any investment. No view is given on the present or future value or price of any investment, and investors should form their own view on any proposed investment. This article has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and is considered a marketing communication. Non-independent research is not subject to FCA rules prohibiting dealing ahead of research, however HL has put controls in place (including dealing restrictions, physical and information barriers) to manage potential conflicts of interest presented by such dealing. Please see our full non-independent research disclosure for more information.


Share insight: our weekly email

Sign up to receive weekly shares content from HL

Please correct the following errors before you continue:

    Existing client? Please log in to your account to automatically fill in the details below.

    Loading

    Your postcode ends:

    Not your postcode? Enter your full address.

    Loading

    Hargreaves Lansdown PLC group companies will usually send you further information by post and/or email about our products and services. If you would prefer not to receive this, please do let us know. We will not sell or trade your personal data.

    Important notes

    This article isn’t personal advice. If you’re not sure whether an investment is right for you please seek advice. If you choose to invest the value of your investment will rise and fall, so you could get back less than you put in.

    Editor's choice – our weekly email

    Sign up to receive the week's top investment stories from Hargreaves Lansdown. Including:

    • Latest comment on economies and markets
    • Expert investment research
    • Financial planning tips
    Sign up

    Related articles

    Category: Shares

    Pints and profits? How brewers have fared in lockdown

    Continuing our life-after-lockdown series, Equity analyst Sophie Lund-Yates looks at how the pandemic has impacted the makers of our favourite alcoholic drinks.

    Sophie Lund-Yates

    12 Aug 2020 7 min read

    Category: Markets

    Coronavirus – counting the cost to the UK economy

    Investment Analyst Joseph Hill looks at the cost of the coronavirus on the government’s finances and their options for balancing the books in the years ahead.

    Joseph Hill

    12 Aug 2020 min read

    Category: Markets

    Is value investing dead?

    Value investing has a long history of outperforming the wider stock market, but a decade of poor performance has investors asking questions.

    Nadeem Umar

    07 Aug 2020 min read

    Category: Shares

    Next week on the stock market

    What to expect from a selection of FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and selected overseas shares reporting next week.

    Emilie Stevens

    07 Aug 2020 5 min read