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Three things you need to know in the financial markets this morning from investment writer, Tony Cross

Aston Martin

Following on from announcements earlier in the month about their intention to float on the stock market, Aston Martin has today issued an update.

This includes details of the expected valuation of the company – shares will be priced between £17.50 and £22.50, meaning a market capitalisation of up to £5.07 billion. Even at the top end of the valuation that’s not however quite enough to assure the business of a place in the FTSE-100.

Stobart Group

There’s a pre-close trading statement out from Stobart Group this morning which includes plenty of good news for the aviation and energy divisions, but the company has flagged issues in the rail & civils sector.

The business has reviewed its revenue recognition on long term contracts, dialling down expectations and as such this is seen as likely to have an impact on full year results once they’re published.

Diageo

There’s a brief trading update out from Diageo today, ahead of the company’s AGM.

Sales and margins are both increasing for the company as planned, but emerging market currency volatility is proving to be an issue. The business expects adverse currency movements to have a negative impact on full year profits of a meaningful £45million.

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Tony Cross

Tony Cross is a market commentator with over 15 years of experience, producing compelling, insightful copy for journalists and investors alike. Focusing on macroeconomics, UK blue chip equities and inter market analysis, Cross's commentary is well regarded for its clarity and ability to cut through the waffle. He has been quoted in publications as diverse as The Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian and The Sun. He has also been a regular guest on both Share Radio and TipTV.

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