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Here are three things you need to know in the financial markets this morning from investment writer, Tony Cross.

#1. SSE adjusted operating profits up 15%

Interim results have been published by SSE [LON:SSE] this morning, covering the six months to 30th September. Adjusted operating profits are up some 15%, which given the state of consumer energy markets at present could attract some criticism, although investors are likely to be reassured by such a robust set of numbers at a time when other providers are dropping like proverbial flies. SSE has also announced an acceleration of its net zero plans and committed to paying at least £3.50 dividend per share over the next five years.

#2. Speedy Hire full year numbers expected to come in ahead of expectations

Equipment rentals specialists Speedy Hire [LON:SDY] published results for the six months to 30th September this morning. Revenues advanced almost 30%, with the company strengthening its offering and also benefitting from a booming construction sector in general. Results for the full year are now expected to come in ahead of current market expectations.

#3. Experian full year guidance upgraded

Rounding off a trifecta of interims, Experian [LON:EXPN] has published its half year report today as well, covering the six months to 30th September. The company saw revenues advance by almost 25%, has upgraded its full year guidance and continues to benefit from the economic reopening post-COVID. However noting that some markets still remain constrained, the assumption here would be that the momentum can be sustained.

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Please note this article does not constitute investment advice. Investors are encouraged to do their own research beforehand or consult a professional advisor.

Tony Cross

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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