32.03 +0.11 (0.34%)
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|Bid||31.95 x 1800|
|Ask||31.96 x 1000|
|Day's Range||31.83 - 32.24|
|52 Week Range||24.62 - 38.46|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.80|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||7.72|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.82 (2.44%)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
Irish building materials group CRH has had a lot of interest in its European distribution arm ahead of a decision in the next two to three months on whether to trigger a sale, Chief Executive Albert Manifold said on Thursday. Dublin-based CRH put the entire unit under review last year and Reuters reported on April 12 that CRH had hired Bank of America to launch the sale of the unit in a deal valuing the unit at about 2 billion euros (£1.7 billion) including debt. The sale process is expected to begin next month and has already drawn interest from buyout funds including Advent, Lone Star and CVC, sources familiar with the matter said.
The FTSE 100 index lost 0.7 percent on its worst day in a month, but the midcaps gained 0.4 percent with gold miner Centamin leading gains after a strong quarterly update. The blue chips, which had touched a near seven-month high in the last session, lagged European markets where strong earnings from the likes of SAP and Credit Suisse kept a lid on losses. Bellwethers Shell and BP dropped from multi-month highs as crude prices retreated after having jumped to their 2019 highs this week as the United States pushed to tighten sanctions against Iran.
Ireland's CRH announced an additional 350 million euros in share buybacks and forecast growth for the year after the building materials group reported a 7 percent rise in first-quarter sales on Wednesday. The world's second-biggest building materials supplier by market capitalisation launched its first share buyback programme in a decade last year and had completed the repurchase of 1 billion euros of shares by the end of March. The strong first quarter was driven by a 12 percent year-on-year increase in sales in its Europe Materials division, while sales in its Americas Materials and Building Products divisions rose by 4 and 5 percent, respectively.
LafargeHolcim, the world's largest cement maker, forecast sales growth of 3 to 5 percent in 2019, as engineering projects and demand for new housing fuelled by low interest rates shield the construction industry from economic downturn. Chief Executive Jan Jenisch said he expected the upswing LafargeHolcim enjoyed in the second half of 2018 to continue into 2019. "In building materials we are in a very resilient market segment, so even if there is a downturn globally....we will manage quite well because we are participating in local markets," Jenisch told journalists.
The FTSE 100 edged 0.1 percent lower, while the more domestically-focused FTSE 250, which benefits from a strong pound, was up 0.4 percent. Sterling held steady after strong comments on Brexit from European Council President Donald Tusk and as investors mulled a report that UK cabinet ministers had discussed plans that would potentially postpone Britain's exit from the bloc to May 24. The gains in sterling were enough to drag blue-chip exporter stocks such as Diageo, British American Tobacco and Reckitt Benckiser lower.
European shares were lower on Wednesday as weak results from banks, including BNP Paribas, and carmaker Daimler brought an end to the market's six-day rally. Europe's STOXX 600 fell 0.2 percent by 0909 GMT, with the index stalled near the more-than-two-month highs reached on Tuesday. "Investors looking towards the State of the Union address for a fresh trading catalyst were left disappointed," said Jasper Lawler, head of research at London Capital Group.
Activist investor Cevian Capital has built a stake in Ireland's CRH to become the heavy materials and building products group's second-largest owner, Cevian managing partner Christer Gardell told Reuters. CRH, which makes cement, aggregates and asphalt among a wide range of building products, is Cevian's second disclosed new investment since stock markets turned bearish in the second half of 2018, having announced a 2.3 percent holding in banking group Nordea in December. "We have actively taken advantage of the recent market turbulence to make a number of new investments and add to some existing holdings," Gardell said.
With CRH PLC (CRH) it's making a big mistake by continuing to discount the stock. CRH is an Irish manufacturer and distributor of a broad range building materials products and while construction materials remain a fundamental building blocks of our society, CRH is likely to continue growing, despite the short-term hiccup. Warning! GuruFocus has detected 2 Warning Sign with CRH.
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Britain's top share index ended May as the month's best-performing major European index, shrugging off worries over a political crisis in Italy as commodities-related stocks rallied. The blue chip FTSE 100 (.FTSE) index ended the day down 0.2 percent at 7,678.2 points, while mid-caps (.FTMC) rose 0.1 percent. A fall in financial stocks weighed on the market on the day as Deutsche Bank shares tumbled.
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