|Bid||1,310.50 x 0|
|Ask||1,311.50 x 0|
|Day's Range||1,304.00 - 1,323.50|
|52 Week Range||997.80 - 1,347.50|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.37|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||10.67|
|Earnings Date||Nov 13, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.92 (6.90%)|
|1y Target Est||1,324.00|
British utilities are becoming increasingly popular with bond investors who believe their debt may benefit if a Labour government comes to power in December's general election and takes them into public ownership. Labour's finance spokesman John McDonnell last week detailed the party's plans to nationalise parts of BT to provide free broadband for all if it wins the election. Most opinion polls show the ruling Conservative Party with a clear lead ahead of the Dec. 12 poll, suggesting a left-wing government under Jeremy Corbyn is unlikely.
Investing.com -- Here is a rundown of the regulatory news releases from the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday, 13th November. Please refresh for updates.
Profits from supplying gas and electricity at Britain’s big six energy firms sank by a combined 35 percent last year as they continued to lose customers to smaller rivals, a report by energy market regulator Ofgem said on Thursday. Britain’s so-called 'Big Six' energy suppliers - Centrica's British Gas, E.ON, SSE, EDF's EDF Energy, Innogy's npower and Iberdrola's Scottish Power - have faced competition from more than 60 smaller firms, often offering cheaper prices. In its annual state of the market report, Ofgem said the six companies had lost around 1.3 million customers and they served just above 70% of domestic customers as of June this year, down from around 75% in June last year.
SSE's retail energy business is the third-largest supplier of the "big six" in the British market, supplying energy and related services to around 3.5 million household customers. Ovo, set up only 10 years ago, has expanded to be Britain's largest independent energy supplier, with 1.5 million customers. The deal comes after SSE and Germany's Innogy scrapped plans last year to merge their British energy retail operations.
Britons could see a 6 billion pound cut in energy bills over five years from 2021, saving the average household 40 pounds per year, under plans to curb what gas and electricity network firms can pay shareholders. Regulator Ofgem, which introduced a price cap on standard energy bills in January after lawmakers said customers were being overcharged, is now targeting the operators whose network fees make up around a quarter of British household energy bills. Ofgem said it plans to cut the amount network firms pay their shareholders, known as the "cost of equity range" by almost 50% for the next regulatory period starting in 2021.