By Steve Goldstein
Burberry shares rallied Wednesday, as the luxury-goods maker reported steady comparable-store sales in its fiscal second quarter.
Burberry /zigman2/quotes/205386705/delayed UK:BRBY +1.80% shares rose 6% after it said it expects its adjusted operating profit to grow 35% at constant exchange rates, which analysts at Bank of America say implies earnings before interest tax of £508 million, or 7% above consensus expectations. The analysts say at 17 times fiscal 2023 earnings, the stock is inexpensive relative to both its history and peers, and increased evidence over a brand turnaround could be a catalyst for a rerating.
Pearson /zigman2/quotes/204954587/delayed UK:PSON -1.95% shares jumped 6% after the education publisher said fiscal year adjusted operating profit will be about £385 million, compared to expectations of £375 million. In the fourth quarter, underlying sales growth was 1%, or 2% when the businesses up for strategic review are excluded. Analysts at Citi called it a “balanced” performance that will help the stock given the cautious positioning ahead of results.
On the downside, International Airlines Group /zigman2/quotes/208070069/delayed UK:IAG +1.30% fell 3% as British Airways cancelled some of its flights to the U.S. over 5G concerns.
The broader FTSE 100 /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX +0.27% rebounded 0.6% to 7609.12, and now is up 3% for the year.
Investors took in stride the news that inflation in the U.K. jumped to a 30-year peak of 5.4% . George Buckley, an economist at Nomura, expects the Bank of England to make a quarter-point rate hike in February, after its first hike in December. “The Bank of England had expected CPI inflation to be 4.5% in December, so today’s print represents another material upside miss relative to the central bank’s view,” he said.
The yield on the 2-year gilt /zigman2/quotes/211347169/realtime BX:TMBMKGB-02Y -1.20% rose 4 basis points to 0.91%.