Updates from Homeserve and Keller Group

The FTSE 100 finished almost 53 points down on Friday to 6,512. Overall, the index was down more than 80 points on the week, a week marked by serious falls for energy companies following Labour's promise to freeze energy prices.

Friday's biggest faller was house builder Persimmon, down -4.33% to 1061p. Overnight, the Nikkei 225 is down -1.57% to 14,528.
We commence with a trading update from Homeserve. Its outlook for the full year remains unchanged with earnings in the first half of full year 2014 expected to be broadly similar to last year (HY2013: £25.6m).

It claims its confident of achieving its full year targets of 0.2m gross new customers, a retention rate of over 80%. In the US, it has signed four new marketing agreements representing around 275k households. Meanwhile the Financial Conduct Authority investigation into mis-selling is on-going.

"We are continuing to invest in," says the company, "and develop our businesses in Italy and Germany. As previously announced we expect the full year operating loss in this division to be around £6m in FY2014."

Next, communication services player KCom. During the first half year, the Group performed in line with expectations the company says. Net debt increased since 31 March 2013 and the company expects it will reduce in the second half.

Kcom shares currently sell for around 90p, a substantial rise from under 70p from near the start of the year. The company has been a solid dividend payer over the years.

"The cash generative capacity of the Group," says exec chairman Bill Halbert, "means it is able to continue with its progressive dividend policy while continuing to invest in those areas that support the Group's ambition to achieve market leadership positions across all four brands."

Lastly, engineering specialist Keller Group says it has been awarded a contract worth
approximately £33m to construct foundations and related works for the new
Sengkang hospital project in Singapore.

The project, for the Singapore Ministry of Health, will create an integrated general hospital, community hospital and specialist outpatient facilities, catering for more than 700,000 residents in the region. Work is expected to commence in October.

"It is a good example," says chief exec Justin Atkinson, "of how the businesses we acquire are able, over time, to take on larger and more complex work, knowing they have the technical and financial backing of a strong, international parent."