Updates from Stagecoach, Ultra Electronics and Elementis

Rail and bus operator Stagecoach reports pre-tax profits of £165m meanwhile Japan's Nikkei hits an 18-year high

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savings, tax, stockmarket, pensions, cash, investment FTSE 100 Stagecoach, Ultra Electronics, ElementisMonday's 1.7% surge for the FTSE 100 faltered on Tuesday, picking up just nine points, or 0.13%. Trading ended at 6,834.8. Sports Direct International was the day's best performer, up 3.2% to 725p with WeirGroup rising almost 2.9% to 1836p. Better news for M&S too, up 2.7% to 564p (though still some way off the retailer's 596p 52-week high). Going south was Bunzl however, down 2% to 1852p.

It was a similar story in the US with the Dow Jones also rising just 0.13% to 18,144, up 24.2 points with Unitedhealth Group up 2% and JP Morgan Chase climbing 1.1%; the Nasdaq Composite touched another record peak while the Nikkei in Japan today climbed to an 18-year high.

The main event this morning is preliminary numbers from Stagecoach. Revenues climb to £3,204.4m from £2,930.0m in 2014 while total operating profit climbs to £227.1m compared to £223.3m a year ago. The full year dividend climbs to 10.5p from 9.5p, a 10.5% hike.

Adjusted earnings per share are in line with expectations, up 2.7% to 26.7p (2014: 26p). There's continued organic growth in UK Bus - a "solid" set of numbers given tight central and local government spending claims Stagecoach, plus increased competition from lower fuel prices.

"The Virgin Trains West Coast franchise is performing well," says the company, "we have submitted an exciting bid for the TransPennine Express franchise and our joint venture with Abellio has been shortlisted for the East Anglia franchise."

Let's move onto an update from Ultra Electronics. In a pre-close statement Ultra says markets remain consistent with its March preliminary results and expectations for the full year remain unchanged though performance will be weighted toward the second half.

US uncertainty continues to impact US defence revenues Ulta acknowledges and recent challenges to the Patriot Act are impacting revenues from its US Sotech business "and as previously advised, the Oman contract termination is impacting cash".

"Despite the headwinds," it says, "order intake for the first half is expected to result in a book to bill ratio close to one and our recent acquisitions are performing well." The balance sheet remains strong claims Ultra.

We end on a slight downer from specialty chemicals player Elementis and a warning on overall earnings per share for the year. Though market share and margins are stable, market dynamics for specialty products experienced in the second quarter of the year will likely hit full year results.

For coatings, overall sales for the first six months of the year, on a constant currency basis, are expected to be at a similar level to the same period last year.

Meanwhile for personal care positive trends "in other markets and geographies mean that full year sales, on a constant currency basis, are expected to be ahead of the previous year".

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