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The UK water company is trading at 1898, up 11% year-to-date, and will reveal its full-year results on Thursday. Liv Garfield, who was a senior executive at BT, took over as chief executive officer in the spring of this year. The company has previously stated it would increase its dividend by 6% in 2013-2014, but some traders are sceptical that Ms Garfield will fulfil the company’s promise.
Last week, Goldman Sachs reiterated its buy rating for the company; the US investment bank has a price target of 2122 for the stock.
Excluding the takeover speculation in May 2013, the stock has spent most of the past 18 months within the 1600-1800 range. The shares managed to break out of the trend to the upside last week, but profit-taking has sent it back below the 1900 level.
If the figure impress traders we could retake the 1945 level, on the downside we could move to the recent low of 1760.