Croda is back in vogue, thanks to Brexit and a big pick-up in deal-making in its sectors and investors should 'Buy', The Sunday Times´s Inside the City column said.
RPS Group posted its results for the 2016 calendar year on Thursday, reporting "significantly improved" performance in the second half, alongside strong cash conversion with net debt and leverage "reduced substantially" from its interim position.
RPS Group updated the market on its performance on Thursday, ahead of the announcement of its full year results for 2016 on 2 March.
RPS Group said its results for 2015 fell within the range of market expectations despite turmoil in the oil and gas sector.
RPS Group posted a drop in first-half pre-tax profit following weakness in the oil and gas sector, although revenue rose as the consultancy company was able to offset the worst effects of the downturn thanks to the diverse range of its activities and geographies.
Shares in RPS Group continued Thursday's losses, when the industrial consultancy outfit said the continuing volatility in the oil and gas sector meant its energy business had a slower-than-expected start to the year.
UK stocks managed to erase earlier losses to settle in positive territory on Thursday as investors picked up bargains following heavy losses over the last two sessions.
Zoopla, the residential property website group, topped the risers after agreeing to acquire utility price comparison site uSwitch for up to £190m. Zoopla said it expected the deal to be "significantly enhancing" to adjusted basic earnings per share in the first full financial year following completion.
Uncertainty surrounding US monetary policy and a raft of poorly-received corporate earnings kept the FTSE 100 flat on Thursday morning, with the index fluctuating at its lowest in three weeks.
A quick reaction note from Bernstein on Royal Bank of Scotland praised a "strong beat" on operating expenses and lower restructuring costs than it expected, with its 'outperform' rating maintained and target price moved to 450p.
Numis Securities said it continues to see RPS's shares as "good value" despite the consultancy group disappointing the market with a trading update on Thursday.
UK stock markets picked up where they left off on Thursday, falling for the third straight day on the back of mostly worse-than-expected corporate earnings and hawkish comments from the Federal Reserve.
Shares in RPS Group dropped sharply on Thursday after the industrial consultancy outfit said it was feeling the impact of the continuing volatility in the oil and gas sector.
Energy consultancy group RPS said higher revenue and fee income had driven annual pre-tax profit up in 2014.
Panmure Gordon has warned of "storm clouds on the horizon" for income investors as corporate payouts reach "unsustainable" levels and has picked out several FTSE 350 companies where dividends appear particularly vulnerable.
Panmure Gordon has maintained an 'overweight' position on UK construction stocks on the back of an improving outlook, as it highlighted SIG as its top pick in the sector.
RPS has bought Klotz Associates, a US consultancy providing engineering, planning and environmental services, for $24.1m.
London-listed building materials group CRH has stepped in to scoop up the assets which rivals Holcim and Lafarge were forced to discard in order to obtain the green light from Brussels for their own merger. The company believes it is purchasing those assets at the bottom of the cycle for its sector and markets seem to agree.
Ashtead Group: Berenberg raises target price from 1170p to 1345p and keeps its 'buy' recommendation.
Afren: Deutsche Bank lowers target price from 110p to 105p, leaving its hold recommendation unaltered.