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Micro Focus International PLC is a United Kingdom-based global software company. The Company is engaged in delivering and supporting software solutions. The Company enables customers to utilize new technology solutions while maximizing the value of their investments in information technology (IT) infrastructure and business applications. The Company’s portfolio includes identity access and security solutions, common business-oriented language (COBOL) development and mainframe solutions, development and IT operations management tools, host connectivity solutions, and collaboration and networking solutions. The Company’s products include Access Manager, Access Review, AccuRev, AccuSync, Acu4GL, AcuBench, ACUCOBOL-GT, AcuConnect, AcuServer, AcuSQL, AcuXDBC, Aegis, AppManager, Artix, Atlas, Business Continuity Clustering, Caliber, Client for Windows, Cloud Manager and CloudAccess. The Company caters to various industries, such as Federal, airlines and healthcare. Read More

United Utilities Group PLC is a water company. The Company, through its subsidiary, United Utilities Water Limited (United Utilities Water), manages the regulated water and wastewater network in the North West of England, providing services to around seven million people and businesses. It owns over 55,000 hectares of land around its reservoirs. It collects water from the environment, clean and distributes it to its customers before collecting it, treating it, and then returning it back to the environment. The Company produced approximately 138 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable energy through sludge treatment centers and solar installations, enough to power over 40,000 homes. It delivers approximately 1,700 million liters of clean drinking water to its customers every day through over 40,000 kilometers of water pipes. United Utilities Water holds licenses to provide water and wastewater services to a population of approximately seven million people in the North West of England.  Read More

WPP plc (WPP) is a holding company engaged in providing communications services. The Company comprises companies in a range of disciplines, which include advertising, media investment management; data investment management; public relations and public affairs; branding and identity; healthcare communications; direct, digital, promotion and relationship marketing, and specialist communications. The Company operates through four segments: Advertising and Media Investment Management; Data Investment Management; Public Relations & Public Affairs, and Branding & Identity, Healthcare and Specialist Communications. The Company has operations in over 110 countries. The Company offers global, national and specialist advertising services from a range of international and specialist agencies, which include Bates CHI&Partners;, Grey, JWT, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising and Y&R. It provides media planning and buying, and specialist sponsorship and branded entertainment services from GroupM companies. Read More

Burberry (BRBY) was in the news at the beginning of March 18 when it announced a new chief creative officer, Ricardo Tisci, had been appointed. Tisci was previously at the French couture and perfume house, Givenchy, so his expertise sits well with Burberry’s intention to move the brand further into luxury goods. The market certainly approved the move, marking the shares up nearly 6%. Earlier in the year they had lost ground on the departure of Christopher Bailey, who had been design director, then chief executive, for a total of 17 years. Investors had mixed views of Bailey, as Burberry’s sales in the Middle East and China had weakened somewhat. Last year, the company appointed Marco Gobetti, who has a long track record in managing luxury brands, as chief executive. The hope was that a dream team of Gobetti as CEO and Bailey back running the creative side of the business, would boost sales. However Bailey has decided to cut all ties and move on to fresh challenges.
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