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17 December 2021 | William Buckhurst

That Was The Week That Was


  • In the US, the Fed plan to accelerate the pace of tapering and may bring the first rate rise forward, forecasting six hikes over the next two years
  • The Bank of England raised rates (to 0.25%, 8-1 vote) for the first time in three years
  • Boris Johnson suffered another blow as the North Shropshire by-election saw the Lib Dems overturn a 23,000 majority


The UK signed a free-trade deal with Australia which eliminates tariffs on British exports and is expected to generate £10.4bn of additional trade between the two countries


  • Eli Lilly closed up sharply after raising guidance and stating that it was now forecasting COVID related antibody revenue of $2.1bn vs $1.38bn expected and was on track to meet its goal of launching 20 new medicines over a 10-year period through to 2023
  • Ocado closed up on the week after announcing news that it was successful in the initial ruling in its patent dispute with AutoStore
  • Billionaire investor Patrick Drahi increased his stake in BT. Altice’s stake in the company now totals 18% and is worth more than £3bn whilst Drahi commented that he would not make an offer for the company, meaning that he cannot bid for BT for another six months
  • ITM Power’s trading update said it was expecting continued growth in the tender pipeline, as it planned for an acceleration in manufacturing capacity expansion, including identifying its first overseas factory

VERMEER PODCAST – The Art of Investment

This week we listen to Dr Savvas Savouri, Chief Economist at Toscafund Asset Management, as he explains why the future of the UK economy is so bright. Paul also quizzes him on the issues facing Europe in its current guise, how China is exercising their monetary might, and the future of cryptocurrencies, blockchain and Central Bank Digital Currencies


One of the biggest movers (up 115%) was Bidstack, the developer of in-game advertising technology for the gaming industry. After announcing on Monday new partnerships that will deliver non-intrusive in-game ads for Gold Town Games, Spinoff Games and an unnamed European mobile game developer, they then announced interim results on Friday which were very positive. Yes, they missed on the top line, but other elements were in line, and they announced a two-year sponsorship deal with digital media platform, Azerion. Going, going, gone.


  • 1927: The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 200 for the first time. It has taken the Dow 21 years to go from 100 to 200 – a compounded annual growth rate of about 3.2% over that period of time
  • 1980: Apple IPOs at $22 per share, the most oversubscribed IPO since Ford went public in 1956

As this is our last note before Christmas, on behalf of all at Vermeer Partners we wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year


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