I'm sure many others in this bizarre little community often feel the same. Yet where was the outrage, the blood-stirring revolt last week? Clearly we chaps and chapettes remain a conservative bunch at heart, because construction services group Keller fell a mere 4.1% last week, closing on Friday at 221.5p.
But why are you picking on the fellas at Keller? I hear you ask.
Well, last week the group warned us that its full-year pre-tax profit would be about 10% down on market expectations of about £31m. It also made about 80 people redundant earlier this year.
Thus, one might have expected investors to have revolted at the realities of the not-so-invisible hand of capitalism. Instead, it seems that Keller was buffered from potentially rebellious share followers by its impressive restructuring plan, which involves focusing on its core ground engineering businesses.
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Hunch of the week
"I wanna destroy passer-by/Cos I wanna BEEEEEEE anarchy!" Some of the lyrics of Anarchy in the UK, I must admit, are a little strong for my delicate taste. I have never wanted to destroy a passer-by, nor have I ever aspired to become the embodiment of a political philosophy.
Indeed, anarchy in action was not a pretty thing for Atkins last year. The megaconsultant saw 93% wiped off its share price last year when it issued a profit warning and redundancy schedule. The anarchy was caused by a poorly introduced IT system, which caused a few little problems, such as the inability to process invoices.
Since those bloody days when shares in the support services group fell to half-a-quid a pop, Atkins has slowly rebuilt its reputation. Last week its chairman Mike Jeffries pledged to wipe out its £26m of net debt within four months. It also announced an interim pre-tax profit for the six months to 30 September of £17.8m, after being heavily in the red at the same time last year. The market responded favourably, lifting its shares 3.4% to 454p.