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January and February are usually busy months for investors due to the volumes of trading updates from listed companies as they prepare to go into their "closed" periods a month before their accounting year-end.

These trading updates prepare investors for what to expect from the imminent release of company results and give a glimpse of how the business has fared over the past quarter, six months or year. Though obviously historical by nature, they often reveal the mood of management over the near term and can be a piece of the puzzle informing your decision-making when looking at a business you are invested in or wanting to invest in...

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