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There is quite a lot of news out for a Friday. I was pleased to see that the industrial to medical conglomerate Smiths Group (SMIN) - which I wrote enthusiastically about in March - has blasted today deeper into my then hoped for 1600-1800p share price range…
In the Thursday earnings season results frenzy I knew that Rolls Royce’s (RR/) interim management statement was going to be of the ‘excitable’ nature when the first emboldened headline of the statement was ‘fundamentally strong portfolio of products’.
Rolls Royce (RR.) has had a real roller-coaster of a year so far, including profit warnings and disappointing financial results. The FTSE100 listed aerospace and defense company had just about recovered the losses to its share price from the profit warning that it issued last October, when it announced in mid-May that it was reducing its marine business and set-off on another downwards trajectory.
Back in October I bought shares in Rolls Royce (RR), saw them ride up to over £10.50…and Monday – after another profits guidance warning – saw them back at the aforementioned c. £8 level. A true Grand Old Duke of York share: riding up to the top of the hill and then riding down again.
My second choice for the traditional Christmas share consideration and selection game has the following merits. It is a share that has performed well over the long term but having underperformed the market this year. It looks attractive on a technical interpretation of the share price chart and is well supported by fundamentals on low estimated measures of value. It is of course, Rolls Royce (RR.) which I last visited in October when the shares were 800p and looking, I thought, particularly bombed out.
My observations recently on Rolls Royce (RR.) HERE concentrated on market valuation and value. I now add some further thoughts by way of explanation of what ‘headwinds’ faced the management at the interim stage as well as an assessment of the current share price based on a so called “technical” evaluation of the share price chart.
The latest profits warning looks near term and marginal in its impact. The shares of Rolls Royce (RR.) have lost all their former premium and at 803p look good value. A great opportunity for serious long term investors to pick up this long term technology growth stock at what looks like a low valuation of earnings.
Well what a week and if you are a Rolls Royce (RR/) shareholder what an end to the week…but more on the perils of owning one of the favoured holdings of institutional professional fund managers in a minute.
It has been a bad year for Rolls-Royce (RR.) so far, but it still looks a good bet for the longer term. Its shares are currently trading in the 930s, well off of the highs of close to 1,300p that it hit at the start of the year, and meaning that over £6 billion has been wiped off of its market cap in recent months.
A glance at the Rolls Royce (RR) share price chart shows that in the last half year it has been trading, approximately speaking, between 1000p to 1100p; a neat 10% trading range. Last seen, the share price at 1020p was getting close to that trading support level again. So is the Rolls share price going to bounce again and is the level of 1000p looking like a launch pad for further long term share price growth in due course?
Further to my recent observations on the fall in the Rolls-Royce (RR.), following the announcement of a change in guidance to the market on the company’s defence business, the company now has a bit of bother with the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). According to the accountancy regulator it believes the company’ pre tax profit and net asset value are misstated for 2012 and 2013. Near term, this is not good for the share price, but any dips should be bought into.
'Catch a falling star and put in your pocket’. Is that appropriate advice for Rolls–Royce (RR.)? The shares have plunged nearly 25% in five weeks, following a warning that its military aerospace profits would fall 20% this year to 31 December 2014. Even so, the further they fall, the more attractive Rolls-Royce’s valuation looks.
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