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Warpaint Sounds Like an Aggressive Company and its Growth is Pretty Aggressive, too

Hello, Share Collectors. Somewhere in the bible, it says ‘All is vanity’. And that’s probably why cosmetics are so popular. An AIM company which does well in the make-up game is Warpaint London (W7L). Interim results for the six months ended 30th June showed tasty growth in sales, profits and cash generation.

Plugging Leaks is a Big Money Spinner for this Watery Outfit and the Latest Numbers Prove it

Hello, Share Collectors. Many firms with brill technical services can still have problems monetising their wares and so their share price tends to gradually decay. Not so Water Intelligence (WATR), a company with the know-how to detect leaky pipes and put the problems right. As water is the most precious thing on the planet, this sort of commercial science is likely to coin it in.


Sparks Could Soon Fly for the Grid as it Could Power Towards a Crackling Future

Hello, Share Masters. It’s been a while since I’ve commended the National Grid (NG.). That’s because it’s one of those boring shares that don’t move very much. The share price just went up a bit though and I suspect that’s because of the imminence of the big climate conference coming to Glasgow.

Blackbird is Officially Green Now and the Social Effect of Covid Might Make It Sing Even More

Hello, Share Smashers. As the Footsie wobbles on fears of inflation and more Covid cases, perhaps we ought to look to shares that should benefit from any new lockdowns. One of my babies which sings to me is Blackbird (BIRD). This is a cloud-based system for editing and distributing TV programmes.

President Biden Gives British Water Management Outfit Hopes of Big Orders Flooding In

Hello, Share Scoopers. One of my most likely shares to rise (in my humble reckoning) has just shared some news which could brighten its prospects in the fairly near and far future. We can thank President Biden for these glad tidings. The new administration seeks to modernise America’s drinking water, sewage and stormwater systems. It will also ‘tackle new contaminants, and support clean water infrastructure across rural America’.

As Big Snow Covers the UK, Another Kind of Blizzard is Set to Drift Up its Share Price

Hello, Share Tweakers. Being of a certain age, I can see no appeal in computer games. But the rest of the world disagrees, particularly in these days of home captivity. It also follows that one of the biggest of them is going to do even better than others. So let’s take a look at Activision Blizzard (0H8X).


HealthCare Should Boom after Covid. And This Top Medical Trust Will Spread Your Risk

Hello, Share Seekers. Like most of us, I like to pick my own companies. But there are occasions when buying shares in a trust which invests in loads of firms is a safer bet. Especially if that trust specialises in companies in a big, and potentially even bigger, growth area. There aren’t many of us who would dispute that healthcare is going to be a more massive industry in the post-covid years. So my suggestion today is International Biotechnology Trust (IBT)…


Why the American Dream of a Bumper 2021 Could Vitalise the Footsie, Too.

Hello, Share Scrapers. There was a time when it didn’t really matter much about Blighty’s economy when it came to the value of our biggest shares. If the Dow went up, so did the Footsie. And vice versa. It’s only in recent years that this correlation hasn’t been as strong. But just lately, the strength of a record-breaking Dow, despite the virus, seems to have galvanised shares over here. Now if that’s true, then our shares are going to rise nicely next year. I think most of expected that already, but its nice to have a few American views to back things up. 


More Corona Restrictions Worry You? Maybe, but Most of Your Shares should Stay on Track.

Hello, Share Fans. You’re probably worried about the effects the virus will have on the economy. You might dread a recession which will have a nasty impact on our shares. But recessions aren’t always bad for business. Did you know some of the biggest and best companies were started during an economic slump?


Why I'm Not Buying Shares Until the Pandemic Is Further Along the Road to Destruction.

Hello, Share Chompers. Once again, I include in my article a word you probably don't know. See if you can identify it. Now, nobody need tell armchair tycoons like ourselves that nothing travels in a straight line. The most promising share will take two steps back for every three it rises. We also know that everything in Shareland takes longer than expected. Now I agree with Uncle Tom (a fairly rare event) that before long the virus will become far less common and will no longer trouble the world’s economy. But the threat is not receding as fast as we might have expected.


My Old Money-Maker Still Goes Strong, but What happens if Construction Markets Slow Down?

Hello, Share Lovers. One of the temptations of reviewing a share I sold some time ago is to take a jaundiced view of its future. But in the case of Ashtead (AHT), I think I can be objective. After all, this is a company which made me a lot of money before we parted company...


Food And Fab Gear Keep this British Jumbo Buoyant in the Stormy Retail Sea

Hello, Share Pullers. Food and clothing don’t usually go together but they do in the case of Associated British Foods (ABF) and Primark. The food bit owns the fab gear bit. And Primark, which often seems to be crammed with shoppers both young and old, could be propelling British Foods along...


National Grid Shares Could Power Ahead - but It's More Likely to be a Longer Term Play

Hello, Share Plungers. Though my holding in the National Grid (NG.) is quite hefty, it usually disappoints. This giant outfit is probably too vital to our power supply for its share price to ever fall by much. But its progress is boringly slow...

Yet More Signs that the Feisty Footsie Will Keep On Marching North.

Hello Share Twiddlers. Despite the worries of an uncertain world, economically speaking, there have been some jolly signs recently that share prices could move ahead. I know there are warning signals out there to counter any undue optimism, but they don’t seem to be having an effect, do they?


A Few More Big Reasons Why We Shouldn't Fear the Present Crash.

Hello, Share Changers. I know a lot of you worry about this Wall Street mini-crash. But your fears are probably unfounded. We’ve had a bull market lasting eight years. A correction was necessary. But it’s not been as bad as some writers on this magnificent website have been predicting. Neither will the big sell-off last.


Headwinds of Debt, Inflation, Over-Valuations et al Could Be Cancelled Out by this Big Factor.

Hello, Share Smashers. At the mo, there are some nasty threats to our shares prices. High consumer, corporate and national debt. Comparatively high PE ratios. Over-cooked company valuations, low wages, higher inflation and a bull market, past its sell-by date. But all those perils can be offset by the following massive factor…

Polly Put the KETL on as Strix steams into the Tea and Coffee World

Hello Share Plungers. Why not make yourself a cuppa as we take a gander at Strix Group (KETL)? The clue is in the epic code. The firm may well have a link with the kettle you’ll use for your brew. When your kettle switches off as it reaches the right temperature, you may want to thank Strix.


Crazy Times Call for Sensible Precautions - Keep Your Selling Finger Poised.

Hello Share Pokers. If any more evidence was needed that we live in strange times it is this weekend’s news that the Bank of England was investigated by the Serious Fraud Office. I ask you!


Check this Compass - A Company that Knows Where It's Going.

Hello Share Takers. Compass Group  (CPS) is one of my all time favourites, but it is not a fast mover. We have here more of a slow steady profitable company that rarely sees huge jumps, and even rare falls in its share price.


An Outfit that Sorts Out your Bust Boiler and Scary Electrics could Grow Fast

Hello Share Crunchers. I am lucky. I have built up a stable of plumbers, electricians and handymen who don’t charge very much and who turn up on time. Which is why I would have not much use for Homeserve (HSV), a company which covers people against water bursts, malignant boilers and electrical emergencies. But two million British customers are not so well served by vital tradespeople and are therefore prepared to shell out for its services.


Want a Firm Which Could Benefit from the Trump Effect? Check your Compass

Hello Share Tweakers. Everyone has a few shares in their bag which they consider as super reliable. This faith can sometimes backfire, as we all know to our cost. But it’s not a frequent happenstance.


Why Shares May Lead the Way in a Topsy Turvy World

So far, the election of Big Donald has done the opposite of what many of us feared and the Dow has soared to new heights. If Trump does what he promised, or is it threatened, in his pre-vote speeches we can probably expect the Dow - and consequently the Footsie - to fall away again. Possibly heavily.

It's Not the Chattanooga Choo Choo, but It Is a Choo and It's on Track

Hello Share Mashers. To my cost most of the time, I am drawn to buy shares in companies which have eye-catching names. For example, I remember with regret my ill-fated investment in a cartoon maker called Sleepy Kids. Which makes me a little wary of commending to you an outfit called Jimmy Choo (CHOO.L) However it has a few points in its favour to make it worth a look on grounds other than monicker bias.


Despite Posting a Loss, Allergy Therapeutics is Not to Be Sneezed at

Hello Share Puzzlers. Thank goodness the hay fever season is over. I no longer suffer, having moved to the seaside, but the horror of a blocked conk and streaming eyes remains. You may have noticed that allergies seem to be on the rise. At least the number of folk who complain about them is.


The Share Price Keeps Building - But this Beauty Is Tooled Up for Even Bigger Profits.

Hello Share Screechers. It’s possibly time we looked at a share in the fabulous ‘slow, steady riser’ category. In some ways Ashtead Group (AHT) is a rather odd company to put our trust in.

Shall Shell Shares Soar? Sure They Should. (Trying Saying That Aloud)

Hello Share Cats. One thing the Brexit vote hasn’t attacked so far is the oil price. Well, Brent did go down a tiny fraction, but hardly worth noticing. And that could be due to world factors, anyway. Which reminds me that Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) has risen for the two trading days since the Big Vote result was announced. I am a giant holder of Shell oil. It is the biggest lump in my portfolio. I already held a lot of Shell shares.  Then it gobbled up BG and part of that deal was its handing over even more Shell stock.


Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - 4th July, Independence is on my mind

Happy Independence day to our American listeners. My prayers are that tomorrow Greece votes for freedom and votes Oxi! But will it? And what does that mean for the Euro and shares. I note Goldman Sachs claims that a Nai vote will see global equities rise by 10%. Hmmm, I think it misses the bear in the China shop. A few thoughts brought to you from Athens in today's podcast.

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Anybody Ready for a Photo Opportunity?

Hello Share Pals: You may have heard me go on about a feisty firm called Photome (PHTM) before. They operate those Tardis-like thingies, which you find in post offices and railway stations. Lots of other places, too, these days. And they do other photographic stuff as well.


Is the dire situation in Iraq a chance to average into Kurdish oil stocks?

I’ve spent a little time this morning wondering how I could write about events in Kurdistan. It is horrible hoping to profit out of human suffering, but I’ve had to remind myself the market is amoral. It simply reflects the good and the bad of our society, for better or worse. I’ve chosen to be a market commentator and it is more than probable that if you are reading this piece you’ve chosen to buy stocks. However we might feel about what is happening in the world, in this aspect of our lives our goal is simply to grow our wealth by as much as we can. Fear often leads to the best buying opportunities. It is generally a costly mistake to ignore this. The precipitous drop in the value of the various companies with Kurdish oil ventures could prove to be a significant opportunity for anyone who believes in the long term viability of these operations.

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