A Happy New Year, Share Buyers. Some financial boffins are predicting that shares will rise mightily this year. The main reason seems to be an expectation the damn will burst. And all those folks who’ve not been able to spend money will make up for lost time once vaccines have worked their magic.
Hello, Share Pickers. Should you hate making big decisions, share pricking is not for you. A fairly frequent armchair trader has to make them all the time. It’s not just a question of whether we should dump a share, hold or buy more. There’s the more pertinent issue of timing, either long-term or at what part of the day to hit the buy or sell button. I suspect most of us are dithery decision-makers.
Hello, Share Changers. As someone who owns shares in oil giants, like Shell (RDSB) BP (BP.) and Tullow (TLW) not to mention a few smaller plays, it hurts to write this modest article. But I really do fear that we may be looking at the beginning of the end for fossil fuels. While two economists at that huge bank J P Morgan have interesting related views on the subject.
Hello, Share Speakers. With the election only 20 days away, it’s wise to review our trading options. The election run-up can be just as important as the final result in Shareland. We are called to take scary buy, sell or hold chances because the outcome - particularly so this time - is so unpredictable. Yet there are some previous facts to help us.
Hello, Share Crunchers. All right, it’s not been long at all since I last brought Creightons (CRL) the fifty-bagger to your attention. But as the price keeps pushing onwards and today we have interims. Thus it’s probably appropriate to ask if the top approaches. For what’s it’s worth, I don’t think we are near the loftier prices we might expect. For these reasons.
Hello, Share Speakers. Possibly my favourite Footsie giant is Legal and General (LGEN). After buying the shares just after the biggest financial crash in living memory I have seen a multi-bagger rise, which is unusual for a jumbo. The latest figures from the insurer seem to support my loyalty.
Hello Share Slushers. I’ve oft remarked how important the oil price is to share shifters like us. But there’s never any harm in re-stressing points which are so important. Obviously, when it rises we can expect shares in Footsie oilers, like Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA and RDSB) and BP (BP.) to react accordingly. Just as they’re doing now. But the oil price is more significant than that.
Hello, Share Diviners. I’m never sure why American firms want to list on our AIM market, but MaxCyte (MXCT) looks worth a look. It’s a medical pioneer which uses cell therapy.
Hello Share Shorters. What a peculiar place Shareland is. We have multi-millionaires and billionaires with so much money they could never spend it. Yet some hang onto every penny. Then we see the other end of the share spectrum where a bunch of (mostly ageing) heroes walk 33 miles and raise nearly £50,000 for kids who face appalling disadvantages. How many small charity walks realise that kind of dough? Most of the donors will be from our shareholder community.
Hello, Share Puddlers. It’s very possible that the next leader of the Tory party will be a tougher negotiator than Mrs May. This would be more likely to end in a no-deal Brexit. So how will this affect the companies we share shifters invest in? Here are some precautions you might take.
Hello, Share Callers. As most shares are falling now on Brexit fears, though I believe them to be groundless it might be the best idea to avoid buying most stocks in the expectation of getting them cheaper a little later on. And yet one company tends to do well when its fellow Footsie members step back...
Hello, Share Crispers. You often see share writers ‘talking up their own book’. Nothing wrong with that. As long as you put a fair case for the shares you own. In fact, someone who puts their money where their mouth is can be applauded. But today I’m going to talk down my own book...
Hello, Share Screamers. There are City analysts who say that shares are cheap now and can only go up. There are others, like talented Shareprophets writer David Scott who say they can only topple as yet unappreciated global headwinds blow in. But what’s the real story?
Hello, Egg Crackers. As we have a few boring days when shares aren’t moving, there’s time to consider a more important matter. It’s where we will end up after death. We Christians believe that the Easter story shows us where we are going. And yet not even we can be sure.
Hello, Share Screechers. With so much uncertainty in the world and dire warnings about share prices, some given on this beautiful website, it might be worth considering other forms of investment. I’ve been tempted by buying works of art, but as I know nothing about the subject I decided against it. And that's despite some huge profits art investors have seen over the last few years.
Hello, Share Pickers. So the Brexit mess worsens. If we conducted our affairs in the same counterproductive and argumentative way as those MPs of ours, we would all be bankrupt by now. It’s a disgrace. But let’s try and be positive about the situation as regards our shares.
Hello, Share Reachers. In my more angry past, I have criticised Greggs (GRG) the baker, for having too much coloured icing confections in its window. Not that good for kids, I thought. But as one of the original (almost) vegetarians, I applauded its big market drive to introduce its vegan sausage rolls. And what a difference that’s made to its P&L! The company says that sales rocketed by a tenth in the first seven months of this year.
Hello Share Riddlers. Many of us still invest in oil giants. This is often because of the juicy dividends they pay, while staying fairly secure as reliable cash earners. I think most of us expect that Brent crude will keep rising in value. Yes, there was a nasty fall a few months ago, but the price is making what appears to be a sustained rally now. It’s the oil price which has brought the main oilers fatter profits lately.
Hello, Share Planners. So poor is mainstream television these days, that I do nearly all my viewing on YouTube or Netflix (NFLX). It's one way of avoiding the so-called real-life tv programmes that try and fail to make entertainment out of watching people move home or doing their boring jobs.
Hello, Share Scroungers. There’s increasing evidence that the moggy we picked up at the local cat rescue service is of the rare and valuable Norwegian Forest breed. Should I sell him to burnish the fallen value of my shares? Of course not. And to worry about share prices is probably a useless concern, anyway. Because I continue in my view that share values will soon bounce back.
Between Christmas Day and January 2nd we shall be publishing more than 20 share tips of the year – buys and sells. Eleventh up is the second from Malcolm Stacey.
Hello Share Dashers. Anything could happen to the market today, what with all the Xmas falls on the Asian markets and the Brexit chaos. So let me err on the side of caution and not commend any specific share to you until tomorrow. Instead, let’s look at a few New Year resolutions you ought to keep if you want to turn your fortunes on the stock market.
Hello, Share Strikers. Generally, I don’t nurture a rosy view of the prospects of publishing companies. This isn't just because many of them rejected my latest novel Black Snow, but because I reckon many authors, including successful ones, will move over to self-publishing as a jolly good way of cutting out the middleman. But Bloomsbury (BMY) is my exception.
Hello, Share Scrapers. Who among us isn't a bit spooked by issues affecting the global economy? But what should we do to protect ourselves - and make the most of any opportunities? Well, after doing the research and basing predictions on it, this is what I think.
As you may have gathered on Tuesday, Malcolm’s long-suffering wife reckons that he has been spending too much time in The Punter’s Return and so has organised a holiday in Denmark, Sweden and Russia where Mr Stacey hopes to discover the magic money tree and an updated theme for his next novel. We left him on his way to “The Bridge”, but our senior reporter has now updated us on his progress since…
Hello, Share Markers. I admit it. The reason I bought into Whitebread (WTB) a year and half ago was to bag the shareholder perk of one night for the price of two at its Premier Inns. With it came money off at its various restaurants and a voucher for coffee at Costa.
Hello, Share Twiners. The Brexit wrangle so bores people that even the so- called more enlightened listeners of Radio Four's Today programme are turning off in droves in favour of mindless music channels. But is the likely effect on share prices going to ease or get worse?
Hello Share Clumpers. Whether or not you voted for Brexit doesn't matter. What we supporters of this magnificent website want to know is how will our shares be affected. Both in the run-up to that scary March 29th date and afterwards.
Hello Share Scoopers. There’s been scary talk about the effect of US trade sanctions on British shares. The Chinese are adding fuel to this fire by claiming the tariffs on them will affect the whole world. Well, they will. But in a good way. If the Chinese and other nations which are being targeted by Big Donald cannot buy American goods without their costing a lot more, than they will buy stuff from other places.
Hello Share Middlers. I’ve commended Greene King (GNK) to you in the past but its yearly numbers are not that marvellous. The pub and food chain’s adjusted profit before tax toppled back to £243 million. That’s still a tidy sum, but it’s 11% less than last time. Still, the divi remains unchanged at 33p per share. The prospective yield I have is 5.3%, which ain’t at all bad.
Hello Share Pushers. Another week's gone by. Another seven days in a very long, but rather slow bull market. Actually, the Footsie's performance recently has been poor, so should we see that as a sign of a ne w bear market? Must we change at least a few of our shares into cash? I would say ' yes' for the following reasons.
You know the old updating of Shakespeare's seven ages of man speech. Well, the modern version is just four ages - lager, aga, Saga and ga-ga. Saga (SAGA) being a company which provides services for the getting-on-in-years tribe. This tribe is more numerous than it used to be - and becoming even more plentiful.
Hello Share Bats. As the markets are closed, it’s allowable to discuss matters on the fringes of our great game. So let me bring you a mystery. It’s about what seems like a scam. But as I found nothing about it on Google, I hope you can enlighten me.
Hello Share Cavaliers. There’ll be more than a few readers whose hearts sink whenever they see something about the Beaufort affair on this glittering website. But my purpose today is to try to add a little cheer if I can. So I’ve been looking at a few of the more positive points in this scary affair. Well, perhaps ‘positive’ is a wrong word in this context. So let’s say ‘less scary’ instead.
Hello Share Crimpers. My favourite insurance giant is Legal and General (LGEN). But the old Royal Insurance, now called RSA (RSA) is still in my bag. And it’s doing rather nicely, if not brilliantly. In share price terms, at least.
Hello Share Scorchers. In a well-written reply to my earlier article on how to secure our shares in future after the Beaufort affair, that wise Shareprophets contributor, Drunken Sailor felt I was over-egging the pudding.
Hello, Share Moochers. The biggest cliche in the book is the markets hate uncertainty. And there’s oodles of uncertainty about the trade war that’s building between the USA and China. But aside from the clash of the Titans, how will the issue affect shareholders here in Blighty?
Hello, Share Piggies. So I was correct, for a change. The big one-day 1100 point drop in the Dow has almost been mopped up by steadily improving US share prices. It’s nearly always the same down-and-up pattern. Unless we get a real share crash, which this wasn’t.
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.
Hello Share Diggers. It's always a bit unnerving when one takes a different view to the analysts at a big bank. But I cannot share RBC's view that the share price of ASOS (ASC) will rise.
Hello, Share Kickers. This is a scary holiday weekend for the many of us still holding IQE (IQE) shares. They have risen again, as I write, but how long can the bandwagon keep rolling? Though I’ve been sorely tempted over the last few weeks to sell at least half my shares, I have not done so. I’ll give you a few of my reasons, some of which are not that strong.
Hello, Share Muckers. Because I still own far too many oil stocks, I really must take my pruning shears to most of them. We seem to be moving very slowly towards renewables and nuclear, not to mention the march of hybrid cars.
Hello Share Peggers. The latest set of figures from Sainsbury (SBRY) show that sales in the last four months improved by 2.3%. Which is not too bad, considering the huge challenge from the competition these days.
Hello Share Packers. All of the shares I’ve brought to your attention have been making good ground. But then again nearly all shares have been flying on the coat-tails of a bullish Footsie.
Hello Share Swingers. The most arduous element of share-shifting is having to make big decisions, knowing that the wrong choice can cost you thousands of pounds. But which is the correct way to make a choice? As the markets are not open at the weekend, this is a good time to examine the ensible way to make a your decisions in future.
Hello Share Splodgers. Have you considered buying shares in Petrofac (PFC)? It’s one of the world’s biggest providers of infrastructure, including buildings and equipment to the oil and gas world.
Hello Share Crunchers. May I bring to your attention Wincanton (WIN) a freight haulage firm. It’s been described as a provider of supply chain solutions, but I expect you join me in ridiculing fancy descriptions like that.
Hello Share Jinglers. Look at a cat’s face. Next, picture snow softly falling on a wood. Now imagine the Big Bang. All those zillions of bits and pieces flying through space. Then falling exactly into place to produce a world like ours in all its complexity and wonders of nature, for example: a spider making a web
Hello Share Squirters. The Footsie keeps on rising. Allowing for the usual Santa Rally, one wonders why? After all, as Uncle Tom keeps saying, the world is overloaded with debt and many big countries, like Italy, France and Spain, have shaky economies. There seems no obvious reason for shares to bloom.
Hello Share Seekers. In the uncertainties of the big share world, nothing is more sure than the usual fact that stocks rise in the run up to Christmas and even if this is a more spooky world than normal with Trump, Brexit, a new Cold War and the rest, I bet a pound to a penny that the big city will see a Santa Rally, according to tradition.
Hello Share Trimmers. The markets are closed as I write, so let’s just take a look at the broadest picture possible when trying to predict if our shares will rise or fall. As you will have guessed this is a piece to encourage you in buying rather than selling in our golden game.
Hello Share Punchers. I’m not sure that I did not cover my favourite builder Galliford Try (GFRD) rather too recently. But when a share commentator like myself is more convinced of one of his subjects' future success more than many of his others, he should press the point more than once.
Hello Share Shapers. A few years ago, I sold all my Vodafone (VOD) shares for a goodly profit. Rather a good job as it paid for 10 years of phone bills which used to be high in those days. The shares went into a damp patch after that, but over the last few years the share price has perked up, while its rival BT’s (BT.) share price is currently, to say the least, stodgy.
It’s often overlooked by the more gloomy arm of our golden fraternity that we are now not far off that happy time of year when shares, all things being equal, will rise. They do most autumns, even when there is nor particularly jolly economic news on the horizon.
Hello Share Tillers. There can be little doubt now that the Footsie will burst through the all-important 7,000 mark this week. But we still have the problem of what shares to pick, even in a tangible bull market like this. I almost said a 'healthy' bull market, but we all have to be cautious in these uncertain days.
Hello Share Twiddlers. As it’s the weekend, I thought it might be an idea to feature an aspect of share-shifting which is sometimes overlooked by the gloomy forecasters we have among our midst. You see, our great game is not so much driven by the nuts and bolts of a company’s performance, as by pop psychology which drives us all, often in an illogical fashion.
Hello Share Trundlers. There is a company which is loosely associated with junk mail. But it does a lot more than that, mostly in the paperwork line. The name of the company is Communisis (CMS) which is hard to say and had deserved a bit more thought when the monicker was first chosen.
Hello Share Sponsors. As I write the price of Brent crude is $43 a barrel. That’s a lot worse than the $51 dollars it reached a few months ago. And the fall has been reflected in the share price of nearly all oil companies. For example, the share price of Royal Dutch Sell (RSDA) is off by about 5%.
Hello Share Shapers. I've had a very eventful week. My ARM (ARM) and IQE (IQE) holdings, both rather similar companies, both shot ahead. One on a take-over probability (ARM) the other on a bullish trading update. Such are the possibilities of our golden game, that a whole year of lacklustre performance for my portfolio was suddenly bounced back into the black. That's why we should never despair, gang. There is always a good story for us lurking round the next corner. And the rewards we accrue can sometimes be nearly as good as winning the pools.
Hello Share Plasterers. Before the Brexit result, I opined that shares would topple, but then make a quick recovery. I didn’t realise then how the bounce back would be much more than a recovery. Shares reached an 11 month high. And yet the BBC continue to broadcast doom and gloom comments that the British economy is now in a perilous situation. The healthy Footsie belies that sort of talk.
Hello Share Swappers. I know it’s not been long since I last featured Photo-Me (PHTM). This is the share that Uncle Tom characterises as my favourite. Well, it has made me a lot of money, after a very poor start yonks ago. The reason I return to it so rapidly, is that I am even more convinced that the present share price has room to move upwards. The share reached a high of 185p a few months ago. Then on June 21, three days before Brexit, it suffered. Though like many companies singled out for sudden punishment, the shares were oversold in a panicked situation.
Hello Share Scrummers. In my humble opinion, British banks are among the biggest bargains in Shareland at the mo. Though I was in two minds about foisting this opinion on you, as banks have a marvellous talent for letting us down. They’ve been doing that steadily since the big crashes of 2007 and 8. But I really do think the shares have been oversold since the result of the Brexit vote. They fell a heck of a lot. Without their failure, the Footsie which eventually rocketed on the decision to leave the EU, would have been near the elusive 7000 level by now.
Hello Share Dollies. We are entering the uncharted waters of Brexit. But captains of ships still have a raft (sic) of experience to draw upon, even when you don’t have a map. This is how Columbus discovered the Colonies. One thing - and they’re aren’t many of them - how I score over the vast majority of my colleagues is long experience of what has previously happened in our great game. I have observed the charts, day in day out for so many years that the only interruption of my studies is the couple of weeks when I courted Ann Boleyn.
Hello Share Flexers. Well, that was turn-up and no mistake. Did anyone really expect us to leave Europe? Certainly not the bookies.They are rarely wrong in political matters, but they were this time. The odds started out very favourably to Brexit punters, then shortened, but on the eve of the big vote, Paddy Power was offering 8 to 1 on for remaining and five to one against leaving. Boy did they get it wrong!
Hello Share Thumpers. The big hotel and catering set-up Whitbreads (WTB) has had an encouraging write-up in my modest column before. If anything my enthusiasm has increased since then. The first three months of this year were promising both for its hotels and for its Costas, the Italian- sounding, but not, chain of coffee houses, which seem to be springing up everywhere.
On the day of the big Brexit vote, the best shares for me to bring to your notice are the ones which staying in or coming should make no difference. One company which fits this bill and which has just made an exciting announcement is Avacta (AVCT). I have brought this life science outfit to your attention before. And so far not much has happened to the share price.
Hello Share Twinklers. As Uncle Tom would have it, Photo-me (PHTM) is my favourite company. I’m not sure about that but it is still rather galling for me to have to report that the shares are down 15% as I write. It has, to be fair, motored upwards for a few days earlier on the expectation of a preliminary results statement which came out today. But that statement is not at all bad, and I fancy that the 15% fade will soon start to look a lot better.
Hello Share Squeezers. I have been a big fan of Inmarsat (ISAT) the big satellite company. Over the last few years, it has made me loadsamoney. But as Uncle Tom rightly said a few months ago, the story has since changed to the company’s detriment. And the shares have lost a third of their value over the last half year.
Hello Share Mongers. The case for investing in large pharma companies remains strong in my book. Maybe it's because I'm getting old, but I see that health is the biggest concern we ought to have. What is money, if we're feeling lousy? Pretty worthless. But there is always a possible danger in investing in companies which produce treatments and drugs. I am heavily into quite a few medical pioneers and I sometimes worry that I should not be sleeping at nights.
Hello Share Bunnies. Tullow Oil (TLW) shares I've held a long time. Too long, as it turned out. Not many years ago they doubled my outlay in a year or two. Then, like nearly all other big oilers they were hit a year ago, or so by the big black stuff crash. Actually the share had been on the back foot before that. But I reckon Tullow could be on the march again. Over the last few days, the advancing oil price has decided to take a rest. But not for long, I fancy. You can see my reasons in a few recent examples of my modest Shareprophets column.
Hello Share Swipers. BHP Billiton (BLT) is a famous mining and oil producing company. It provides us with iron ore, copper, diamonds, aluminium, the ebony nectar and natural gas. I can imagine in my mind's eye many of you are now heading for the door. But hang on a bit. Not only is the oil price rising, but this company has been held down by issues which may have been overdone.
Hello Share Peddlars. I am a big fan of Poundland (PLND) stores, but not of its shares. When the company went public, I did not participate. This was for the 11-plus level of reasoning that at only a pound a purchase, it was going to have to sell a load of stuff to bring in decent profits.
Hello share switchers. During 2016, I've already suggested that you research a few airlines, as the signs are that most of them will do rather well in the next few years. We can mostly thank the low price of oil. But airports are getting busier all the time. And as many less-developed parts of the world become, well, more developed, more of their residents will want to hit the business and tourism trails.
Hello Share Pitchers. My parents were so frightened of cancer that they refused to utter the word. As a result I had never even heard of the affliction until I was an advanced teenager. These days we all still fear the condition, but we perhaps should not do so as much as we used to. This is because treatments are becoming more effective year on year. It is still an appalling killer, though.
Hello Share Schemers. I read a very recent piece on this glittering website from Terrers the Frenchman. Readers of his occasional, but very well researched and detailed articles, will know that he usually takes the gloomy view. And this is what happened in Thierry’s latest interesting piece which points out that the Footsie is once again on the back foot. In his opinion things may just get worse before they come better. And yet, as he also mentions oil prices have risen and the S & P has been trading near highs. So what’s holding the Footsie back? Well, I think we all suspect it is the uncertainty over Europe.
Hello Share Crunchers. If we assume - and I think this might be a safe bet - that oil prices will perk up, then perhaps we should cast about for shares in the energy game which might ride the rally.
You may or may not have heard of a great UK company called Synthoma (SYNT). It’s one I’ve usually missed in the limited number of news sources I keep up with, anyway.
Our sincere apologies for missing the fact that ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Jiasen (JSI) slipped out a board change RNS at lunchtime on Friday last week. I guess we were all in the Punter's Return at the time. It seems that Mr Curt Riley has resigned as a NED as from the end of May.
Hello Share Thrashers. With the mainstays of many a private share portfolio, like oil and banks, still in the dumps, it might be time to seek out companies in less common areas of business.
Hello Share Walkers. The low price of petrol won’t last for ever and that could mean a stronger move to public transport. I’m already a keen train and bus traveller, as I’m too lazy to concentrate for hours on end on a motorway.
Hello Share Togglers. I’ve long sung the praises of BT (BT.A) on this splendiferous website. But I’m going off it just a bit. I’ll continue to hold the shares, as they have been a big success for me in the last three years. But they seem to be taking a bit of a rest in the upward march. As are most shares, to be fair. So now let’s switch a bit of my allegiance to a rival - and that’s Vodafone (VOD).
Hello Share Lovers. With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, it’s maybe appropriate to suggest a share for your consideration which should benefit from this over-commercialised bit of annual daftness.
Hello Share Pruners. As we continue to highlight companies which are probably a bit safer than most in the mad days we face on the stock markets, may I point you in the direction of National Grid (NG.)
Hello Shares Shavers. We’re constantly reminded these days that most of the world is faltering economically. You may be fed up with my view that this pessimism is being overdone by the markets. But if you disagree with me on that front, you’ll perhaps concede that Britain and the USA are still doing rather well. Our recent GDP records seem to bear this out.
Hello Share Scramblers. Time to check our Compass (CPG) again. I’ve long supported this golden company. Even in dark times, like now, for example, the shares maintain a strong showing.
Hello Share Shiners. All right, this is another article on a promising bio science outfit. Yes, my support for companies which push through the frontiers of medicine is undiminished in 2016.
Hello Share Movers. There are more jobs in Britain than there ever have been. Quite an amazing fact, don’t you think? When you consider that we all once expected a sci-fi future full of labour-saving devices.
Hello Share Scribblers. I’ve not looked at Old Mutual (OML) before. A pity. Because it’s been one of the most reliable of our insurance/pension/ asset management /banking giants in the Footsie. It’s one of the day’s biggest gainers as I write this, but there’s still room for the share price to sparkle further.
Hello Share Swappers. Biome Technology (BIOM) is one of those politically correct firms. It makes plasticky material other than from the usual smelly black stuff. The impact on the planet is obvious and its products are usually compostable.
Hello Share Samplers. As I write this, there is a dire threat of the heaviest rainfall in my West Wales neck of the woods for 100 years. It seems to be the next incarnation of that huge snow fall which covered New York. Though as the temperature here is a mid spring 13 degrees, it will fall as rain, not the magical sparkly stuff.
Hello Share Swiggers. Journey Group (JNY) might be worth a tickle. It’s a company which brings good quality meals and snacks into aeroplanes. Yes, I know that sounds like a contradiction in terms, but somebody has to do something about airline meals.
Hello Share Shufflers. Let’s have a butcher’s at AstraZeneca (AZN). I’ve been blowing the trumpet of quite a few medical punts in the last month or so. And, with a market cap of £54 billion, they don’t get much bigger than this one.
Hello Share Swillers. Last year, I suggested that Wetherspoon (JDW) might be a reasonable choice for investors. Uncle Tom, who disagreed strongly with my view, might be gratified to learn that I’ve changed my mind.
Hello Share Shoppers. I’ve been reading a few recommendations from sharper financial minds than mine about a great new British company which does a lot more than it suggests.
Hello Share Munchers. I’ve been having a terrible time finishing my tax return. Talk about complicated!. Normally, I thump it in before now. But don’t worry, there’s still till the end of the month to get yours in.
Hello Share Packers. Normally I stay clear of hotel firms. The main reason is that I can’t see much reason for people to be staying at British towns and cities for any good reason. I mean, you can understand people wanting to pay visits to London, Edinburgh or York, say. But where is the necessity to stay in Birkenhead, Scunthorpe or Milton Keynes? In fact, most places in the UK don’t deserve to be visited at all. (Write your complaints in the comments box.) TW Note: anywhere North of Kenilworth is on that list for starters.
I once met a chap who had a silver cigarette case. He’s not reading his Shareprophets carefully enough, I thought. Otherwise, his glittering cigarette case would be made of gold.
Hello Share Mashers. Reckitt Benckiser (RB.) is one of those Great British shares which sometimes misses the radar - but the cautious investor might be attracted. This company, which likes to call itself RB, is sometimes ignored by share critics. And yet it is doing rather well among its Footsie peers.
Hello Share Flickers. There are some firms which loom large in our ordinary humdrum lives. One, which is rarely covered on this website, and probably our lesser rivals, is Associated British Foods (ABF)
Hello Share Scrappers. One of my favourite penny shares is not every body’s cup of tea. I keep seeing IQE (IQE) on a list of most-shorted shares, you know the one that appears from time to time on this wondrous website.
Hello Share Smackers. About years ago, I invested in a little health care contractor, called Totally (TLY). It was on a share tip from Uncle Tom.
Hello Share Seekers. You may remember Harold Lloyd, the famous silent picture star, who climbed tall buildings and kept falling off them.
I hope you have a happy and healthy New Year. Though, especially if you are of a certain age, I fear the odds are against it. My Christmas cards usually contain letters from old friends and relatives. And I was shocked to learn that one of them had almost lost her sight, another is on crutches awaiting knee transplants, another has breast cancer and so on.
Hello Share Scribblers. This old punter believes that house builders, some of which have been on a roll in the last six months, will continue to be on one. I’ve looked at the odd building firm on this venerable website, but I don’t think I’ve pulled a magnifying glass on Persimmon (PSN) for a long time.
Merry Christmas Share Shakers. I’m so overcome with the Christmas spirit that I’m going to give my wife a truly romantic present this year. A shopping bag on wheels in a tartan design.
Hello Share Scrapers. Shares dropped in value by 10% this year. Which means if you had a portfolio of £1m, then you are down £100,000. Ouchipoo! I expect your holding is a lot less than that. And any road up, we should always remember that a 10% loss is nothing in the great scheme of things. One year, I recall shares rose by 137%. (Or was it even more?)
Hello Share Helpers. Not long to go now before Santa calls. But I’m not sure it will as sumptuous a Yule celebration as normal in Stacey Towers. It’s not really been a good year and that applies to most of us, I fear.
Hello Share Springers. There’s a share in my portfolio which I keep forgetting to check. It’s the National Grid (NG.) This is a big mistake, as we should all monitor our babies at least once a week.
Hello Share Shufflers. I've been a bit wary of Marks and Sparks (MKS) on this scintillating website before now. But I'm beginning to change my mind. I still find its clothing range a bit bland. Though I'm, not a fashion expert, and maybe what I see as a bit bland is really exciting new fashion.
Hello Share Spoolers. I've said a few times before that I feel confident investing in British insurers. As financial ventures they are in prime position to benefit from the long, slow rally from the credit crunch of 2008.
Hello Share Swooners. I've been saying that the pre-Christmas affect on shares would influence some stocks more than others. Among the possible winners, I thought were holiday purveyors. Coming to mind were Tui (TUI), Thomas Cook (TCG) and Carnival (CCL) the big cruising firm.
Hello Share Squirters. About six years ago I bought some shares in Morrisons (MRW). And I immediately regretted it. And that was before all the hoo-ha about Lidl and Aldi taking the customers of the big British supermarkets.
Oh my stars, the weirdest thing that you will view all week is our #9 most-viewed post, Chris Oil Video - how he makes 1000% a trade, his night with the ladies and more. It's made all the more special by the tacky pop music playing in the background and the sounds of the dishes being collected. Also, does Chris Oil refer to himself in the third person sometimes?
Hello Share Sprinters. I trust you made a packet out of Royal Mail (RMG) when it was privatised. I sold my shares fairly quickly, and did very nicely. My wife held onto hers and is still in profit.
Hello Share Trillers. When I think of that well-known British name Whitbread (WTB), I think of pubs and beer. As I am a red wine man, this does not always thrill me.
Hello Share Smashers. If you’re looking for an ethical share, I’m not sure you can do much better than having a peek at Biome Technologies (BIOM). Let me begin straight away by saying I’ve lost money previously backing this lot. Quite some years ago now, the share went wrong . I seem to remember this lot was called Stanelco then. And they were big favourites among penny play armchair tycoons like you and me.
Hello Share Trippers. Oh dear! The price of crude oil drops to less than 40 dollars a barrel.That’s really nasty and we can blame OPEC for refusing to cut down on the amber nectar it has for sale.
Malcolm First: Hello Share Squirmers. There could be pressure on people like me who write about shares. We could be approached by PR people who want us to write about their clients. Which means that they expect us to give positive reports to companies which issue shares.
Once again the money markets behave in a totally balmy and yet predictable way.Towards the end of last week, the Dow suddenly fell like a super charged stone. British shares followed in their usual obsequious way.
Hello Share Soupers. The price of ITV (ITV) shares has flattened out recently. It’s a stock which tends to do this. Nice steady increases day by day, if on the tiny side. Then comes a brief period when traders lose interest in the shares.
Hello Share Surfers. The old Footsie fell 2.5% on a day which began rather well. Why? Well, according to the media, the European Central Bank 'failed to deliver on market expectations for an increase in monthly asset purchases.’
Hello Share Shooters. It’s quite some time since I wrested your attention towards an interesting play with its potential in India. You’ll be aware that India is being vaunted by some - well, at least by me - as the new China.
Hello Share Twiddlers. There’s going to be a big vote in the Commons. It is the type of vote which is so important that it impinges on everything we hold dear in this country - including our shares.
Hello Share Trudgers. Having met some successful fund managers at the fabled Gold & Bears show, I’ve decided to start my own investment fund. After all, they just seem like ordinary blokes and lasses to me.nBut my venture will be based on an almost sure recipe for big money success. While its risks will be almost non existent.
Hello Share Swashers. There were some real heavyweight stars talking about shorting, mining, gold investing and the general state of the economy at the fabulous Gold Bears and Traders Show at Westminster at the weekend. The turns were all brilliant in their revelations.
Hello Share Shapers. I could cheerfully kick RSA (RSA) the old Royal Insurance company in the teeth.
Hello Share Muddlers: In an earlier piece this week, I opined that we should not be fearful of investing in airlines, just because murderous terrorists are at large. The argument was that there are so few airline incidents that the chances of being embroiled in one are more or less nil. And yet airline shares have suffered in the last few weeks. Ever since that crash of the flight from Egypt to Russia, to be exact.
In my humble opinion - and I know this will bring a deluge of detractions - oil prices will now recover. And with this happy circumstance, of course, so will the very depressed share prices of some of our old favourites.
Hello Share Shapers. Let’s take a look at the general situation facing ordinary share buyers like us at the moment. Volumes were down in August and September. They always are , due to the big traders preferring to spend more time with their holidaying families.
Hello Share Changers. I seem to remember that Uncle Tom doesn’t particularly like IQE (IQE) a firm which has, once or twice, been described as the new Arm Holdings (ARM)
Hello Share Bunnies. There was some interesting share movements after all the good news came out for Feedback (FDBK), the minnow capitalised at a mere £5 million.
Hello Share Smashers. It was Harvest Festival at our church. The stress this time was on feeding others. We were urged to do something for hungry refugees, rather than gorge ourselves on junk food.
Buon Giorno Share People. I spent last week testing the Italian power of recovery to revitalise the Eurozone and so invigorate the UK economy, particularly, as always, the value of our shares.
Hello Share Fellows. You may have noticed that I’ve not been posting my usual observations for a week now. That is not because I’m in dark despair. But I’ve been in Italy investigating the financial situation there.
Hello Share Smashers. Uncle Tom has already alluded to my lesson for today. And that is that we should buy when the market has been weakened by topical events. Yes, I know the advice is pretty self-evident. So why does everyone do the opposite?
Hello Share Freakies. May I offer a few opinions on the way the world economies are going - and, to adapt the famous line from Harold Wilson - their effect on the shares in our pocket.
Hello Share Campers. I’ve got an awful admission to make. I am an addict.
Hello Share Bottlers. I’ve held shares in Centamin (CEY), the Egyptian gold miner for some years now. Given the dramatic events that have shaken that interesting country, the share price has followed rather a boring path.
Hello Fellow Share Bashers. The other day I told you how I’d picked five companies for my 21- year-old son Jack’s first share portfolio. But I was a bit miffed when he went off on a ten-day holiday to Denmark, without lodging his first £1000 with the broker. So far my fantastic five tips have gone unused.
Hello Share Sprigs. I become fed up with the number of people who tell me I should stop trading shares and invest in houses instead. A family member even told me this week ‘House prices never fall.’ But they jolly well do, don’t they?
Hello Share Floggers. The old shares are settling down a bit now. It’s not so much that the Greece fandango has been resolved. Or indeed that the falling Chinese stock market has been stabilised. It’s just that the big American traders have got impatient with waiting for something dramatic to happen. So now they’ve stoped holding their horses and they’ve started buying again.
Hello Share Plungers. We’re told by the International Monetary Fund that Greece will never be able to pay back its big debt and that creditors should be willing to take a haircut. Sense at last, but with the Germans in a bloody frame of mind towards the Greeks, that short back and sides will not be forthcoming.
This morning my money tree worshipping comrade, the druid Getafix, aka Comrade Malcolm Stacey has written comments (HERE) about Tesco which are so completely insane that I have to respond. Quite simply, I can only assume that Malcolm took too much magic potion last night as he appears to be off with the fairies. Malcolm writes about Tesco:
Hello Share Smoochers. If I continue with my usual policy of only pointing you in the direction of companies in which I hold shares, there are only so many firms which I can bring to your notice. The ones with a really chance of putting on weight, anyway. So I return to an outfit now who really do continue in life’s upward journey up the hill of profits. I refer to Photome (PHTM), one time darling of the bully boards.
I keep having this odd image of Malcolm Stacey. He lives among the heathen celts of Wales and is a self confessed money tree worshipper, an older man with white hair - he is Getafix, the druid from Asterix the Gaul. Getafix heads off into the woods with his sickle to hack away mistletoe to make potions. Malcolm heads off into the woods to hack away at the money tree and then brews up a potion.
Hello Share Masters. I just want to return to Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) as the boards seem to have gone quiet on this popular favourite among private punters.
Hello Share Scoffers. Uncle Tom believes that the present bull market is ‘ridiculous’. There are some other very perceptive and experienced writers on this scintillating website who agree with him. Including the morose, but sharply intelligent Frenchman and Amanda the Golden.
Hello Share Swingers. It seems ages ago that I first tipped Feedback (FDBK) the life science company. It was during all the excitement about another medical punt, Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO). I think I said something optimistic along the lines that Feedback could be another Advanced, which is a multi-bagger..
Hello Share Munchers. Let’s have a look at the world economy and the British arm of it in particular. Knowing what is happening on the biggest scale helps us to make choices on the very smallest scale ie: which shares to buy or sell next.
Hello Share Shakers. Perhaps I did not express myself clearly enough – if so, t’were a grievous fault (Shakespeare’s Marc Anthony) – yet I’m stuck with it. But I happen to agree with almost all Tom said here yesterday.
I think it was six years ago that we all thought low interest rates would not last. They have, and there is no sign, as far as I can see, that they will rise any time soon. They may even continue to bump along at their present lowly level for another six years.
Hello Share Tweekers. I recently wrote about RBS (RBS), the old Royal Bank of Scotland, observing that the share price now is still only 4% of its previous high. That previous high was over £9 and was reached just before the bank crisis of 2007/8.
Hello Share Chinkers. There are some strange things going on in the world of mergers and take-overs. It ain’t right, mister.
Hello Share Shapers. While composing an essay about RBS (RBS), I found myself writing that their shares are now only worth 4% of what they used to fetch before the great credit crunch of 2008.
I got rid of my Marks and Spencer (MKS) shares a few years ago now. They were among my slowest moving stocks of all time.
Hello Share Mates. As we flounder along in a rather pedantic time for shares , apart from the pennies and rogue firms hat always provide a bit of excitement on the bleakest days, it’s time to reflect on a few illogical paths that await happy share-shifters like us.
Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) is one of the most talked-about shares on the net at the mo. And it’s not just the army of private bloggers who are desperately trying to talk up the share by making fortune teller predictions.
I have not done this before but I want to add a note about my recent Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) share tip
There is a lot of heavy stuff on this smasherooni website at the moment. You may think you need a first in finance from the London School of Economics to make use of it.
Hello Share Munchkins. It’s not been so long ago that I was trumpeting Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO). But the fashionable biotech firm is beginning to get interesting again.
Hello Share Squidgers. Just where is the Lloyds share going? May I humbly opine that it will go a lot further than it has already done in the last week or so – even if the latest rise in value has been pretty remarkable.
Hello Share Ploughers. Let’s have another look at Tertiary Minerals (TYN). After a long fallow period, well, slow decay to be honest, the shares are stirring back to life again.
Hello Share Swingers. There’s still no proper upward movement on BG (BG.) And yet Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) has put in a bid which has been estimated at being worth £13.50 in cash and shares
Hello Share Pootlers. It’s nearly always the same when the big companies put on a huge spurt, the penny shares suffer. Not all of them, of course, but there is a definite downward drag.
Hello Share Splashers. There’s been a lot talk – including on this dazzling website – about bubbles. Commentator after commentator keeps banging on about the dangers of economic bubbles bursting to embarrass happy share-shifters like us.
Hello Share Spikers. There are a lot of us still awash in oil shares. Remember that Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA)is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, companies on the biggest of all British share clubs, the Footsie.
Hello Share Trimmers. Investors in Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) are in a peculiar situation. For though our shares are now trading at just a touch over 8p, they could be worth a lot more.
Hello Share Monkeys. The most common question I was asked in the Blogger’s Café at the legendary UK Investor Show was: where exactly is the Punter’s Return?
Hello Share Swillers. I happen to know there are a lot of BG (BG.) shareholders reading this splendiferous website. That’s because we get a lot of interest every time the natural gas giant is mentioned.
The big city puts a lot of reliance put on growth figures. And it isn’t always justified. Britain’s growth, or GDP growth as it’s known, has knocked shares for six in the last few days. Though the latest figure shows that Blighty’s economy is still growing, it’s not moving up as quickly as shown last time.
Hello Share Smashers. I drew your attention a while back to Creightons (CRL). It fashions toiletries and things which make your car smell nice. The very popular Lidl is an outlet for its produce.
Hello Share Munchers. I’ve been getting a little bit nervous over the many penny shares I hold. Should I be waving bye, bye to some of my more risky stocks? Normally, I shrug off such spooky feelings, unless I have good reason to believe a penny dreadful is indeed dreadful.
Howdy Share Seekers. When I first started writing for the newly-formed Sharecrazy website in 2000, the world and his wife were trading shares. I could not take a taxi ride without the driver expressing an opinion on his portfolio. The secretaries at work were swapping stock market ideas. The milkman had a pretty thick portfolio of stocks.
Hello Share Dribblers. I’ve had rather a dispiriting week. We all get them from time to time, even when the Footsie holds up very well, as it does now.
Hello Share Shockers. I’ve regaled you in this modest column before with some of the best advice you could ever pick up. That is: to track down and invest in those star companies which grow their profits every year that comes round.
Hello Share Breakers. Well, the strain was too much for me. I said earlier that I had turned a lot of my shares into cash. It seemed I had moved overnight from being a bull to a bear.
Hello Share Pickers. I told you I usually pick up some decent tips from the UK Investor Show which we were all treated to on Saturday. I’ve now had time to research a few of these diamonds and the first one I’ve bought is Feedback (FDBK).
Hello Share Twiddlers. So if the Tories get in again they will sell off Lloyds (LLOY) shares to the public at a discount.
Hello Share Swillers. Well, it's almost time. The zappy UK Investor Show 2015 is only one day away.La st year's event was a really happy affair. And yet shares were not doing that well at the time, as I recall (though the old memory is starting to go).
So Lloyds Bank (LLOY) shares have crawled ever so painfully and slowly above 80p again. We have already been in this territory several times.
Hello Share Pickers. The fabulous UK Investor Show is coming up. Just a few days to go, now. It will be great to meet you in the Blogger's Cafe. I did time there last year and really enjoyed it. Picked up a few tips, too – like City of London Investment Group (CLIG) and Galliford Try (GFRD). And shares on both are still doing well.
You want to know where at the UK Investor Show, you'll find Malcolm Stacey? We know he is one of our most read columnists and - unlike some of our writers - he seems almost universally liked. Well for most of the day, Malcolm is "mein host" at The Punters Return, that is to say the Bloggers Cafe. Most but not all.
Hello Share Munchers. They've been telling us that the election run-up was going to send share prices down. The markets, after all, hate uncertainty.
Hello Share Tweakers. The BG (BG.) takeover story started very well with a rise of 40% on the share price of a few days earlier. That was because Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA), one of the biggest companies in the Footsie, seek a juicy merger.
Hello Share Chippers. For the last few months, I've felt a bit of a fraud. I've been telling you about some companies I thought were good investments. Some have gone onto to new all-time highs. Inmarsat (ISAT). Legal and General (LGEN) Compass (CPG) Arm Holdings (ARM) have all done really well.
Hello Share Shakers. My daily article at the start of the week reminded you that I am a momentum trader. That is: a private dealer who watches which shares move sharply upwards, and then jumps on the apple cart in the educated hope that the stock will keep on a rising for another day or two.
Hello Share Sliders. Never over-estimate the great British public when it comes to making sensible choices. They are about as likely to be able to single out the best shares as they are to pick a good telly programme. And we all know how rubbish most of the popular shows are these days.