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Sainsbury had a Merry Christmas and Makes Changes that could Lead to a Merrier Share Price

Hello Share Placers. I sang the praises of Tesco (TSCO) recently. But I also rate the chances of Sainsbury (SBRY) improving its share price. Like Tesco, it did well before Christmas with trading better than expected by the City. My local store has had a few gaps on the shelves caused by the general transport supply problems, but it’s not too much to worry about as customers will find alternatives.

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Doing deals before Christmas: Flutter Entertainment (or what you and I remember as ‘Paddy Power’)

It is nearly Christmas, thank goodness. But despite it being the day before Christmas Eve there are still a few things going on, even beyond firmer markets thanks to the German health minister this morning observing that a ‘lockdown isn’t ruled out, but it’s not needed right now’. No wonder markets across Europe are up a bit today. One story that surprised me this morning was the news that Flutter Entertainment (FLTR) – the business most of us remember as Paddy Power – ‘is pleased to announce the acquisition of Sisal, Italy’s leading online gaming operator, from CVC Capital Partners Fund VI for a consideration of €1.913bn/£1.62bn’.

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A Christmas Pressie for Avacta Shareholders Could Mean Higher Rewards into the New Year

Hello, Share Groovers. It’s taken a fair time but Avacta Group (AVCT) has been awarded a coveted CE mark for its Covid antigen lateral flow test. That means that its self-test kits can be sold in the EU and Blighty. The news sent the shares up by 25% at one point. There could be more to come.

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Me and Carnival plc (‘Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?’)

It has been a funny last 13 months, but fortunately the financial markets have been the last of my challenges. Obviously I am still not the next Peter Lynch, but I keep on learning (something) even if it was a quarter of a century ago now that I first rocked up in the City. And whilst I could ramble on at length about a few winners this year, one of the more dull stocks has been Carnival (CCL) which I am currently up on 0.25% year-to-date.

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Deep yawn at HSBC

I remember – about 25 years ago – that my first boss told me a story concerning a previous contact of his who had bought shares in HSBC (HSBA) many years beforehand and it had provided a fantastic total return profile for the next few decades. Such is the attraction of thinking a bit like Warren Buffett and spotting an idea that is set to continue to perform well for the next thirty or forty years – and holding on. However, hindsight is easy to quote but harder to achieve. And whilst I have my own list of names I anticipate my pension fund is unlikely to sell its holding in during the rest of the 2020s, unsurprisingly this list does not include HSBC which I dumped about 4 years ago (at an akin share price I had purchased the stock at about 4 years earlier). The ‘Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited’ is a flash name, but despite the rise and rise of Asia over recent decades, any HSBC shareholder will be aware that the shares peaked in the year 2000.

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New deals a-coming at Moneysupermarket.com

I have not written about Moneysupermarket.com (MONY) before but Malcolm has, as you can see here just over a year ago. He was absolutely correct that helping to identify good value car insurance, home insurance, credit card deals, travel insurance, pet insurance and broadband deals, along with the ownership of MoneySavingExpert.com (thanks Martin Lewis), was popular with lots of people. And whilst COVID-19 issues with the travel industry has caused some challenges over the last year, a business with some overall net cash on its balance sheet and free cash flow generation helping to support a 5%+ dividend yield certainly could have been a lot worse. But the shares have had a very poor last few months as, whilst the travel insurance business has been only slow to improve, the energy deals business has been an absolute shocker recently.

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The big 2021 yawn at Hargreaves Lansdown continues

Back in early August I observed that there were ‘continuing issues’ at Hargreaves Lansdown (HL.) which made me avoid the shares. Obviously I still do not own any today and this morning’s update keeps me of the view that the company’s shares are still stuck in a 1400-1800p range.

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Continuing issues at Hargreaves Lansdown

Back in May HERE I observed on ‘Hargreaves Lansdown (HL.) whose shares have remained stuck in a 1400-1800p share price range over the last year…there is no reason – in my opinion – to own the shares here’. So what do I make of today’s full year to the end of June numbers?

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ITS

In The Style – results emphasise “continued to accelerate its growth”, but now?...

Self-styled “digital womenswear fashion brand with an innovative influencer collaboration model” In The Style (ITS) has announced results for its year ended 31st March 2021 “following the group’s successful Admission to the London Stock Exchange’s AIM on 15 March 2021”. The shares have currently responded slightly up to 226p, comparing to a 200p per share IPO but also approaching 250p in April.

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IDE

IDE Group – after contract win did not justify the share price response, what about full-year results?...

Previously writing on IT services group IDE (IDE), in January I concluded that a contract win did not justify the share price response to 3p. What about full-year results and the shares currently further down at 0.90p?…

LoopUp – I having previously concluded my doubts remain, “Trading Statement”...

Previously writing on cloud communications platform group LoopUp (LOOP), in March with the shares at 86.5p I noted that my doubts remain. Today it has made a half-year trading update including that “in Cloud Telephony, we have seen a material acceleration in new customer wins”…but the shares have currently responded further lower, closer to 50p. So what’s going on?…

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ADM

Admiral Sees No Ships of Doom on the Horizon and it Might Be Worth Putting Your Toe in the Water

Hello, Share Shapers. It’s likely that in times of trouble, insurance companies are as safe a bet as any big company. That’s because when people become nervous of the future, they insure their lives and property more energetically. And you cannot get more uncertain than the on/off menace of Covid-19.

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Trading a bad stock like IQE

There are two ways of viewing IQE plc (IQE). One, mine, is correct. The other, as pushed by the share promoters, the numerous corporate brokers and financiers who see its constant demands for fresh debt and equity as something of a gravy train, is not. Let’s start with those who are wrong.

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Asos shares unsurprisingly struggle

Back on the 1st February I observed about the online clothing retailer Asos (ASCthat ‘I am still a seller on this name and take the view that below £40 is a level where you can start looking at this one again’. Guess where the share price is today after a sharp fall following the publication of four months to 30 June numbers? Hello near 40 quid a share. So what is going on?

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ABF

Popular Primark Powers Back As Lockdowns Ease, Pumping Parent Company ABF

Hello, Share Tasters. One of the most popular shops on the street is Primark. It’s had a hard time of the pandemic though, as it doesn’t do online trading. Never mind, its stores are opening now. And thanks mainly to that, its parent company Associated British Foods (ABF) has seen a surge in revenue. It’s currently up by nearly a half on last time, reaching £3.6 billion.

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BBY

Constructing a Case for this Construction Colossus Shows How its Share Profits Could Build

Hello Share Tycoons. It’s possible you’re rather wary of construction companies, with the sector having had it tough in the last couple of years. And if Blighty encounters a post-covid recession, it’s likely that heavy building will be one of the first and worst areas to be hit. But if you’re in my camp that guesses there’ll be a coiled spring boom, then UK giants of the construction world could be among the stars.

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QXT

Quixant – “order intake remains strong”… but what does that mean financially?

Shares in technology products principally for the gaming and broadcast industries company Quixant (QXT) are currently higher, above 150p, on the back of an update at its AGM including “order intake remains strong, providing us with further improved order coverage for our internal full year budget”. What does that mean financially though?

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AO World – a lockdown winner… but now to be a share price loser?

Previously writing on online electricals retailer AO World (AO.), in November with the shares around 390p I concluded a lockdown winner, but the valuation much too high on what can be reasonably expected currently from here. Today a trading update… and the shares currently at 323p…

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Are Deliveroo shares of any interest?

Call me boring but I don’t really like IPOs. Therefore when I was offered the opportunity of participating in the Deliveroo (ROO) IPO a few weeks ago I said something along the lines of ‘thank you but no thank you’, but noted down the thought of having a look when it published some numbers after it had listed. After all, even I have used Deliveroo (admittedly just once) in the last year and have certainly seen its cyclists delivering near me many times.

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The Buy or Sell Dilemma Over this Ten Bagger Continues as the Share Price Rockets to a New High

Hello Share Chompers. One of the more difficult sectors to call on this august website is in the covid-testing game. Of course, there are loads of aspirants to the title of being a good tester, but perhaps Avacta (AVCT) is the most covered. It certainly attracts a disproportionate number of posters on other websites, some of whom are in the hopeless optimist category…

LoopUp – trading update, was I still right to doubt in the summer?

Cloud communications platform group LoopUp (LOOP) has made a trading update it states it “is pleased to provide… in line with the trading statement of 27 November 2020”. The shares have currently responded 4.5% higher to 81.5p but they closed 26th November at 155p, so what’s the story?…

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ODX

Here's A Covid-Testing Outfit that Could Still Be Worth a Look

Hello Share Chasers. The share price of Avacta (AVCT) shares is holding up rather well, considering that vaccines will soon render the virus far less common. Perhaps the world expects testing to be needed until the virus disappears altogether. And we all know that’s unlikely. So, if Avacta shares continue to do well, perhaps we could consider another company which also has some news on the testing front…

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Competition: The Great ShareProphets New Year’s Eve Red Flags Sweepstakes – place your entries now!

And so we head for the end of the year – another traditional time to bury bad news by announcing it when nobody is paying any attention, ie on New Year’s Eve. Top of my list for awful results is AIM-listed URU Metals (URU) headed by John Zorbas, which offered up a dreadful half-year report the day before New Year’s Eve last year which demonstrated it was technically insolvent by a big margin. It will surely be no different this year.

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ABF

The Santa Rally Is Off to a Slow Start this Year but, as with Reindeer, it should Make Shares Fly.

Hello Share ShiftersYou don’t hear of the fabled Santa Rally these days. After all, we do have more important virus-related issues to consider. However, there will be the usual Christmas boost to most shares and added to the joy of new vaccines that should see a bigger seasonal boost than ever to our shares. Though, as always, the opportunity to make money will be limited as the New Year should bring the usual market hangover.

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LoopUp Group – trading update, I was right to doubt in the summer as now it loops down (& misleads)...

Previously writing on remote meetings technology group LoopUp (LOOP), in July with the shares at 177.5p I questioned how sustainable the net cash generation? The shares went on towards 250p, but last closed at 155p and are currently well below 100p on the back of a “Trading Update”…

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Electric Lorries and Delivery Drones. How's that for a Space Age Company that Could Hit the Stars?

Hello, Share Players. It’s not often I bring you shares that are not homegrown, but this American company looks interesting. Workhorse (NASDAQWKHS) makes battery-powered lorries and also drones that deliver stuff. Pretty futuristic eh, but if you’re excited by pioneering companies…

Canny Money Savers Could Propel GoCompare into a Rosier Future

Hello, Share Switchers. You have to be careless with money to shun comparison websites to buy insurance. If you go to a company directly you can end up paying more than the quote it gives you on a comparison site. And anyway it saves all that shopping around. I’ve been choosing GoCompare recently…

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ITV

Britbox Success Makes ITV Shares Worth Watching

Hello, Share Tasters. A company I’ve not covered lately because it fell on covid and has, so far, been slow to recover is ITV (ITV). I can see no obvious reason why this share has not rallied back to more normal levels. And I expect it to do so. Here are my reasons…

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LoopUp Group – “expect to exceed revised market expectations” AGM update… but what does that mean re. the valuation?...

LoopUp Group (LOOP) has updated including that it “has continued to trade materially above pre Covid-19 levels… expect to exceed revised market expectations in terms of revenue, EBITDA and cash generation for the current financial year”. Sounds good...

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The Situation Facing Avacta Investors Like Me

Hello, Share Isolators. The question of what to do with Avacta (AVCT) shares continues to be even thornier. The price exceeded 200p a week or so ago, then began a double-digit daily decline. Towards last week’s end it perked up again and at the time of writing is 157p...

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There's dignity in Dignity's announcement but nothing for stock pickers...

You all know I have been bearish about funeral provider Dignity (DTY) for a long time, from my inaugural January 2018 posting as the shares fell from a teens quid share price here noting that the bottom of the page is not the bottom of the chart, to here back in March where, with the shares having a '3' in front of them, I switched to a 'popcorn' rating. Since then the shares have fallen further and now trade with a '2' in front of them. I should have continued listening to my own advice: the bottom of the page is most certainly not the bottom of the chart. I do have to give Dignity some credit with reference to today's update...

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Avacta Shares May Currently Be Overpriced, But that Doesn't Guarantee They'll Stop Rising

Hello, Share Takers. Uncle Tom has described the valuation of Avacta Group (AVCT) as ‘bonkers’. With his diamond record, few will quarrel with that. Therefore, long-term players should probably avoid this stock. But what about opportunistic momentum investors?...

Yourgene Health – shares soar on “Contract manufacturing agreement for COVID-19 test” announcement...

“Contract manufacturing agreement for COVID-19 test” announcement from Yourgene Health (YGEN) – and the shares currently more than 30% higher on the back of it, to 15.75p…

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BBY

Construction Giant Builds Bigger Profits as the Order Book is Set to Grow

Hello, Share Crackers. The budget promised loads of money for Blighty’s infrastructure. That’s good news for companies who do the construction. I’ve commended Balfour Beatty (BBY) to you before –  and I’m even more confident in its prospects now. You may have noticed that the competition isn’t as strong as it was as some of its rivals have been in trouble...

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RMV

Is the Right Move to Invest in Rightmove? Could be...

Hello, Share Travellers. It’s hard to see how the virus will affect the number of homes being put up for sale in Blighty. So it might be a good time to look at Rightmove (RMV). It’s a wormhole to connect buyers with sellers. And I suppose most people seeking a home would have a nosey there...

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Has Fevertree completely lost its fizz?

So I see that Intu Properties (INTU) fessed up to the need for a massive cash raise as I mused upon yesterday, a disclosure which has pulled down the shares over 5% as I write. However, it is a bigger share price fall that is grabbing my attention this morning…

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BT Shares Worth Hanging On To as Pension Burden starts to Decrease

Hello Share Munchers. One of my biggest disappointments in shareland has been the poor showing of BT (BT.A) shares. At one stage my holding was up by 100%. But that was in the heady days when BT started buying sports concessions and many folks thought viewers would pay through the nose for BT TV. There were a few critics who doubted that and they seem to have been proved right...

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2019 Christmas Eve "Bury Bad News" Sweepstake result

Having been visited by the Ghost from Christmas Past I got a bit confused and befuddled over the deadline for this year’s ShareProphets Bury Bad News Christmas Sweepstake. Since then, of course, I’ve seen a few more ghosts, including the one for Christmas Present and the bury bad news sweepstake certainly threw up a good few of those (for non-shareholders). So who won?

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Competition Time: the ShareProphets “Bury Bad News” Christmas Sweepstake is back!

Bah! Humbug! I’m back with this year’s annual ShareProphets Bury Bad News Christmas Sweepstake. With Christmas falling on Wednesday this year, any corporate news released next week immediately falls into the no-one-is-watching o’clock category. But this competition is about bad news released on Tuesday, Christmas Eve, which companies clearly don’t want their shareholders to know.

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WPP

Believe it or not, Advertising isn't that Unpopular and this British Jumbo Should Benefit from a Growing Market

Hello, Share Swallowers. It’s not a very exciting name but WPP (WPP) is one of the biggest advertising and PR outfits in the world. That’s not bad for a company that began life in the 1970’s as Wire and Plastic Products, making shopping baskets...

Snappy American Firm Sees Users Surge and the Share Price Could Rise if it Keeps it Up

Hello, Share Checkers. Buying shares in an American company that has Facebook as a rival is a bit daunting, I suppose. But a company called Snap Inc (0RNH), still commonly known as Snapchat, seems to be doing rather well. Revenue rose by a half in the third three months of 2019. At present, it’s not profit-making or dividend-paying, but it expects to attain a profit at the end of the year...

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EZJ

A Bevy of Headwinds Could Outweigh the Tailwinds for this Budget Airline

Hello Share Twiddlers. Airlines are a difficult area for me. Not since I ditched my old British Airways shares yonks ago have I dabbled in the sector. As a pilot might say: there seem to be more headwinds than tailwinds. The budget operator easyJet (EZJ) is a company which currently performs above City expectations. But for how long?...

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BT

A Monster Divi and a Pocket-Sized PE Keep Me Loyal to BT but It's Not an Easy Call to Make

Hello, share trippers. It’s not been long since I discussed BT (BT.) on this upstanding website. However, the shares have been rising lately and, as a lot of us are in this stock for its hefty dividend, it’s perhaps appropriate to review the chances of a still chirpier price...

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Are my positive views on Imperial Brands up in smoke?

Looking back a couple of months to my appearance on Tom's radio show many of the views I expressed there have aged pretty well. Long/buy calls such as Barrick Gold (GOLD in the US) and easyJet (EZJ) have performed appropriately whilst dogs such as Metro Bank (MTRO) and Dignity (DTY) keep woofing. I remain amazed that shares in bad boy St James's Place (STJ) have so far shrugged off a bunch of disaster stories about its overcharging culture...you can guess my continued negative thoughts on that one. However, one share which I mentioned and has not behaved as I would have hoped in the last couple of months is Imperial Brands (IMB)...

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DP Poland – interims, ‘growing well’? Er…

The company with the exclusive right to develop, operate and sub-franchise Domino's Pizza stores in Poland, DP Poland (DPP) has announced results for the first half of 2019 emphasising “system sales up 10%, like-for-likes returning positive from March and more sub-franchisees in place… Appointment of General Manager in Poland”. The shares have responded towards 5.5p – er, another few percent lower…

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Why One of Britain's Oldest Techno Giants is Not My Favourite Choice Just Now

Hello, Share Savers. Some of my colleagues use Sage (SGE) for their accounts and to keep their businesses in top shape. But I’ve sometimes had doubts about the share price. Like many British technology giants, it’s faced stiff opposition from competitors.

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ITV

The Sheer Power of Momentum Could Make ITV a Reasonable Play Now

Hello, Share Minstrels. It’s not often we feature a momentum play on this scintillating website. That’s because my more learned colleagues quite rightly focus on balance sheets and other fundamental data to make their choices. They rarely consider only whether a share is actually going up or down. And maybe they’re right to leave an uptrend out of their considerations. After all, there are a lot of dozy traders in the world who can buy shares when they’re not worth it. However, the trend can be your friend...

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NXT

What's next for Next? A Healthier Share Price, Mayhap?

Hello Share Thrashers. From being sceptical about retailers being able to grow their share prices, I am beginning to change my mind. Well, for selected chains at least. One company which I think might buck a downward trend is Next (NXT)...

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ITV

Love Island Boost Adds to Prospects of a Higher Share Price for ITV

Hello, Share Swipers. On reading my annual report of ITV (ITV) a few months ago, I noted that my former lodger, Sir Peter Bazalgette, the chairman, was puzzled by the low share price. I suppose he would say that, but I think he has a point...

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Sainsbury's still searching for a strategy

The last time I talked about the shares of Sainsbury (SBRY) I concluded that the results were 'truly all over the place'. After today's update I would say the data has actually got worse…

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Saga Works Harder to Garner Customers but the Headwinds Could be Too Strong

Hello Shares Slayers. As a pensioner myself, I like to keep abreast of how a company which is known for focusing on the oldies is getting on. But the latest figures from Saga (SAGA) and the shaky outlook for the travel industry make me want to avoid these shares...

The Tray Now Standing on Platform BigDish could Head for Brighter Prospects

Hello Share Munchers. Now here’s a novel idea for the technological age. You’ve heard of Late Rooms which began as a way of filling empty hotels at the last minute. Well, BigDish (DISH) aims to perform similarly for restaurants. The company helps to fill tables at quiet times by offering quickly applied discounts...

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SSE

Headwinds Might Threaten this Gas and Electricity Giant, but the Dividend Still Has Power

Hello, Share Pushers. I suspect not many of us will be over-keen to invest in the bigger power supply companies. The headwinds are worrying. Government caps on prices, big competition from smaller and cheaper companies, fuelled by comparison websites, and the rising oil price. And we could probably think of a few more...

Redde – intra-day “Contract Update”, surely not ANOTHER disaster for Neil Woodford?!

“Accident management and legal services” company Redde (REDD) has made an intra-day (12:18pm) “Contract Update” announcement. I’m guessing this ain’t going to be good news…

WTB
WTB

Costa Goes to Coca Cola as Whitbread Eyes Up Big Profits in Germany

Hello Share Treaters. As a customer of Premier Inn hotels and not a coffee drinker in Costas, I was pleased Whitbread (WTB) has just sold its coffee places to Coca-Cola this month. Costa coffee shops always look a bit bland to me with few of the quirky attractions offered by independent purveyors. While Premier Inn hotel rooms are very reasonable and convenient in city centres. Plus, if you are a shareholder, you get two nights for the price of one at weekends.

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NG

Here's a Sparky Electric Company that Should Not Cause Any Brexit Shocks

Hello, Share Jinglers. What shares should we look at now as our break from Europe gets ever nearer? One suggestion of a big enterprise that should not be affected by the big change, whichever way it goes, is the National Grid (NG.)...

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PFC

Still Believe in the Oil & Gas Game? Take a Look at this Big Provider to the Industry

Petrofac (PFC) is a British giant I don't think I’ve touched on before. But maybe now is the time to bring this engineer and constructor which serves the oil and gas world, to your notice. For one thing, it has had new orders worth $5 billion this year. The order pipeline is bulging with $10 billion in total...

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LWB

Low & Bonar – I suggested profit warning, it reckoned greater weighting to the second half…

In April the components of a trading update from Low & Bonar (LWB) saw me note a profit warning then, surely? Instead though the company went for “expects the group's financial results to have a much greater weighting to the second half than in the prior year”. With the shares then heading towards 50p, I concluded a second half reliance amidst clear challenges sees the stock on the bargepole list. Sell. Today another trading update…

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Have I bogged up buying Kingfisher?

We all know UK retail is in a tough spot but problems for Kingfisher (KGF) are ironically not in the UK, where today's half-year numbers were correctly discussed as a 'solid performance' benefiting from continued growth at Screwfix and the self-inflicting wounds at peers that aided B&Q. The trouble is a 15% fall in underlying pre-tax profit mainly due to a 30% fall in profitability in the group's second-largest market France…

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Tesla - Musk’s Folly is Likely to Hasten the Endgame

It’s looking increasingly like Elon Musk’s go private “funding secured” tweet on the 7th August has backfired horribly as Tesla (NASDAQ - TSLA) now trades $40 below the prevailing price before he sent it. I was recently accused of confirmation bias on Tesla, i.e. of looking only at the bear case and ignoring the positives but it is difficult post-tweet to find any bullish case that holds water.

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Fusion Antibodies – from “positive outlook” to “significantly behind” expectations in little more than 5 months (& within 8 months of listing)!

A trading update from Fusion Antibodies (FAB) commences that it “announces that the company's results for the year ended 31 March 2018 will be announced on 16 August 2018. The results for FY18 are in line with current market expectations”. Hmmm – but it updated in March including “at least 40% revenue growth expected; adj EBITDA broadly in-line with expectations”, so why is the latest update needed so soon before the results announcement?...

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Office shocker by IWG (aka Regus) part 2

Take a look, if you wish, at the share price graphic of the property company IWG (IWG) - formerly known as Regus - over the last year and which is down 20% odd today. The phrase uninvestable comes to mind. Big ups, big downs and - at the end of the year - what have you got to show for it? A share price back to where it was the last time I wrote about IWG turning down a bid for its business here.

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Escape Hunt – argues “good financial performance”… but why also included “relative to the number of games rooms opened”?

A trading update from ‘escape the room’ experiences company Escape Hunt (ESC) includes “exceptional customer reviews for the three sites opened earlier this year are translating into good financial performance thus far with revenue and EBITDA contribution, relative to the number of games rooms opened, having met our expectations”. A current 114.5p share price though compares to a 135p placing price when joining AIM in May 2017…

Blue Prism Group – interims from a self-styled “global leader in Robotic Process Automation”. What sort of numbers then?

“Blue Prism (PRSM), a global leader in Robotic Process Automation, is pleased to announce unaudited interim results for the six months to 30 April 2018”. What sort of numbers is such a self-styled “global leader” delivering then?...

Saga Battles On, but I Worry about Possibly Fading Loyalty and Stiff Competition

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.

We May Not Be Able to Set Much Store on this Store's Shares Soaring

Hello, Share Magnates. As I become ever more worried about the prospects of High Street chains, I need to express concerns about Dunelm (DNLM), the household goods purveyor. For one thing, it gave a warning on May 25 that trading conditions were worse than it had expected.

Ocado valuation continues to reach even crazier heights

Ocado (OCDO) has seen a significant rise in its share price in recent weeks and seems to have gained upwards momentum, but I would question how long that will last and still see it as very expensive at this point in time.

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CNA

How a New Army of Indy Suppliers Poses a Continuing Threat to Centrica

Hello, Share Scoopers. An outfit I was once extremely loyal to, perhaps too much so, is Centrica (CNA), better known to most of us as British Gas. No longer. And if I still had the shares, they would be on my likely-to-sell-soon list.

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GNK

Is Greene King's Grass Greener Down the Grassy Road to Riches? Perhaps Not

Hello, Share Snackers. Before now, I’ve commended shares in Greene King (GNK). Eating out in pub chains is usually cheap and cheerful and ideal for treating families who don’t particularly relish gourmet food. But after seeing its latest set of figures I’ve rather changed my mind.

The Woodford Easter Quiz – Odd One Out: The Result

Thanks for the few entries to the Woodford Easter Quiz. Although a couple of people got the odd one out and for the right reason, as I expected, only one person got it right and named all sixteen companies correctly so well done KayeSeraSera (again). A chocolate gift will be winging its way to you, probably in time for Christmas! Full results below.

DEADLINE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT: Competition Time: The Woodford Easter Quiz – Odd One Out

It being a major religious festival, I thought it appropriate to serve up another Woodford-related quiz. Simple on the face of it, just tell me which of the sixteen graphs below is the odd one out and why - a full answer is required other than the obvious. A chocolate gift to anyone who can go one better than that and name all sixteen companies. To assist on one of them, the graph is pre-share consolidation earlier this year.

Woodford’s Cheltenham Festival Quiz – The Result

Thanks for all the entries – I’m pleased to be able to say “entries” this time - to my Woodford Cheltenham Festival (HERE). I’m calling it a day early as the result is clear. Read on for the winner and the choice of Cheltenham runners on which I am placing the winner’s free bet.

WPP
WPP

WPP is Arsenal

Back in August I wondered if advertising behemoth WPP's (WPP) name stood for 'What Profit Progression'. Well I got that bit correct judging by yesterday's results which were truly shabby with like-for-like full year revenue declines, a pulling back of medium-term growth hopes and rather desultory profit progression. No wonder the shares were down 8%, apparently their worst day this century. That hardly reflects the zip of the 'Mad Men' view of the advertising industry, more the drudgery of a new world where the big corporations are probing and prodding more their advertising spend.

Footasylum – what growth to expect following recent AIM listing?

I reviewed Footasylum (FOOT) on its November AIM listing being followed with a director buy announcement, concluding cautiously with the shares then at 209.5p. They would go on to commence 2018 at more than 250p, but are currently back to just over 200p…

CPR
CPR

Carpetright – “significantly behind” profit warning & what does it mean for finances?

Carpet and floor coverings retailer, Carpetright (CPR) has updated on trading for the 11 weeks ended 13th January – commencing that “trading in the important post-Christmas period has been significantly behind expectations” and also including “the severity of the decline in footfall over this key trading period and our more cautious view of the outlook for the balance of the year leads to a significant reduction in our full year expectations”. What does this mean in terms of financials?...

Quiz plc – emphasises “Strong trading across the Group's omni-channel business model”, so why a muted share price response?

“Christmas Trading Update” from Quiz plc (QUIZ) is headlined “Strong trading across the Group's omni-channel business model”, yet from a 161p per share July AIM listing and almost 190p re-reached in October, the shares are currently little changed at around 150p. Hmmm…

MRW
MRW

More Reasons to Avoid Morrisons and other British Supermarkets

Hello, Share Stackers. Of the four big British supermarkets, I have the most hope for my holding in Morrison (MRW). This is not saying much, as I think they all suffer in comparison to the cheaper prices offered by the Germans. Aldi and Lidl still attract my custom more than Tesco (TSCO) and Sainsbury (SBRY). And I know I’m not the only one. But Morrison reports a bouncy Christmas.

Quiz plc – positive interims, but what’s already in the price?

Writing last month on July AIM-listed Quiz plc (QUIZ), I noted “trading update”… but what about profit & cash? The fast-fashion womenswear company has now announced results for its half-year ended 30th September 2017…

Quiz plc – “trading update”… but what about profit & cash?

Having IPO’d on AIM at 161p per share in July, shares in fast fashion womenswear retailer Quiz (QUIZ) initially rose towards 200p before recently sliding back towards 170p. However, having announced that it would release a trading update for the six months ended 30th September on 11th October, the stock rebounded to a 187p close prior to the announcement. The following updates with it currently retreating to 180p…

EVR Holdings: Interims preview: ‘Guess the excuse for the delay’ competition

With all the “quality” companies waiting until the last possible moment at the end of next week to release their results, I thought I’d do a series of previews this week on some of my favourites starting with the “warrant exercise machine”, EVR Holdings (EVRH) where the only real unknown is what the latest excuse will be for the delayed launch of the app.

IQE
IQE

IQE Stands for I Question Everything. Why Uncle Tom is Wrong this Time

Hello, Share Cavaliers. It’s rare that I keep returning to shares I’ve commended to you. But the case of IQE (IQE) is so intriguing and knife-edge that I think it might be worth keeping under review. As I write the share is up another 6%. It has been seesawing up and down, rather alarmingly, for a few weeks now. Uncle Tom had a go at my support for this stock in a recent bearcast. He argued that the shares are hopelessly over-valued and to take profits might be the more prudent course.

AA
AA

The AA Has Rescued Itself and Now Its Share Engine Should Start

Hello, Share Twiddlers. The older ones among us may remember a great TV comedy sketch in which an AA man clashed with an RAC man. They were trying to sort things out after their respective members came head to head in a narrow lane, where only one could pass. That was in the fifties when they still made good telly. And though we no longer have quaint AA or RAC boxes by the roadside, the AA (AA.) has a powerful history, supporting a brand which is never forgotten.

James Latham – “pleased” with full-year results, but a buy?

Having last year commented on slowing growth, I note results for its year ended 31st March 2017 from panel and timber distribution company James Latham (LTHM)…

RhythmOne – argues “returns to full-year underlying profitability”, but it’s again net cash burn…

RhythmOne (RTHM) has announced results for its year ended 31st March 2017, emphasising “Returns to Full-Year Underlying Profitability led by 28% Growth of ‘Core’ Revenues”. The Income Statement though shows a significant loss and the shares have responded more than 6% lower to 45.5p. Hmmm…

CNA
CNA

Energy Caps Will Only Make Things Worse for Centrica

Hello Share Squishers. It seems fairly obvious that gas and electricity supply companies may well see slimmer share prices after all this general election talk about capping energy bills. But so far, the market has not cropped shares by very much.

Sepura – Hmmm, was that RNS really about “Competition approvals”?

It’s been an absolute roller-coaster of a week for Sepura (SEPU) which is embroiled in a drawn-out takeover saga with Hytera Communications subject to competition delays. There were a number of interesting RNS’s worth commenting on this week but one in particular has my spoof antennae whirring. Were shareholders being told the whole story?

Goodwin – 2:15pm ‘Interim Management Statement’ a cause for alarm?

Previously writing on engineering company Goodwin (GDWN) in September with the shares at 1980p, I concluded that the energy industry environment saw me cautious and avoiding the shares. They were little changed on the prior 1895p close before an “Interim Management Statement” announcement at 2:15pm. A cause for alarm?...

VLX
VLX

Volex – updates that “profitability has improved”, but what about cash generation?

Having previously concluded it understandable that they remain below 40p, I note shares in Volex (VLX) currently rising above this level on the back of a “Trading Statement” announcement…

Cloudtag Results Prize Competition - win a bottle of Red Leg Rum

For a company with revenues of exactly nil despite all the lies about guaranteed sales of $5.2 million etc, the fraud Cloudtag (CTAG) takes an awfully long time in publishing its (bound to be dire) results for the year to 30 September. If you want to win a bottle of Distil's finest Red Leg Rum then it is time to enter our Cloudtag results competition. Here is how.

The Tesco Recovery Play - and Why It Might Just Come Off

Hello Share Grinders. As I write this, I’m aware that wise Shareprophets commentator Wildrides will be sharpening his pencil to disagree. And I am not at all sure about supermarkets myself - though I still have shares in the big three home-grown ones. Looking at Morrison (MRW), Sainsbury (SBRY) and Tesco (TSCO), I think the last named is the most likely to bring us the most money from our owning the shares.

Flowgroup – “pleased to announce” update, but bailout placing to be required?

Flowgroup (FLOW) “is pleased to announce that it expects to announce its results for the year ending 31 December 2016 during May 2017. The company expects its trading results to be in line with analysts' forecasts”. Hmmm, so why are the shares currently down a further more than 8%, below 6p, having been 25p+ less than a year ago?...

VOD
VOD

Growing Competition May Curb Vodafone Shares from Ringing

Hello Share Spaders. Recently, I opined on this superlative website that BT had been over-sold in the last 12 months and was possibly cruising for a new target of 500p a throw, rather than the present sad sub-400p share price. But I’m not so confident over its rival Vodafone (VOD).

CloudTag – Lucky Competition Winner announced early!

Call me reckless but with still four weeks to go I’m calling the result of the CloudTag sweepstake, although not before having to deal with another steward’s enquiry on Race 2! Read on to find out who is going to be the proud and lucky owner of a “money-can’t-buy” present.

SHI
SHI

SIG – profit warning & ‘mutually agreed’ that CEO walks the plank…

On the back of “Trading Update” and “Directorate Change” announcements, shares in building products distributor, SIG plc (SHI) are currently more than 20% lower, heading towards 90p. Uh-oh…

GRA
GRA

Grafenia – half-year results, another profit warning ahoy!

Having last month concluded on Grafenia (GRA) that I wouldn’t want to bet on expectations being achieved and currently continue to avoid, I note the half-year results announcement sees the shares currently more than 14% lower at 7.5p…

CloudTag – Roll up, roll up, place your bets for a chance to win an incredible prize that money can’t buy

With limited recent news to ponder on CloudTag (CTAG), ignoring the constant stream of unregulated interviews for one moment, I thought I’d offer a chance to readers (and CloudTag shareholders) to have a punt and give themselves a chance to win an incredible Christmas present.

MBH
MBH

Michelmersh Brick – reckons fundamentals “strong”, but it’s a profit warning…

“We are Michelmersh Brick Holdings plc (MBH): we are ‘Britain's Brick Specialist’”. You are Michelmersh Brick Holdings plc, you’ve just issued a profit warning…

GRA
GRA

Grafenia – trading update reckons “market expectations remain achievable”. Hmmm…

Having previously reviewed Grafenia (GRA) with the shares at 9.5p in August, I note they currently 13.5% lower today, at sub 9p, on the back of a “Period End Trading Update and Notice of Results” announcement…

RIC
RIC

Richoux Group – review as shares soar on appointment of founder and former CEO of Prezzo

Shares in Richoux, Dean's Diner and Villagio restaurant group, Richoux (RIC) are currently soaring more than 40%, to above 30p (capitalising the company at approaching £28 million), on the back of a “Board Change” announcement…

IND
IND

IndigoVision – half-year results suggest potentially good value

Despite the company arguing that “results for the first half of 2016 are a strong improvement on 2015”, shares in video security systems group IndigoVision (IND) are currently more than 5% lower, at 150p, on the results announcement. Let’s take a look...

Crawshaw – following a more than 8% share price fall yesterday, a profit warning today! …

“Trading update” announcement from fresh meat and food-to-go retailer Crawshaw (CRAW) includes in the first paragraph “suppressed footfall patterns caused by a combination of the international football, adverse weather and Brexit… persisted”. Uh-oh…

GRA
GRA

Grafenia – review as shares crash back having soared in Q2

I previously wrote on Grafenia plc (GRA) on the back of a February profit warning – noting that I hope readers heeded my previous calls to sell or avoid at much higher prices than the then 8.5p and, whilst wishing new CEO Peter Gunning the best of luck, I retained that stance on the shares - see HERE. They subsequently recovered to more than 16p, but are now back at 9.5p following a recent AGM Statement...

RMG
RMG

If You Return Some Shares to Sender, You Might Post Lower Profits

Hello Share Trundlers. There are folk who think investing in Royal Mail (RMG) is doomed to failure. They point to falling numbers of letters coming through our doors and the possibility of big companies like Amazon to arrange their own deliveries.

FFX
FFX

Fair Exchange is No Robbery - in Fact, It Could Be a Fair Old Winner.

Hello Share Swiggers. It's not that long ago that I suggested you might take a look at FairFX (FFX). This is a firm which makes spending abroad a bit cheaper by allowing you to top up on card which you can use to collect spending money on foreign holidays and business trips. Companies also use its services - and they are growing impressively in number. The prepaid cash card I use is the Caxton card and I find it very useful. But FairFX has just put out a trading statement which should also make investors sit up.

STM
STM

STM Group – “Trading & Corporate Update” = Profit Warning

“Trading & Corporate Update” announcement from cross-border financial services group STM (STM) notes that “in April 2016, management took the decision to waiving the Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme establishment fee for an initial trial period of six months, with the aim of driving new client business” and that “good progress has been made in generating these new relationships”. Good, good. You what though?, “the revenues generated within the first half of the year have not matched management's expectations with regards to the level of new business anticipated from our QROPS product”

Brexit Banged the Banks - But Here Are Reasons Why They Could Bounce Back

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.

IND
IND

Why I Won't Buy Back My IndigoVision Shares

Hello Share Smashers. I sold my long-held shares in IndigoVision (IND) a couple of years ago. They’d made a big profit for me. So why did I sell?

Purplebricks – full-year results, increased loss… but Australia here it comes!

Purplebricks (PURP), the hybrid online and 'local property expert'-based estate agent, has announced results for its year ended 30th April 2016, noting that “we continue to scale and anticipate that the UK business will move into profit in the current financial year” and that it is to launch in Australia. With the shares currently slightly lower, at 130p, in response, the following reviews…

As the Shares Stop Pounding Along, You Might Consider Cashing In.

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.

Goals Soccer Centres – placing & strategic review conclusions, can it drive future growth though?

Having recently noted boardroom change aplenty but questioned trading change at Goals Soccer Centres (GOAL), the company has now announced completion of a strategic review, resulting in that “four strategic priorities have now been set”, and a 100p per share, £16.75 million (gross) placing. These are targeted to “help strengthen the group's market leading position, improve ROCE and increase value for shareholders over the longer term”. Hmmm...

QPP
QPP

Has Quindell Taken You to the Cleaners? Spot the Difference Competition

Fascinated as I am as to where Quenron (QPP) got its logo, I am indebted to an American reader who has come up with another suggestion as to where Mr 2+2 can = 5 got his inspiration from. In our latest spot the difference competition, please simply post your entries in the comments section below. Deadline midnight tonight (Friday)

MRW
MRW

A Tale of Two Checkouts – And I Choose Morrisons

Hello Share Swingers: Generally speaking, I hold no truck with silly supermarket shares. Firstly, they are boring. They go up a bit, the come down and then regain their old value. But they never seem to get anywhere.

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