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HFD
HFD

Pedal Power could Propel this Famous Retailer towards a Higher Share Price

Hello, Share Tweakers. The Iron Man contest, which involves people going to the giddy limit in cycling, running and swimming was called off in our Welsh town because of covid. But it still didn’t stop an army of serious-looking cyclists descending on us this month to go through the motions, anyway. And there’s no getting away from it that pedal-pushing is becoming more popular. Cycle tracks are appearing all over our towns and cities as commuters and shoppers move away from smelly old petrol.

CRL
CRL

The Creightons Bandwagon Has Halted but Not for Long, I Fancy

Hello, Share Thrivers. Fearful of over-egging my support for Creightons (CRL) I approach this piece with caution. As you know, it’s too easy in our crazy game to fall in love with your own shares. This can mean you see the good points and ignore the bad. But I really think there might be a buying opportunity here.

CRL
CRL

You Can't Knock Profit-Taking, but the Sells could soon Turn to Buys Again for this Budget Cosmetic King

Hello, Share Changers. As is entirely predictable, the profit-taking has begun. Creightons (CRL), the maker of household stuff, has seen its share price rise so buoyantly over the last week, that it just had to happen. I regret not selling my entire holding a few days ago, but then again I always do. And now it’s probably too late.

RMG
RMG

Internet Shopping and Labour-Saving Technology Could Help Royal Mail to Post Higher Profits

Hello, Share Pleasers. It’s hard to see how Royal Mail (RMG) could make a mess of things and not benefit from a boom in parcel sending. This family’s held its Royal Mail shares since privatisation yonks ago and at several stages along the way I’ve been wringing my hands. Not any more. Recovery and beyond has happened over recent years and has been accelerated by the bug.

CRL
CRL

The Admirable Creighton Posts Some Admirable Numbers and Still the Shares Seem Cheap

Hello, Share Passers. One of my all-time favourite companies, Creightons (CRL) which makes cosmetic fripperies and, in these times, more importantly antiseptic hand-washes, has just posted some happy full-year numbers. The share price nipped up by 10% but I don’t think that’s the last of it.

It's Raining Cats and Dogs as Pets At Home Takes Full Advantage with some Perky Ploys

Hello, Share Thrashers. As predicted here, Pets At Home (PETS) announced a bouncy yearly revenue. It’s up by nearly 9%, now standing at £1.1 billion. Not bad for a fairly new retail business. Though we should say that extra covid costs have upset the profit applecart a bit. Underlying gains before tax was a useful £87.5 million, but was still 6.4% worse than the prior year. However, as you might expect, the company is doing better week by week. And that £87.5 million is expected to grow to at least £120 million for the current full year.

RMG
RMG

Royal Mail Posts Numbers that Show it could Deliver a Better Future

Hello, Share Stitchers. Royal Mail (RMG) currently has a P/E of about 10. That’s half my usual average and suggests the stock could be a bargain. Remember gang, that this is a company which benefitted hugely from the pandemic. When you can buy few non-food goods any other way, why shouldn’t the mail bags swell.

BBY
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.

CRL
CRL

Why I Hope Bowl-Along Creightons may Not be a Penny Share for too Much Longer

Hello Share Pickers. Though I’m not a chartist fan, I do have my own system for trying to predict a share’s progress (or lack of it) by studying buy and sell patterns. One of my little ploys is to look for shares which keep on rising, not in a straight line, but in the old three steps forward and two back routine. One such share which is sending me strong signals is Creightons (CRL).

Four-Legged Boom could Help this Veterinary Giant to Take the Lead

Hello, Share Movers. There’s no doubt about it, we see more dogs around than ever. And there seems to be a cat at every window. What’s going on? Well, people facing a lonely time behind closed front doors are snapping up four-legged companions. I’ve already commended the successful Pets at Home (PETS) to you. Now allow me to bring another pet firm to your attention.

RMG
RMG

Royal Mail Posts a New Forecast that Delivers Jolly Prospects for Shareholders

Hello Share Trackers. This family has held Royal Mail (RMG) shares since the privatisation in 2013. And I don’t think we have faced better prospects for the stock than we do now. The pandemic has helped with more people buying online, as well as sending parcels to friends and relatives they can no longer visit. But even before the virus, growing numbers were buying stuff over the net.

RB
RB

Three Brains Bailey is Right - this Great British Giant Should Benefit from Continuing Safeguards in a Post Covid World

Hello, Share Strivers. I don’t think I’ve returned to Reckitt Benckiser (RB.) since the virus struck a year ago now. So let’s see if my commendation still holds. The full year figures are as encouraging as you’d expect from a company that does hygiene and health in such a big way. Like-for-like income rose by nearly 12% to £14 billion…

GHH
GHH

Gooch & Housego – “improved levels of demand”, but valuation & remuneration 'issues'?...

Gooch & Housego (GHH), a “photonic systems, components and instrumentation for applications in the Aerospace & Defence, Industrial, Life Sciences and Scientific Research sectors” company, has made a trading update noting “improved levels of demand” and “good progress streamlining our manufacturing sites”. So potentially interesting?…

The Black Horse Could Travel Even Faster Once Covid is Left Behind

Hello Share Trundlers. Ever since the big crash of 2007-8, it takes a brave bunny to suggest you look at British bank shares. But as a big holder of Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY), I’ve been heartened in the last few days at the jumps this difficult share is making. It’s all to do with the roll-out of the vaccines, of course. But is that optimism justified?

TET
TET

Making Food Glorious Food More Glorious, this Flavour King is Set to Prosper

Hello, Share Tasters. In my never-ending search for promising companies you may not have come across before, I bring you a niche outfit in the flavour and fragrance markets. Treatt (TET) makes and sells ingredients with nice smells. These include all those exotic oils and spices you get as answers to difficult quiz programmes, like University Challenge…

PSN
PSN

Persimmon's Purse Could Start to Bulge Even More as Housing Demand Builds

Hello, Share People. My rosy spectacles for the house building game continue to be in place. And today’s suggestion for your further investigation is Persimmon (PSN). Despite the fact that early in the pandemic its building sites were closed down, this giant has not been as affected as you might think.

MRW
MRW

More Reasons to Buy More Shares in Morrisons

Hello, Share Scrapers. My holding in Morrison (MRW) the supermarket is one of those stocks I wish I’d sold ages ago. After many years, I’m still nursing an 8% loss. But things are improving for it and among the four big British supermarkets it’s gaining market share. Also, with the lockdowns, sales are well up, with supermarkets staying open and still also selling unimportant stuff.

The Boom in Four-Legged Friends Puts this Perky Pet Provider on a Promising Path

Hello, Share Chasers. Such is the love we British have for our cats and dogs that the government has deemed pet shops to be essential during lockdowns. And as these isolating nuisances are set to become even more common and longer-lasting in the coming months, shops which cater for animals can only prosper while other retailers suffer. Which brings me to my favourite – in fact, my only retail recommendation. It’s Pets at Home (PETS). This family is among its appreciative customers. Its prices to feed and nurture our two cats are reasonable, the stores welcoming and the staff well-trained and exceptionally friendly…

CRL
CRL

Don't Wash Your Hands of Creightons. It Should Still Prosper After the Vaccines have Done their Work

Hello, Share Shooters. Most of those Covid bandwagon jumpers could possibly see dips in share prices now that vaccines are on the way. So how will Creightons (CRL) fare in the virus’s dying days? Well, I expect to see the share price rise. And here’s why…

This Insulin Pioneer with Market Share is Worth a Look as Diabetes Cases Rise

Hello, Share Gatherers. I’ve covered Novo-Nordisk (0QIU) before but it now seems to me even more likely to be a reasonable addition to our portfolios. We all know that diabetes is terribly common. Many of your friends and relatives will have the condition. Novo Nordisk makes half the world’s insulin. So you can see the scale of demand for Novo products. And sadly it’s only likely to grow…

Wet, Wet, Wet is the Name of the Game for this Fast-Rising Watery Wizard

Hello, Share Swampers. One share which inconveniently fell on my commendation, but which has stormed back is Water Intelligence (WATR). Though listed on the London Stock Exchange, it has the advantage of doing most of its business across the Pond where companies have not been as virus-smashed as they are here. Currently, the share is at a record high above 450p compared to a virus low towards 250p. It has a market capitalisation of £77 million…

ABF
ABF

Food and Clothing is All You Really Want as Associated British Foods Shares Prepare to Recover

Hello, Share Minders. There are some companies that you feel are more likely to withstand any disasters thrown at them, including the virus. One such firm is Associated British Foods (ABF), which has the cost-cutting clothing high street stores Primark and a food supply bit…

MRW
MRW

More Reasons to Look at Morrisons

Hello, Share Pals. It’s hard to see why supermarkets are not scorching ahead during this pandemic. They’re among the few retail operations that have stayed open throughout and so competition for non-food items has been very weak…

American Water Shortages further boost the Share Price of this British Leak Blaster

Hello, Share Baggers. A sad story of the moment is all those folks in Oregon who’ve lost their homes and their possessions. Could you live with that? The tragedy will focus minds on the value of water in that beleaguered state and its neighbour California. The shortage of rainfall over there has caused fires to spread and destroy.

DGE
DGE

Diageo's Sales Drop But the Drinks Giant Should Soon Be Back on its Sturdy Feet

Hello Share Mates. There is evidence that companies that sell a good time, like cinemas, leisure centres and drinks firms do better when times are difficult. It’s all to do with consolation. But thanks to the virus, that no longer really applies to the first two. However, Diageo (DGE), the famous drinks purveyor, could soon be back on its very sturdy feet…

Anyone Fancy a Danish? This Nordic Medical Jumbo Should Prosper as Diabetes Cases Grow

Hello, Share Munchers. It was never going to be long before this old fan of pharmaceutical outfits returned with another medical recommendation for you to look into. My choice today is Novo-Nordisk (0QIU), some of its shares being listed in London. As you might expect the virus has had little impact on this Danish company which focuses on the treatment of diabetes.

A Boring Name Should Not Put You off Looking into this Go-Ahead Technology Wizard

Hello, Share Tasters. This old punter has a mild prejudice against firms called by a set of initials or numbers which tell us nothing about them. A prime example is the unattractively named D4T4 Solutions (D4T4). What does this outfit do, you might ask? Well, it’s a technology outfit that operates customer data platforms. These are software gizmos that gather data from customers to help them and businesses they deal with...

G4M
G4M

Gear4music Soars as Lockdown Victims Look for Something to Do. And the Boom Could Last Beyond the Virus

Hello, Share Swappers. One of my less successful tips redeemed by the epidemic - and there have been a few - is Gear4Music (G4M). Its online sales are booming. When I first bought shares in this company the share immediately saw a big fall. But the red number turned to blue, even before the virus struck...

CRL
CRL

Don't Wash Your Hands of Creightons, Business Could Boom Even More

Hello, Share Followers. Not only do I feel a bit uncomfortable about recommending virus-led shares, but I also sense many of you are a bit tired of companies with various claims to tackle the crisis. However, one outfit, which is already improving the situation, seems to have dropped out of the news recently. And as usual, when that happens the share price has fallen away slightly...

This Finance Planner With a Sparkling Record of Making Money Should Recover from the Virus Faster than Most

Hello, Share Diggers. Like most companies in the financial world, my choice for your further investigations today has had a scary ride over the last four months. Perhaps more than most. AFH Financial Group (AFHP) has a nationwide network of more than 200 independent financial advisers whom it helps to plan financial goals for clients. It has 12 offices nationwide and £6 billion in funds under management...

Tesco Seems to Be Benefitting from the Lockdown - But Is It?

Hello, Share Tickers. Tesco (TSCO) has turned in some encouraging news but I still feel uneasy about my bunch of shares. The main reason is prosaic – I continue to be shocked at the difference in the bill size between Tesco and my supermarket of choice, Aldi. Why can’t the home-grown supermarkets compete with the prices at Aldi and Lidl? I sometimes see Tesco and Sainsbury (SBRY) to be rather short of customers whereas Aldi is often buzzing. The sturdier queues in my part of the world at least are noticeable...

HFD
HFD

The Line of Travel for this Cycle King Looks Better and Better

Hello, Share Plungers. One of my tips at the much-acclaimed Shareprophets online show earlier this month was the cycling king Halfords (HFD). In the past, I’ve cast doubt on this venerable company’s prospects. It is a 'high street retailer', after all. But that was before the virus struck and now everything has changed for this company...

SPX
SPX

So that's why this Adaptable Engineer has Held On to its High Share Price

Hello, Share Gatherers. The share price of one of my babies Spirax-Sarco (SPX) has held up in the virus crisis. I wondered why, and think I’ve found the reason...

TET
TET

This Foodie Flyer Shouldn't Be Damaged by the Virus. Not at all!

Hello, Share Pickers. Here’s a company you may not have researched before. But it’s not likely to suffer because of the virus crisis. In fact, it seems to be picking up business since the lockdown. It’s a firm which supplies food outlets with important ingredients and flavours. And we all know that supermarkets and other food shops have stayed open during the pandemic...

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On a rough day on the markets...don't buy Bunzl

A rough day in the markets as worries about the coronavirus, supply chains and much else linger. If you noted my call that sub thirty quid was a potentially interesting level for Carnival (CCL), I guess today is the day for acquiring a few. Naturally, I will be joining... but onto something more boring…

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Fresh Food Firm could Prosper as Food Inflation Seems to be in Check

Hello, Share Cashers. There’s a perception that fresh food companies will have a hard time of it as a growing population forces up prices. It’s called food inflation. But the fear seems overdone, especially for big nosh producers that try to deal in what customers really want. As a long time vegetarian, I keep a close eye on food companies that avoid meat and fish. And as vegans are a fast-growing army, I imagine that meatless firms will probably go from strength to strength. Which brings me to today’s choice...

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Nichols – shares slump as 2019 anticipated to be “in line with market expectations”, but 2020…

Soft drinks company Nichols (NICL) has updated including it is “pleased with… performance… sales in both the UK and International businesses are ahead of 2018… we currently anticipate full year profit before tax to be in line with market expectations”. The shares have currently responded to around 1500p… more than 12% lower!...

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CRL

Crikey Creightons! How Your Shares Keep Creeping Up

Hello, Share Minders. Amid the mild gloom surrounding the stock market, there are still a few golden firms that quietly continue to reward us with rising share prices. One such company is Creightons (CRL). It makes stuff we put in our shopping bags, even though we can do without it. Like fake tanning lotions and car deodorants. The share price has soared by nearly 50% since October 7th...

WPP
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...

Time to Sell Tesco, Mayhap, After a Good Run

Hello, Share Creepers. Tesco (TSCO) shares have bounded ahead this year. So I think I might sell my holding now. I was shopping in Morrison (MRW) yesterday - in which I also hold stock - and I found the shopping environment there rather better than my local Tesco branch...

IMB
IMB
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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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LSE
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I shockingly agree with Vince Cable on the London Stock Exchange

I put my hands up and admit there are some companies about which I just cannot get my head around their share valuation. One of these is the London Stock Exchange (LSE) which - from the perspective of its share price appreciation over recent years - has performed rather well. Yes, I get the natural monopoly angle and some well-timed expansions into different markets and different products, but a x54 P/E and a measly 0.5% dividend yield are starting metrics that indicate...enthusiasm rather than value. And then, of course, there are the range of critiques that this website has highlighted for example, here. Anyhow, back to me and Vince…

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You Might Not Want to Give EMIS a Miss as Demand by Doctors Might Soar

Hello Share Movers. As I've opined before, doctors surgeries are becoming fuller as we get older and more frail. Also, I suspect many of us are not as stoic as our ancestors and go running off to the quack for the slightest thing. All this extra pressure on your GP means that they look for ways to speed things up. Enter EMIS Group (EMIS), a company I've commended before...

Malcolm-On-Motorcycle

Listen to Your PE Instructor - a Low Count Isn't Always Good News.

Hello, Share Diviners. Those of you brave enough to read this modest column from time to time, may discern that I am a fan of the PE - which is short for the price-to-earnings ratio. This, of course, is established by dividing the share price by annual earnings for each share.

As Fevertree's Current Share Price Fails to Fizz, You might Want to Look Elsewhere

Hello, Share Tailors. After supporting Fevertree Drinks (FEVR) quite heavily in earlier days on this magnificent website, I eventually got cold feet at the constant rocketing of the share. Overly confident that what goes up must come down, I sold my holding far too early. Never mind, a profit is a profit – and without trying to sound like a case of sour grapes, I would not buy the stock now...

EMIS Gets Clean Bill of Health Due to your Doctor's Reliance on Computers

Dear Share Trenders. We all know that family doctors are under increasing pressure with an ageing population and unhealthy lifestyles, as well as better treatments which are thankfully keeping more folk alive for longer. It follows therefore that a company which helps GPs manage their surgeries and keep their medical records will probably do well...

GNK
GNK

Fierce Competition Could Curb the Ambition of Jolly Greene King

Hello, Share Counters. Some time ago now I commended jolly Greene King (GNK) to your further scrutiny, but now I’m not so sure. I probably wouldn't buy shares in the big pub/caterer today. The latest figures - full year up towards the end of April 2019 - are rather disappointing...

Vesuvius's Share Price Could Erupt Again as We Already See the Flames of Progress

The company Vesuvius (VSVS) may have an ear-catching name, but it does something rather boring. Metal flow engineering doesn't set the heart racing, which is possibly why such a fancy name was chosen. Never mind, boring often translates to overlooked in Shareland...

IMI
IMI

Picking a Firm Which Blows Hot and Cold Isn't Usually Wise, but Supporting this UK Engineer Might Be

Hello, Share Crunchers. In line with my oft-quoted policy of favouring companies which do boring things - and so are often below the radar - I offer for your consideration IMI (IMI). This Birmingham engineer is described as a ‘flow control specialist’...

The Prospects of this Profitable Animal Looker-Afterer Could Be More Understandable than its Name

Hello, Share Carriers. Despite having one of the most tautological names on the stock market, Pets at Home (PETS) seems to be on the right track for a higher share price (tautology, of course, is saying the same thing twice and where else would you have your pets, but at home?)...

SPX
SPX

As Spirax-Sarco Steams Ahead, It Looks Like Time for Me to Climb Back on Board

Hello, Share Crumblers. Three or four years ago, I sold all this family’s shares in the big engineer Spirax-Sarco (SPX). The reason was that the company had such a long good run, improving year after year, that I thought that all good things come to an end. However, the outfit has since gone from strength to strength. Typical!...

CPG
CPG

Compass Heads North Yet Again as Interim Results Move in the Right Direction

Hello Share Chargers. There’s one stable contributor to my portfolio which I will probably stick with through thick and thin. However its interim results incline me to think that ‘thick’ will reign for some time yet. Compass Group (CPG) is one of the biggest caterers in the world...

The Legal Sharpens its Talons Towards Firms which Don't Meet its Standards

Hello, Share Spookers. My old favourite Legal & General (LGEN) is making the news. It has a policy which could energise the share price. The company is taking action it hopes will curb global warming...

EVR
EVR

The Steel Comeback Might Turn Shares in this Giant into a Shiny Opportunity

Hello Share Pilers. Do you fancy investing in a steel company? Ok, I sense some resistance here. In recent years the steel industry has suffered. But it’s making a comeback, mainly because many countries, including the USA and Blighty, are committed to building up their roads and other examples of infrastructure...

GVC
GVC
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I still don't understand why GVC's CEO and Chair dumped so many shares...

I wailed and gnashed my teeth over betting behemoth GVC (GVC) a month or so ago after the company's CEO and Chair dumped a bunch of shares just days after an excellent results publication...which they also loved up in print and voice at the time. Throw in the terse regulatory news statement and correctly the stock dumped afterwards and has not yet recovered. Moving aside from the satanic aspects of selling shares at 666p (and the CEO having 666,666 shares left!), today's trading update represents the start of a rebuilding phase for the company with UK market investors...

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LPA
LPA

LPA Group – “work load for the second half and the medium term potentially very pleasing”, but…

LED lighting and electro-mechanical systems group LPA (LPA) is a former tip, though one which was sold on the N50 website at 107p last summer as it noted “successive changes in Government procurement policy have impacted domestic supply chains for both new and refurbished trains and there is increased competition in our Asian markets”. The shares would later fall below 100p and closed yesterday at 103.5p before today an “AGM Trading Update”

AHT
AHT

All Eyes Are on this Tool Hire Giant's Latest Numbers in America

Hello, Share Twizzlers. My old friend Ashtead (AHT), the tool and plant hire company, is back on track again. So, after a three-year absence during which the share soared and plummeted, I may crawl back on board again...

Yes, I Keep Discussing it, but the Legal has Landed Again on the Right Side of Share Progress

Hello Share Masters. Today I return to an old favourite because its value continues to rise in the sea of our biggest companies, which is pretty choppy at the mo. But Legal & General (LGEN) continues to put on weight on an almost daily basis. The share has now put on a fifth of its December value - which is substantial progress for a jumbo stock...

SN
SN

Smith and his Nephew Who Keep People on their Feet Do the Same for the Share Price

Hello, Share Followers. It’s a sad fact of life that knee and hip replacements seem very common at the moment. I bet you know a few senior citizens who’ve just had it done. The growing surge of diabetes is also taking its toll on our legs. A company which focuses on artificial joints and limbs is Smith and Nephew (SN.)...

REL
REL

This Niche Company Does the Appliance of Science and Could Be Worth a Look

Hello Share Chunkers. Sometimes it pays to look at companies which seem to do what few other outfits provide. In other words, a niche company. There’s a perception that niche firms need to be small. But that’s not so with today’s choice for your further consideration.

RRS
RRS
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Should my bromance with Randgold Resources continue?

You always have to watch your biases in the world of investment. There are some shares or sectors that for personal, historical or other exogenous/endogenous reasons you just love or hate. Regular readers will know that Randgold Resources (RRS) has been one of my structural favourites for many a long year, with the stock one of my largest (and most successful) holdings during the final part of my institutional fund management career, contributing to outperformance and the like.

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BT

Dial into this Bruised Telecoms Giant and You may Ring Up a Ting-a-ling Profit

Hello, Share Twangers. A share which has given me a lot of pain, though (thankfully) I don’t think I’ve recommended it to you very much, is a telecoms giant which has seen better days. In fact, under two years ago the shares touched a fiver. Nowadays, they are less than three quid. But analysts at Barclays have just repeated their fairly long-standing target of 450p, which would cancel a big chunk of my loss.

WPP
WPP

Does WPP stand for 'What Profit Progression'?

Too many years ago to remember as a fledgling analyst and junior portfolio manager, I was told by an old hand that 'WPP is the company with the greatest correlation to the FTSE-100'. I have no idea - nor the boring Excel skills - to say whether this is true but the notion that the world's largest advertising company should broadly share the same ups and downs as the very international main UK market index makes quite a bit of sense.

IQE
IQE

It's Nearly Always Best to Sell After a Big Jump, So Why Can't I Do it? Ref IQE

Hello, Share Twiggers. Probably the hardest decisions we have to make as diligent share shifters is when to sell a big winner. Because even the strongest share can reach a point where it is overbought. It may continue to defy gravity for some time, but what goes up too far must come down.

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.

Has Lloyds Time Come at Last? Well, It's on the Right Track

Hello Share Planters. Here I am again, risking a commendation to look at the shares of one of the major British banks. This time Lloyds (LLOY) seems to me a worthwhile proposition. I am heavily over-exposed to this lot, so I personally hope so.

PRU
PRU

Higher Hopes for the Man from the Pru

Hello Share Troopers. I’ve long been a fan of British insurance giants. They are a chance to invest in the fast-moving financial world without too much fear of heavy fines and compensation payments for mis-selling and so on. Though, of course, there is an element of that.

SRE
SRE

A British Bulldog Called Sirius Which Should Benefit from Brexit

Hello Share Slicers. If you've visited Germany in the last few years, as I have, you’ll be impressed by the prosperity which swirls around the place. People driving posh cars, while smartly dressed (compared to Blighty anyway where the standard is admittedly exceptionally low). There is a fully-listed British property company which has a load of business parks in Germany - including the prosperous cities of Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich. It is doing them up to attract bigger rents.

NG
NG

Is National Grid Undervalued, As Power Prices Rise in the USA?

Hello Share Finders. One of the more stable shares in my bag is becoming even more favourable to this old punter, given the current uncertainties of the world economy and that it has not really kept up with the rising Footsie.

ZYT
ZYT

Look at the Techno Wizard which Kicks 'Don't Touch' Signs into Touch

You’ve probably guessed already that I mostly prefer future prospects to past performance when assessing if a share should attract my hard-earned. Thus a balance sheet is of interest to me - but not quite as much as a bit of old-fashioned imagination when trying to second guess if a service or product will fly in the next few years.

As Insurance Shares Boom, Why Not Look At Legal and General

Hello Share Smashers. With the Footsie once again pushing into a new all-time record, it is perhaps time to re-visit an old favourite of mine.

RMV
RMV

Rightmove Might Not Be the Right Move for Share-Shifters at the Mo

Hello Share Swipers. Though I think house sales will remain sturdy, despite the doubters, I am not so sure about internet estate agents. Rightmove (RMV) is one of those companies which you expect to do well for shareholders as internet house-selling seems to be gaining in popularity. But a popular service is not automatically such a good investment.

Picture Giant's Share Price Frames Itself Again. Now for some More Northerly Action

Hello Share Squirmers. There was a rather unnerving fall for shares in Photo-Me (PHTM) in the middle of last month. It was based on a scare story that the quality needed for official id photos could be provided by mobile phones and so could be something of a challenge in the future for automatic photo machines.

This Share Has Got Life, Jim - but Not as Tom Knows it

Hello Share Puddlers. I’ve previously commended to you the outer space firm of Inmarsat (ISAT). It sends satellites up there to help with mobile phone signals in difficult places, like Everest. It also provides navigation for ships and planes.

ITV
ITV

With Advertisers Viewing the Economies of Scale, ITV's Shares Should Continue to Light your Screen

Hello Share Pluggers. I’ve held my ITV (ITV) shares since Noah went to youth club. And though I’ve seen a horrible dive or two, the shares had been climbing back strongly for at least five years now.

Look at This Big Supply Firm Which Likes to Get Bigger

Hello Share Scrapers. Already this week, I’ve brought to your notice DCC (DCC), a Footsie distribution giant. I’m so cheerful about the sector, I bring you another one which is also in the big 100 club.

DGE
DGE

Drink, Drink, Drink to Diageo Shares

Hello Share Trudgers. I’m going to suggest again you look at Diageo (DGE), one of the world’s biggest drinks companies. If you look at your FaceBook pages, you’ll see snaps of loads of friends and relatives, leering with a drink in their hands.

SFR
SFR

A Possible Way to Cash in on the Word of the Year - 'Infrastructure'

Hello Share Switchers. The big word of the moment is ‘infrastructure’. Part of Big Donald’s election victory was his promise to make zillions of new American jobs by launching a big infrastructure improvement programme.

The Great Divi Hunt Continues with Phoenix Group

Hello Share Snafflers. Well, it seems the old Footsie has called a halt to its record-breaking run into ground-breaking highs. Does this surprise anyone? Of course not. What keeps on going up has to come down. So it’s possibly time to pause in our headlong rush to find shares which put on capital value. Let’s instead turn once again to an ever-important part of the armchair tycoon’s income - the dividend.

ITV
ITV

Robin Hood, the Eleven Plus and the Chance of a Better Picture for ITV

Hello Share Swipers. Though it horrifies me to think of it, I first watched independent television when I was cramming for my eleven plus. It was at my uncle’s house, as we couldn’t afford a new telly to take the second channel and it must have been sixty years ago. Robin Hood was on.

FSJ
FSJ

Not a Famous Frog - But a Firm Whose Share Price Might Leap

With the oil price rising nicely, it’s a reasonable time to look at a company which always reminds me of that famous frog in Beatrix Potter. You remember Jeremy Fisher? Well, today’s company is also involved in water: James Fisher (FSJ), a marine engineering giant with interests in the oil and gas world.

BME
BME

Santa Could Come Early to This Glittering Store as Its Shares Might Fly

Hello Share Scramblers. While its beginning to look a lot like Christmas, B&M (BME) the cheapie store is beginning to look like a reasonable punt to me. The full name is B&M European Retail, by the way.

AGK
AGK

How Aggreko Could Electrify the Power Game

Ho Ho Ho, Share Packers Aggreko (AGK) is a company which I’ve featured recently. And since then, I think the story has got a little better.

NG
NG

The Big Grid Could Light Up its Shares on Electric Cars, a Cold Winter and Other Power Guzzlers

Hello Share Geeks. In a very recent survey of the most popular companies in which people are currently buying shares, National Grid (NG.) came in the top ten. 

DGE
DGE

Here Comes Diageo, Riding Down Santa Rally Lane

Hello Share Sprinters. Are you ready for Christmas? Thought not. Even more important: are you geared up for the Santa rally?

Why I'm Not Getting Busy with the Fizzy

Hello Share Casters. Being rather proud of my stick-like figure, I’ve entered the habit of avoiding fizzy drinks. This was hard as I have a passion for dandelion and burdock and ginger beer. It’s the government’s attitude to sugary drinks that has put me off an old favourite share of mine, Britvic (BVIC). Normally I would commend this share to your attention.

DC
DC

Dixon Carphone Merger Pays Off, So Could the Shares Rise by a Third?

Hello Share Bashers. Selling computers and phones and big screen television sets has not been easy. In recent years, quite a few stores have disappeared from our high streets and out of town shopping centres.

Talk Talk Share May Not Rise Rise

Hello Share Twirlers. The broadband and phone company TalkTalk (TALK) is not a share I would buy at the moment. And that’s a pity because I think someone needs to break the dominance BT (BT.A) seems to have on the market. Strong competition has always kept fees for broadband from being extortionate, and we can’t afford a shrinking market.

AGK
AGK

Aggreko Could Generate a More Electrifying Share Price

Hello Share Crunchers. I’ve made an awful lot of gelt out of a firm which is mainly known for hiring out electricity generators. But it is a few years since I decided that the share price of Aggreko (AGK) had motored beyond its prospects, and I dumped the lot.

CCC
CCC

Computing Computacenter Prospects, the Share Has a Good Chance of Going Up

Hello Share Shufflers. I don’t much like the name of the firm Computacenter (CCC). This is because of a prejudice I have against titles based on misspellings and particularly companies which use ‘center' instead of ‘centre.’ But that is just little old pedantic me.

Super Investors Might Find a Super Investment in Moneysupermarket.com

Hello Share Squeezers. I’ve been having fun lately trying to get cheaper car insurance. You know how it is - the renewal quote is always a heck of a lot more than your current policy. Though they always forget to remind you what you first paid.

UU
UU

Up the United! The Big Utility Shares Should Float Back Up

Hello Share Troopers. United Utilities Group (UU.) is Britain’s biggest water supplier. But the shares have fared worse than most this month. And while many Footsie giants have recovered after the Brexit vote, this stock which rose sharply after the vote is now dragging its feet. Yet there is no important reason to single it out as a loser, in my humble opinion.

Prefer Emerging Markets to the Developed World? Ashmore Could Give You More

Hello Share Munchers. I’m quite a fan of investment in emerging markets. My main reason is that they have room to grow as poverty-prone populations become, well, a bit less poverty-prone. I suppose I’m mainly thinking about India and China. Together with many African countries which are not doing at all badly, despite common perceptions to the contrary.

IAG
IAG

Up and Away with British Airways (International Consolidated)? Perhaps Not.

Hello Share Hammerers. I cashed in my British Airways shares before the price of aviation fuel crashed. This timing error cost me a lot of money. And you probably agree with me that selling just before a share price leap is probably the nastiest feeling a share shifter can experience.

Pig

Thanks to Greed, Our Shares Should Continue to Blossom.

Hello Share Masters. There is so much gloomy comment among the City ‘experts’ these days that I really think it’s reasonable to again put the other side. The Footsie continues to push towards all time highs, so it’s all too obvious that the market is not in step with the pundits. 

SMS
SMS

Metering May Be Boring - But There's an Electrifying Market Out There for SMS

Hello Share Pitchers. Some interesting plays can be in the field of new technology which tends to take a back seat. I’m not talking about high profile improvements in mobile phones and computers, but the grey areas, like helping firms do their admin work, such as billing, more efficiently. A company which really has a big market to go at here is Smart Metering Systems (SMS). It owns and supplies new-fangled, money-saving electricity and gas meters. A million of them, to be exact.

ALD
ALD

Aldermore Seems Oversold and Could Give You More

Hello Share Chimps. If you are a saver, the latest drop in interest rates is a bummer. How can you achieve anything like decent returns for your cash? Spend it on shares, of course. While you get nothing from your ordinary savings, you can still get up to 6% and even more by holding the right stock.

SN
SN

A Few Reasons Why Smith and his Nephew Might Cure our Share Blues.

Hello Share Touchers. The medical world is going to keep on expanding as new cures and treatments come on the market in the wake of huge scientific advances these days. I once wrote articles for a big global company on efforts to defeat the common cold. I also wrote a popular book on the subject, called Attishoo.

GAW
GAW

War is No Game - But This One Is, and You Could Win. At Least in the Short Term.

Hello Share Swiggers. Games Workshop (GAW) make tiny figures for the war gaming industry. The name Warhammer might be familiar to you. The very imaginative little warriors can be found in specialist shops in many a high street. The firm also makes Hobbit figures. To say that the Hobbit is popular with our young folk is an understatement.

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.

Uncle Tom Thinks I'm Wrong. But He's Not Right.

Hello Share Twiners. If I am an optimistic bull as far as shares are concerned, then at least I am sometimes right. The current elevation of the Footsie, as it approaches 7,000 again, bears me out. Those who predicted a suicidal Footsie after Brexit were wrong. Many shares are simply blistering ahead, and show no reals signs of fizzling out. Yet Uncle Tom has just said in his bearcast that I am plain wrong to be so bullish.

ARM
ARM

Might Be Worth Chancing Your Arm Again.

Hello Share Perishers. When choosing a company which you really want to pay its way then you need one that is very, very likely to make more money year by year. Just one year when profits are not as happy as the one before is a warning sign. One British success story that is expected to accelerate profits from now in is Arm Holdings (ARM).

JE
JE

Ben Turney’s share tip for 2015 - sell Just Eat @ 319p

I first covered Just Eat (JE.) at the start of December. Three of the company’s founding investors had just sold £139million worth of their holdings, through a discounted placement. This looked like a not so tacit admission that they saw limited further upside for the stock and were very keen to reduce their exposure.

Idox plc – do broker’s numbers support my view?

Following an announcement from provider of software and services to the public sector and asset intensive industries, Idox plc (IDOX) that it has signed a $4.08 million contract with “an American multinational energy corporation”, the company's broker, N+1 Singer, has updated its view on the company. Does this support mine?

XAR
XAR

Xaar plc – profit warning drives lower, Edison updates its view

Following another profit warning last week, shares in inkjet printing technology company Xaar plc (XAR) continued to fall – closing the week at 420p. I update in the following with them now having nudged slightly higher towards 423p and on the back of an update from researcher Edison.

Try Impellam 1-2-3. The Jobs Train Is On the Move Again.

Hello Share Shunters: Let me see if I can interest you in a firm called Impellam Group (IPEL). They are in the job recruitment game. This was not a booming business in the long, dark period after the Credit Crunch. With no jobs going how could you make a crust when nobody was taking on anybody? But things are better now, with many more spare jobs, even if many of them are not paying quite as well as they used to.

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SpreadBet Pick: what next for the FTSE100?

My recent call on buying the rising FTSE100 at 6,644 has been a very good one. Although the German and American markets didn’t fall far enough to trigger my entry targets for the DAX or Dow, within the space of a fortnight, Britain’s main index rose through its target and jumped over 100 points. Once again the MIDAS Method has proved itself to be a superb indicator. However, with the FTSE100 now trading at 6,759, the question is can it make a push on that obstinate all time record? Better yet, can it finally break through 7,000?

More Croda at 2106p.

The best laid plans of mice and men will often go astray. That’s another way of saying that investment portfolios need the diversity of about twenty shares to take account of the unexpected; both bearish and bullish. I note, with a heavy heart, the dismal performance of Croda International, a share that I last gazed upon in December 2013, after it had undergone a 15% decline in its share price to 2430p. To be kind to my bruised discernment, the share price did subsequently gain 7% to above 2600p by May 2014 (a decent rate of capital gain in five months), when all seemed to be going to expectations. Since then the share price has collapsed; last seen, the shares were 2106p 20% below last month’s peak and 14% below the last December price. 

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