Keyword results: yield

CWK
CWK
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Cranswick is about much more than just sausages: BUY

I will leave others to talk about the joke that is AO World (AO.) which – after today’s return of losses, more debt and a messy outlook – should change its advert to ‘A..O…let’s not go’. I thought this one was overvalued at the time of the IPO,more than 5 years ago but, after it regained that level during the early COVID-19 days, shares in the electrical retailer have correctly fallen over 75% year-to-date. It is a very clear avoid to me so I move onto something far more sensible…

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HFD
HFD
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Halfords is doing alright (despite a volatile recent share price)

Back in September I observed about Halfords (HFDthat ‘despite the slowdown in its cycling business, I would buy it sub 310p’, which was about the then share price. Judging by this morning’s just over 310p share price, we are back to about the same level. That is not however to say there has been no changes, after all the stock is up over 10% this morning. Hence Halfords shares have had a rather mixed couple of months before today. So what is going on?

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DCC
DCC
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Still a buyer of DCC, lover of Rolls-Royce and bored by Direct Line

If you are reading this and are a good day trader then I congratulate you. I reckon I am a pretty useless day trader, but fortunately that I am a little bit better when I look at prospects for a company over the next 6-24 months. And naturally that makes me all excited about earnings season, corporate updates and the like. It is a bit sad but it works for me and loads of stuff is happening today, not that you can immediately tell by the almost unchanged move of the FTSE 100 this morning.

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Buy a Vimto drink rather than shares in Nichols

Have you ever had a can of Vimto? I do now and again and you can find it in most supermarkets here. Anyhow, the company behind the soft drink is Nichols (NICL), which itself was formed back in 1908 in the Scottish town of Shortridge (although now it is based in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside). Today, sales are around 80% in the UK with the balance in the Middle East and (growing) in Africa. It is interesting to read today that full year 2021 profits are expected to be ahead of current market expectations, which is not too shabby given that, whilst UK sales were up 4.5%, elsewhere in the world growth was up over 36%.

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BT
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Nice to see BT shares back above 150p...and more to come

Back in June I observed that BT Group (BT.A) might have been floated in the 1980s but if you have been holding shares since then it has not exactly been a fantastic run. The company is having to change along with the world of telecommunications and I hold some shares because – in my opinion – the CEO Philip Jansen may have a good idea or two. The trouble is evolving a business can take time and cost a lot of money.

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Busy Thursday...but spot the differences between DS Smith and Lloyds Bank

Thursday is always a busy day for investors and this week is certainly no different. It’s all good fun! I was pleased to see a short update from one of my top five pension holdings DS Smith (SMDS) – the packaging-focused business I previously wrote on HERE and which has made me good returns over the last 18 months.

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CEY
CEY
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Centamin – Q3 Report Again Shows All Is On Track: BUY For the Yield, The Upside Is In For Free

Fully-listed Egyptian Gold miner Centamin (CEY) has this morning released its Q3 report and the good news is that, once again, all is on track. Guidance remains in place, with a couple of positive tweaks – and that suggests the dividend is safe. Indeed, it is possible that it could increase from guidance.

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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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More progress by Barratt Developments and Vertu Motors

I am quite impressed today by two names that I do not own but probably should. That’s life in the investment world sometimes (actually quite often). But the key is to keep on looking.

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GRG
GRG
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Hello an excitable rest of 2021, 2022 and beyond – re. ScS and Greggs

As a famous Led Zeppelin song once observed: “if it keeps on rainin’, levee’s goin’ to break”. Such is life in a world of higher government debt levels and (in many cases) excitable equity valuations and exceptionally low bond yields. That is not a combination which continues, in other words you have to keep very active with your stock selection (and general investment allocation). I am certainly confused about some of today’s results from the UK market.

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Same old, same old ‘not cheap but quality’ at Next plc

Back in July I observed that Next plc (NXT‘shares might not be cheap but they are quality’. Since then the stock has traded either side of an £80 share price, including being up 2% today after the publication of H1 numbers. With all the challenges for the clothes sector, you have had plenty of opportunities to buy Next shares over the last five years at a 40 quid or below share price. The share price this year though has been nicely above the previous all-time highs in late 2015 when the world was a different place for all of the biggest clothing names. Whatever happened to most of them?! Next has always been a bit different.

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Good news for both easyJet and Smiths Group shareholders

I may not have been on a plane since January 2020 but I still like easyJet (EZJ) shares and was pleased to read earlier today on the ‘31 for 47 rights issue of 301m New Shares at 410p per New Share…valid acceptances representing approximately 93.0%’. Whilst most money raisings will induce volatility, earlier this month I wrote about how I backed this deal. Frankly, I am amazed that 7% of investors failed to do this. That’s their mistake in my view. Easyjet remains a buy for me. I might even get the chance to travel on one of its planes over the next year. Also earlier this year I talked about looking for the opportunities to buy the ‘British multinational diversified engineering business’ Smiths Group (SMIN) when its shares fell below £15.

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PZC
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Is PZ Cussons a bad day buy?

I was a little bit busy yesterday and therefore could not write about the potential Stagecoach (SGC) and National Express (NEX) combination, as Tom noted HERE. Another time then for me rambling on about the reasons why the last decade or so has seen the latter go from being the hunter to the hunted. Meanwhile as for the Conservative Party Conference next month…I guess I could have gone but I will be too busy washing my hair. There is always another year I guess. It has been far from a boring week in the markets and certainly there are a couple of names that did report yesterday that I will add a few thoughts on over the next few days. Today however I want to talk about PZ Cussons (PZC).

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I am still avoiding FeverTree

In March I observed that “I’m still not buying the stock – or drinking the product – of Fevertree (FEVR)” HERE. The one line view is that nothing has changed and (interestingly given the general market movements over the last few months) the share price is about the same level as it was about six months ago. Whilst the latter sounds dull – especially as the dividend yield is still under 1% – it has not been a disaster given the volatility in some other share prices. The challenge for Fever-Tree however remains its c. x40 EV:EBIT multiple for the full year, around double the level of underlying operating earnings growth. As always, it depends on what you pay for forward growth potential.

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ABF
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Is Associated British Foods cheap or boring?

Associated British Foods (ABF) is a FTSE 100 name that is ‘a diversified international food, ingredients and retail group with sales of £13.9 billion, 133,000 employees and operations in 53 countries across Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia’. It has been years and years since I last owned the shares and despite it being a very diversified business with Grocery (Twinings and Ovaltine), Sugar (UK beet sugar factories typically produce well over 1 million tonnes of sugar annually), Agriculture (animal feed, nutrition- and technology-based products and offers data services for the agri-food industry), Ingredients (yeast and bakery ingredients production) and Retail (hello Primark). And with regard to the shareholder base, don’t forget that ’54.5% of ABF is owned by Wittington Investments. 79.2% of the share capital of Wittington Investments is owned by the Garfield Weston Foundation, which is one of the UK’s largest grant-making charitable trusts’. Lots of history…and secure ownership makes a real difference.

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I expect higher market volatility in the coming months and CMC Markets will benefit from that - buy the recent weakness

Recently the markets have been strong and generally have been heading in an upwards direction, which has been great news for many investors holding shares in larger FTSE companies.

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HFD
HFD
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If I love cycling, should I be buying Halfords shares?

I have been a keen cyclist all my life. And even if I am probably too old now to climb the infamous Alpe d’Huez climb in less than an hour, I can still push around my LeMond Buenos Aires carbon road bike at a decent speed. Whilst I could ramble on about the epic Tour of Britain route in Wales later today which I look forward to watching on TV, we need to focus on the investment world and that brings me to Halfords (HFD).

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Ashmore Group and the world of the emerging markets

I have been criticised before for using the phrase ‘emerging markets’ with the observation “so what are they emerging from then?”. And there was I thinking that a bit of ESG utilisation would have made everything okay… Anyhow, I came across an interesting graphic the other day, which hopefully the internal technical genius (i.e. Darren) can upload.

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More capex but more personal optimism in Polymetal

Nearly seven months ago I observed that you should ‘always believe in gold…but stick with Barrick (GOLD) and Polymetal (POLY) and not Yamana (AUY)’ HERE. Most gold stocks are down year-to-date – after an excitable previous couple of years – and these three stocks have been no different. So what do I make of Polymetal now after it published its first half numbers today?

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RNK
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Prefer Rank Group shares or a game of bingo?

It was about two years ago when I last talked about Rank Group (RNK) shares. The basic gist back then was that I thought shares in the Grosvenor and Mecca casino, bingo, gaming machines and much more owner were ‘worth a punt’. Given the then c. 160p share price almost doubled by early 2020, that worked out pretty well. However, today the shares are back at a 175p share price (and via a sub 100p level nine months ago). So how do I feel now about the company that has been ‘entertaining Britain since 1937, by bringing people together for fun and entertainment’?

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Phoenix (Group Holding plc) Nights?

Fans of a fantastic comedy show of twenty years note the reference above, but let us talk instead about the large cap company Phoenix Group (PHNX) which is ‘helping people secure a life of possibilities’.  In short it is ‘the UK’s largest long-term savings and retirement business’ and reported earlier this week.  

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CEY
CEY
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Centamin Interims – All on Track (again….) and a Nice Surprise: BUY

Fully-listed Egyptian Gold-miner Centamin (CEY) has delivered in line Interims this morning – although that is no surprise given that we knew most of the data offered already. What was a pleasant surprise was that the interim dividend, which I had expected at 3 US cents per share, has come in at 4 US cents.

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TW
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Taylor Wimpey has share uplift scope...but it is late in the day

Back in April I wrote about Taylor Wimpey (TW.), ‘one of the largest British based housebuilding companies’. Back then the shares were above 180p, but even with a decent rise this morning after the publication of first half numbers, the shares are still ten pence or so below the level back then. So what is going on?

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RIO
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The story for Rio Tinto is so much more than just cultural heritage

Shares in mining giant Rio Tinto (RIO) have performed well for me ever since I realised back in October here that ‘investors should focus on China not cultural heritage’.  Actually if truth is told, it is more than just China because demand for the iron ore, copper and aluminium exporter is centred on a broader changing world.  Or as Rio Tinto put it on a chart in its second quarter numbers a few days ago, ‘we produce materials essentially for a low-carbon future’.  

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British American Tobacco shares continue to offer attractive total return hopes

Back in late April I wrote about the ‘US tobacco market shocker’ for companies such as Imperial Brands (IMB) and British American Tobacco (BATS), but argued that it was more of an opportunity than a threat HERE. British American Tobacco produced its first half numbers today and whilst there is plenty of difference between current rate and constant rate returns (thanks the rise of the pound against the dollar and related over the last year!), the company is still growing its underlying sales and profits. And whilst the US authorities were very grumpy concerning their desire to ‘ban menthol cigarettes, ban flavoured cigars build on previous flavour ban and mark significant steps to reduce addiction’, not only have the shares edged up since but sales and profits have continued to go up in both the US and around the world.

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VOD
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A bit of Hotel Chocolat...and then onto Vodafone

I have been really impressed by Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) as a (very) occasional consumer, but never (to date) as an investor. A couple of months ago I observed that I was waiting for a 300p or below share price, a level we have not seen for around a year. Yesterday early evening PrimaryBid offered an opportunity to participate in a money-raising for the group. You can guess what I said at a 355p share price (equivalent to a then discount of 2.74%) offer.

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CEY
CEY
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Centamin Q2 Report: All Remains on Track - Buy

Fully-listed Egyptian Gold-producer Centamin (CEY) released its Q2 report this morning. The good news is that all seems on track to meet full-year guidance as the company continues its recovery from the ground movement issues last autumn and an interim dividend is on the way.

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CEY
CEY
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The View from the Montana Log-Cabin as Gold Squeezes back above $1800

Last week the Gold price closed up just $6 at $1788. This week it has put in a slightly less modest increase to $1808. Gold has notched up a hat-trick of weekly gains; I’m not so sure that this means it is time for the return of the Gold bull-market just yet, but there are some positive signs.

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Keeping the Faith at the Montana Log-Cabin as Gold Edges Higher

Gold edged higher again this week to $1788 from $1782 a week ago. It is not much of a move, but following the beating in the wake of the Fed’s threat to raise interest rates in two years’ time that is now two positive weeks, which is good (for gold bulls). There are plenty of reasons for optimism that Gold will head a good deal higher a few months out, but I am keeping the faith that we will again see $2000 Gold by year-end and this is why.

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Still excited about prospects for Johnson Matthey

Last month here, I concluded that ‘Johnson Matthey (JMAT) shares are worth buying’.  It is positive to see the FTSE 100 name noting that ‘our vision is for a world that’s cleaner and healthier, today and for future generations’. 

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AV
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Aviva continues to pleasingly perform

It has been a great last year for my investment in Aviva (AV.), shares in which have risen from just over 250p to above 400p in the last month or so. Certainly my view back in February was that the sale of its business in France, Poland, Italy and part of Asia struck me as a very sensible move. The completion of these deals is still set for later in the year – along with the anticipated return of capital. Elsewhere, ‘our positive trading performance in the first quarter of 2021 reinforces our confidence in the targets we announced earlier in the year…we still have much more to do, to deliver stronger returns for our shareholders’, which sounds like good movement.

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DCC
DCC
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DCC – when am I going to buy this great medium-term Irish stock?

The last time I wrote about DCC plc (DCC), the London-listed but ‘Irish international sales, marketing and support services group’, was back in early November HERE. My observation back then was that its observation in ‘four divisions: LPG, Retail & Oil, Technology and Healthcare’ and hence great performance over the last 26 years meant that ‘I really should consider buying some’. Well I still haven’t…and the stock is still at/around the sixty quid level. So what am I thinking today?

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J Sainsbury – full-year results show there is still income value

J Sainsbury (SBRY) has announced results for its year ended 6th March 2021 and that it has “carried good underlying trading momentum into the new financial year and started the year strongly”.

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Is Barratt Developments near its share price top?

Back in early February HERE I wrote ‘Barratt Developments really, really loves Help to Buy’ but had to admit that the share was going to go up a bit more. Since then the stock (BDEV) has moved a quid or so and now has a 775p stock price. So happy days for holders but, given the share price in early 2020 was only a little over 800p, is there anything left for shareholders to chase?

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GSK
GSK
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GlaxoSmithKline is fortunately about so much more than the current CEO

I turned positive – for the first time in years and years – on GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) shares back in February here.  I noted back then that my optimism was based on much more than cheapish EV:ebit ratios and alright free cash flow generation (and the dividend paid).  As I noted again here  a few weeks back, “Hedge fund Elliott builds up multibillion-pound stake in GSK” because the anticipation that GlaxoSmithKline will split out some of its business is set to happen over the next year and this will create extra value.   

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CEY
CEY
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If you're bullish on gold, then you should consider adding Centamin to your portfolio whilst its shares are so cheap

Centamin (CEY) has always been one of my favourite gold producers, and although I may not be as bullish as fellow ShareProphets writer Nigel Somerville, I still expect the metal to do well over the next few years.

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Can the newish Tesco CEO be as good as the now departed 'Tesco Dave'?

Two FTSE 100 names of interest published an update this morning.  First easyJet (EZJ) which noted that the group headline loss for the 6 months ending a couple of weeks ago is expected to be somewhere between £690-730 million.  Naturally that is a lot of money but there were even worse losses feared by some analysts.

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CEY
CEY
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Centamin – 2020 results - this will be a great recovery BUY

Gold miner in Egypt Centamin (CEY) has announced its results for the 2020 calendar year, emphasising “record revenue of US$829 million… generated significant free cash flow, of US$142 million, a 91% increase, making it possible to propose and pay dividends attributable to 2020 of US$104 million”  but also ‘impacted guidance’. But that impacted guidance was already known about, there were no new nasties here. Indeed…

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Gold – The View From the Montana Log-Cabin as Gold Travels But Ends Up Back Where it Started

Last week I noted that Gold was going nowhere fast. This week it moved fast, and quite a bit, but ended up more-or-less back where it started. This week’s action might offer some hope to gold-bulls like me, but I fancy there remains a way to go before one can be certain the selling of the past 8 months is finally over.

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CEY
CEY
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Centamin – remains a recovery buy

Gold miner in Egypt Centamin (CEY) announced results for the 2020 calendar year emphasising “record revenue of US$829 million… generated significant free cash flow, of US$142 million, a 91% increase, making it possible to propose and pay dividends attributable to 2020 of US$104 million”  but also ‘impacted guidance’. A recovery buy?

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JHD
JHD
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James Halstead: What a solid, family influenced, business

Almost six months ago, here, I wrote about the industrial flooring company James Halstead (JHD) concluding that ‘at a billion quid market cap now and unlikely to best £50 million of operating profit this year, it is not a cheap stock but if you dig below the surface it is an impressive one’.  With the shares little changed from a 500 pence share price, how did today’s half-year numbers to the end of last year get on?

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CCL
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You won't find me using Carnival or Imperial Brands...but I still own both shares

First I see that Carnival (CCL) shares are up a couple of percent this morning to a £16 share price. Despite an initial badly timed investment of the shares below £30 over a year ago when only China was impacted by the Covid-19 challenges, a further sales update has brought me closer to breaking even. It struck me during the dog days of last year that there was some potential to see a substantial share price improvement. After all if you get vaccinated – as a growing proportion of older and/or richer travellers in the world are – then your scope to get back onto a cruise ship in 2021-2 has gone substantially up…

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The View from the Montana Log-Cabin as Gold goes nowhere fast

Two steps forward, one step back. Gold closed at $1734 per oz this week, down a tad from last week’s $1745, ending a two-week rally but the truth of it is that it has been going nowhere fast over the last two and a half weeks, as can be seen on the chart below. I guess that is better than continuing the decline.

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CEY
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Centamin – Results tomorrow: what am I looking for?

Fully-listed Egyptian Gold-miner Centamin (CEY) has had a torrid few months and the shares are looking battered and bruised. Tomorrow sees full-year results to December 2020 and my hopes are high for a turn of fortune for this ongoing tip of mine – but it is a nail-biting wait!

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More BT Chairman debates whilst otherwise I look elsewhere at RHI Magnesita

I’ve got to start with more headlines at BT Group (BT.A) where a week ago, here, I observed that the Chairman decided to exit later this year, centred in my opinion on a growing realisation by all that it was time to go.

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GSK
GSK
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Should the lowest GlaxoSmithKline share price for years get you excited?

I have not been a fan of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) shares for a long time now but if you pick up its chart today, you will see the stock kicking around at a new five year low.  So what to think about a name that used to be a FTSE 100 favourite…and is even actively trying to finalise a Covid-19 vaccine product?

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Sector excitement tells me to remain optimistic about DS Smith

Today’s numbers from the paper and packaging name Smurfit Kappa (SKG) were damn impressive in my opinion.  Certainly it is no disaster to say that ‘prices rose rapidly in H2…and continue to see prices increasing in early 2021’. And when you look a bit more deeply, you realise that the rise of e-commerce remains a great growth area as firms such as Amazon are driving a lot more demand.  Smurfit Kappa’s CFO observed that such demand is ‘here to stay’ and even Brexit was not that much of a concern given that the company produces locally rather than relying on significant exports between Ireland/Europe and the UK. 

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IMB
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How does Imperial Brands look after a 90 page Capital Markets Event?

Back in November both myself here plus Tom and Steve here concluded that the fourteen quid and change share prices back then meant Imperial Brands (IMB) was an overt buy.  The shares have been up since the November ideas push but slipped yesterday. So what should we be thinking about a name with historic brands such as JPS, West, Winstone and Davidoff plus new brands such as blu offer skills in ‘Next Generation Products’ (NGPs) areas?

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PZC
PZC
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I would buy PZ Cussons: if it falls back enough again

After being a fool who bought some Rolls-Royce (RR) stock a year and change ago and then again when it raised money at a significant discount in the early Autumn to make sure it would survive, I will write a longer piece about its full-year numbers in March when the reality about making and looking after plane engines will be a little more straightforward.  Instead, today it is time to revisit my old pal PZ Cussons (PZC) which I last wrote up here in September when the shares were about 210p. 

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CEY
CEY
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Centamin – Q4 2020 Report Reassures: BUY.

Fully-listed Egyptian Gold producer Centamin (CEY) has reassured the market this morning with its fourth quarter report for 2020. The company has certainly had a torrid time of it since the announcement that ground movement had been detected in a waste dump which led to the suspension of open-pit mining at the West Wall. But this morning the company announced that it had reached revised target production for the year.

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Sainsbury’s enjoys its Christmas

Like a complete geek I enjoyed earlier this week having our shopping delivered by Sainsbury’s (SBRY).  I was not the only one demanding such a supply and in today’s third quarter update, Sainsbury’s mentioned that it now has more than eight hundred thousand weekly house sales.  

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CEY
CEY
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Centamin – Top Brass Buying, You Should Too

Fully-listed Egyptian Gold-producer Centamin (CEY) has released RNSs showing that its top brass have been dipping into their own pockets to buy its shares in the wake of last week’s updated mine plan. As discussed HERE and HERE there is plenty to suggest that the offering of a very attractive dividend has much to commend the shares and now Chairman James Rutherford and CEO Martin Horgan have shown the way.

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CEY
CEY
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Centamin – Life of Asset review: can we now plan ahead?

Fully listed Egyptian gold-miner Centamin (CEY) has released the promised life of asset review this morning. In the wake of ground movement troubles, this an important step in regaining investor trust. The good news is that the shares did not fall precipitously…..

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Metro did not throw the kitchen sink at anything!

I end with a view from my office photo just to annoy Graham Neary. I also comment on the latest bonkers ideas from Boris about how to cripple the economy. Those are relevant as I discuss the assumptions made by Metro Bank (MTRO) and its Godawful results. Who is it trying to kid? It has certainly not thrown in the kitchen sink in terms of provisioning. There is far worse to come when the banking crisis really gets going. I discuss gold and ask those with a knowledge of cocaine to help Lucian out with a new valuation metric. I look at Centamin (CEY) and am not persuaded there is a new normal to justify a sub 4% prospective yield.

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CEY
CEY
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Centamin – Q2 Report: shares are well up on this tip but still a buy.

Fully-listed Egyptian gold miner Centamin (CEY) has produced its Q2 report this morning and the numbers read well – the only thing missing was a hint as to the size of the forthcoming interim dividend. But despite the Covid crisis, Centamin is awash with cash and everything seems to be proceeding in line with expectations.

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MNG
MNG
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M&G admits its funds are having a mare. Next stop lower fees?

Back on the 10th March, I made a couple of observations which - when I read them back now - are worthy of further comment.  The first was back then I observed that "I have yet to see widespread 'I am never coming back to the stock market' thoughts".  That was a useful spot in the sense that markets bottomed two weeks later at which point I saw a lot more of that behaviour which is indicative of a tactical market low.  As always watching for extremities in greed or fear is helpful for the stock market investor, especially over the shorter-term.  

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AZN
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AstraZeneca momentum love makes it #1 but don't chase it here!

I learnt something new this weekend: AstraZeneca (AZN) is the biggest company on the UK market in terms of capitalisation, having doubled it in the last three-and-a-half years or so.  So well done to it, especially as a number of years back - in its shoes - I would have bitten off the corporate approach made by Pfizer and sold the company.  

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CEY
CEY
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Centamin – Quarterly report and dividend update: one for Tom’s SIPP windfall?

For the benefit of Tom Winnifrith, who is considering fully listed Egyptian gold miner Centamin (CEY) as a possible investment for his SIPP windfall, the company offered an update on its quarterly performance to 31 March, the forthcoming dividend of 6 US cents and the effects of the Covid-19 virus so far……and the news was good.

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IMB
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Imperial Brands – an Income buy

Shares in tobacco and ‘next generation’ products smoking-focused Imperial Brands (IMB) were above 2000p early this year and it updated investors the other day on a number of matters including “although the economic and social impact of COVID-19 is developing rapidly, there has been no material impact on group performance to date and current trading remains in-line with expectations”. The shares are though now available to buy at 1665p - they were  1570.5p when this article first appeared -  and we think you should although we regard a dividend cut as almost inevitable.

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At a time when. dividends are being scrapped, Legal & General stands out from the crowd - buy

Lots of large companies are currently reducing or even completely scrapping their dividend payments, and whilst some of them will still be seen as attractive investments for capital growth, it leaves income funds in a bit of a quandary. 

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Dividend Munchers - crunched!

It has been a grim few weeks for my little cohort of dividend munchers as the Coronavirus panic has spread. It is not just that the share prices have fallen very sharply: there have to questions over whether the big dividends will be scrapped, let alone chopped.

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Gold – A perfect storm?

As everything crashes and burns in the markets there is one asset - gold - which has managed to keep its head above water. At the end of last week it looked as though we were on the edge of another significant move higher, and then markets had a big sell-off and gold was tramped down again. But the week just ended has seen gold recover and have another go at breaking out, putting in an 8-year end-of-week high.

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Diversified Gas & Oil results Monday – is something horribly wrong?

On Monday, the largest oil company on the AIM Casino, Diversified Gas & Oil (DGOC) will announce annual results and give us an update on its proposed move to the Main market. The shares were 126p back in June when Oarfish Research kicked this off with a stunning four part dossier which has been followed by a series of accounting exposes on this website. The company is clearly in breach of IFRS and I have reported the company to the FRC, so what is happening. The shares are now 76p.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Eurasia owning morons lay into poor Gary Newman for speaking the truth with hard analysis

In today's bearcast I discuss how little shorting actually takes place on the AIM Casino, I look at Eurasia (EUA) where the slience is deafening, Versarien (VRS) and at Hammerson (HMSO) where Andrew Monk should thank me for warning him off but should NOT be tempted to bottom fish after the dividend is cut this week. And 8% yield, post cut, is still illusory. Finally, I again ask you to sponsor the , now 5, Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks HERE

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The road has been very rocky for BT Group but I can see potential both in the shorter and long term

BT Group (BT.A) has seen its share price drop quickly over the past few months, and following the publication of its quarterly results yesterday and news on Huawei it is trading at close to its lowest share price in recent years.

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Dividend Munchers – still on top as Boris Bounce wanes

I had wondered how long the Boris Bounce would last in the wake of his general election triumph. Not long, it seems, as far as the markets are concerned: Christmas retail figures have shown that the UK economy is in the doldrums ahead of our much delayed exit from the EU and the speculation is that we will see Mark Carney deliver an interest rate cut at his last monetary policy meeting to return rates to the level they were at when he took office.

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Carnival is crusin' for what exactly in 2020?

It is more than three-and-a-half years since anybody on this website wrote about Carnival (CCL)  which surprises me as it plays into quite a few seemingly attractive investment themes around leisure, demographics and even emerging market growth.  Yes, cruise companies are now fitted out ships with just the Chinese market in mind.  Keep that red flag cruising and all that.  

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A nudge on Royal Dutch Shell for the 2020s

Excellent news about Malcom's 'big relief' yesterday  but I have a different interpretation about a company he mused about earlier in the week: Royal Dutch Shell (RDSB).  

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Aviva: stage one achieved...but what about stage two?

Back in August I observed that buying Aviva (AV.) shares was 'so much better than buying FTSE-100 units'.  If you run some analysis over the last three months or so, then this has certainly been achieved, with the FTSE-100 up a couple of percent but Aviva shares up a little more than 10%.

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Good luck BP shareholders with the 'man to win over the millennials'

I guess I should offer my congratulations to BP (BP,) chief executive Bob Dudley who next February will retire from the position (and the company) after the thick end of a decade in charge.  Some of the plaudits I read about him being the man 'who saved' BP after the Gulf of Mexico debacle are a touch wide of the mark, but certainly he was a force for stability and continuation.  BP shareholders loving up their edged up dividend over the last five years will no doubt agree.  

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Forget crossing the Atlantic by a yacht, go green by buying shares in Biffa

I do have a little sympathy with the green brigade because if you think about the essence of economics, it is all about the efficient and sustainable use of factors of production.  However, where even the financial world has gone mad is the rise and rise and rise of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing, which has certainly overhung shares in sectors such as tobacco, energy and the automotive space globally.  And do not even get me started on green activists who do not want to fly on planes or start families until climate change issues are 'sorted'.  

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Why Investing in Big Dividend Payers is Not Always the Right Thing to Do.

Hello Share Chewers. As its the non-trading weekend, let’s take the opportunity of searching the pros and cons of investing in companies with high dividends. As poor interest rates continue to rule, does it not make more sense to buy shares for the yield than to hold loads of cash in the building society?

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Redemption Watch shocker: Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund yields more ground

Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund dropped 0.53% in its NAV per unit on Friday as the fund slipped to another new low point of £291.6 million. Having closed at £293.6 million on Thursday that 0.53% drop should have seen the fund down to £292.0 million but redemptions once again knocked a further £0.4 million form the total.

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A Sunday reminder: when dividends look too good to be true...they probably are

Back in late April https://www.shareprophets.com/views/42311/ideas-update-whitbread-greene-king-ds-smith-breedon  I observed on pubs group Greene King (GNK) that 'another tilt nearer seven quid and I would exit this one'. 

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Sunday is not a day of rest for management at Vodafone, BT Group and FirstGroup

I quite like working on a Sunday as it gives me a chance to feel fully prepped when markets start moving about come Monday morning.  However I am sure there was some spluttering over the cornflakes and coffee for anyone associated with Vodafone (VOD), BT Group (BT/A) and FirstGroup (FGP) given the various mentions all three corporate names garnered in the deadwood press.  Looking at it dispassionately though from the perspective of shareholders, I think we can characterise the news out there as the equivalent of the good, the bad and the ugly. 

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Naughty naughty Lord Razzall (again), another mini bond blow up and yield, reward and risk

I staert with a few thoughts on Eazster and on the hollow words from our wretched Prime Minister Theresa May on protecting Christians who are under attack. I then have a few more words on lying Mail on Sunday journalist limp dick Jamie Nimmo. Finally with a hat tip to Jamie's paper for breaking another mini bond scandal, MJS Capital, I discuss shamed Lord Razzall and the idea of what a high yield really tells you on a bond, a share or a house.On this day of gioving please make a donation to Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks. 90% of those who listen almost every day to this podcast are yet to chip in, please correct that HERE!

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Mr Angry on the Yourgene front

In today's podcast I look in detail at Managenent Resource Solutions (MRS), Yourgene (YGEN), First Derivatives (FDP) and hapless Neil Woodford and the crashing yield on his Equity Income Fund. How soon will that force Hargeaves Lansdown (HL.) to drop him? And I discuss my plans for weekend training walks as I urge you to become a hero as we surge through 25% of our Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks target HERE

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Polymetal: all that glistens can be gold

I see Malcolm wrote about the gold space yesterday  and it got me thinking again about London's largest cap gold miner Polymetal (POLY), an honour bestowed upon it when my old mucker Randgold decamped via a big merger deal to concentrating its northern hemisphere listings in the North American markets.  

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Oohh…bad luck, Neil!

Tom Winnifrith noted in yesterday’s Bearcast that Neil Woodford had once again been selling liquid dividend payers in order to meet redemptions and so that Neil can prove the market wrong (reference Keir – which  slid alarmingly again today). In this case it was New River REIT (NRR), where he appears to have sold a large chunk of his holding to his old mates over at Invesco last Tuesday.

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This week’s top disaster for Neil Woodford

Our good friends over at Citywire have again come up with bad news for Neil Woodford, in revealing that investors in his Equity Income Fund (EIF) reacted badly to last month’s sequence of dismal news by cashing out to the tune of £160 million. Having started March with £4.7 billion, EIF slumped to £4.4 billion last month which suggests that redemptions are not the only problem for Woodford.

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ROL

Rotala – full-year results, confident about the prospects: BUY

UK bus company Rotala (ROL) has announced results for its year ended 30th November 2018 and that it is “confident… about the prospects of the group and excited about the possibility of expanding it considerably in the years ahead”

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Tom Winnfrith Bearcast: Brexit bollocks, the real threats to the economy, Crest Nicholson's dividend and Charlie & Lola

Charlie & Lola let me down so sorry for the Joshua interruption today. In this podcast I discuss Brexit and the real threats to the UK economy and then look at Crest Nicholson (CRST), its dividend and, I think, illusory yield. If you enjoyed this, almost, profanity free bearcast, follow a bloke from the Grim North who donated enough to buy a whole house in the welfare safari and support the Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks HERE.

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Prudential: how do you say 'the man from the Pru' in emerging market tongues?

There are always many different shares to write about but I am surprised that i have troubled these pages with my thoughts on the Prudential (PRU).  As a self-confessed investment geek typically focused on longer-term themes and trends, there are few corporate names in the FTSE-100 as well set up as the Prudential with its growing exposure to the burgeoning Asian insurance market, a region where the last ten year renewal premium compound growth rate for the company has been a cool 18% and profits have grown even faster.

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£4 million of other folks cash spunked on a falling knife because Neil Woodford (again) knows better

On Friday Redde (REDD) ‘fessed up that it had lost its largest contract. The yield on the shares by c.o.p Friday was more than 11%, screaming out that this company was now certain to slash the dividend. But as the stock collapsed from 130p to 104p (it is now 98p) one 'savvy' investor thought that, once again, he knew better...

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Why Hargreaves Lansdown CAN'T tell its clients to dump Neil Woodford and why the yield on EIF is set to crash

I start with the utterly shite journalism of Jeff Presstrip in the Mail on Sunday which disgraces our profession as I explain HERE. Then it is onto Neil Woodford and two issues. First why HL just cannot tell its dumb clients to sell and, secondly, why the yield on the flasgship EIF will plunge from 4.1% today to something starting with a 2 within a year, if the fund still exists. That is by no means a given. If you enjoyed this bearcast, follow Jim Mellon and support the Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks HERE.

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I am not rushing to order up either a Domino's Pizza...or its shares!

My favourite deadwood press article this week is all about the comment from a reader below it, rather than the article itself.  I talked about Domino's Pizza (DOM) back in August and basically said that I would only get warmed up at 250p odd a share.  Well we are nearly there and - superficially - not too much has changed.  The UK franchise keeps on growing aided by that near omnipresent 'official food of everything' advertising, various Scandi markets remain workable...and angst continues at the managerial and franchisee levels.  

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Kingfisher gets the Sunday press shafting treatment

After almost freezing my nether regions off on my usual early doors Sunday bike ride, I settled in to read (online) a couple of the Sunday papers.  For quite a few years now I have taken the view that many of the results/strategy preview stories are deeply provocative and excitable, and when the results and strategy statement actually occurs...a whole bunch of fear and angst is already priced in.  

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Dividend Munchers: Vodafone calms market with interims

I was really worried I had made a grave error is buying into Vodafone (VOD) for my mini Dividend Munchers’ portfolio. Of course, on the basis of having paid over 190p and the shares subsequently collapsing to well under 150p I clearly had – but fortunately had only piled up half of what I had wanted so by good fortune I escaped the worst. The question was then whether to pile in for more – so the market was wrong – or to accept I had made a mistake. This morning Vodafone offered up its interims.

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Dividend Munchers’ List – Full November update

We’ve made November and the world didn’t end on the stock markets after all. Phew. Having noted that three of my four picks had been pretty resilient during the market squall of October, we have now seen a bit of a recovery across the markets (not that I think it will last). So how’s the performance?

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Dividend Munchers – great stuff from BT, but time to trim?

Fully listed BT (BT.A) is the largest holding in my small collection of dividend munchers by value, although for the purposes of the portfolio it is marked as one unit, along with Centrica (CNA) and ITV (ITV). Vodafone, the fourth member, is half a unit – thank goodness! Yesterday’s interims went down very well with the market, which marked the shares up to around 267p at the peak, and closed at around 260. The shares haven’t been this high since last January and you have to go back to last October before you see an extended period of higher prices than that.

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Purplebricks & Neil Woodford– good to see a man of conviction

I noted the other day that Neil Woodford seems to have been on a bit of a selling spree, having dumped shares in our Big Short BCA Marketplace (BCA) and more recently in Hostelworld (HSW), Forterra (FORT), Horizon Discovery (HZD) and Homeserve (HSV). But I see that the great man has been topping up his holding in Purplebricks (PURP).

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VOD

Buy the current Vodafone weakness for long term gains and a healthy dividend yield

Vodafone (VOD) has had a very weak year so far and the share price has been dropping steadily, but I believe that it can still turn things around longer term.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - is the reward at Royal Mail safe and is it enough?

I note the wise words of Chris Bailey on Royal Mail (RMG) and have swapped emails with him on the subject. He is, much cleverer than I am so you may wish to heed the conclusion of Three Brains Bailey. But I am not so sure if a 6.8% current year yield is enough to offset the risks both operational and political.  The article I wrote on water leakage which I refer to in the podcast and which the Sun Tel picked up on is HERE

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - Malcolm Stacey you are stark raving mad

In today's bearcast I look at Vela (VELA), Debenhams (DEB), Nakama (NAK) and why Malcolm Stacey's bullishness on the house builders is a sign of madness, I think I need to send the old boy on a holiday to reflect. Yields of 8%, 9% and 10% for a sector tell you that what lies ahead is very bad news indeed, including, almost certainly, dividend cuts.

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My Dividend Muncher’s List – time for an update

It is a while since I updated on my small portfolio of high-yielders from the FTSE100. The idea of the portfolio – perhaps somewhat contrary to expectations – is that I am bearish, but am struggling to find somewhere to park my cash. Bond yields are low and prices high, but interest rates are rising so my simple mind sees capital losses there. You still can’t get any meaningful interest at the bank and property prices look set to (at best) stall. And to cap it all, I am nervous that the market might sell off. So I am investing here as a bear.

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DOM
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Domino's Pizza - bet it wishes everyone ate pizza like they do in Iceland!

A while back (as you can read here) I concluded you should wake me up at about a 250p Domino's Pizza (DOM) price. Well another day like today and the shares will crash through this level (and a bit more). So why is 'the official food of everything' having a 10%+ share price dump shocker today? I reckon there are three stories here.

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Dividend Munchers List – all (more-or-less) going to plan

It was interesting to listen to yesterday’s Bearcast Special, with Tom Winnifrith joined by Lucian Miers and Brokerman Dan – the last of whom sounded like a jolly good cynic to me. He described AIM as “all puff” and asked which company could go to zero he said any AIM company. Of course, I think there are a few exceptions but in general the cynic in me enjoyed hearing what he had to say. Perhaps that is partly why I’ve been looking to put a dividend muncher’s list together, as well as having some stocks I can invest my cash in to generate a return even if the general market keels over.

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GNK

The Jolly Greene King May Face Challenging Times Ahead.

Hello Share Middlers. I’ve commended Greene King (GNK) to you in the past but its yearly numbers are not that marvellous. The pub and food chain’s adjusted profit before tax toppled back to £243 million. That’s still a tidy sum, but it’s 11% less than last time. Still, the divi remains unchanged at 33p per share. The prospective yield I have is 5.3%, which ain’t at all bad.

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The market will eventually wake up to the true value of SOCO International - buy

At times in the lower end of the natural resources sector it seems as though the worse the company is, the more money private investors are prepared to put into it.

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New ESMA regulations are likely to have a negative impact on Plus500

CFD trading platform Plus500 (PLUS) has had a very strong start to the year and its share price has risen by around 90% off of the back of a strong trading performance, but I would definitely question whether that is set to continue going forwards due to some regulatory changes which are about to come into effect.

Saga: buy 'em even if you are a young 'un

We all like shares that go up a lot but in terms of idea generation I think the biggest fallers list is by far the most interesting.  Near the end of last year I saw that the insurance and travel company Saga (SAGA) shares fell sharply after the company said that its profits would be hurt by a combination of factors including 'a lower level of written to earned benefit and a decline in reserve releases' and investing more into new 'customer acquisitions'.  The net impact was that profits were expected to be 5% lower...but the shares fell over 25%. 

ITV
ITV

ITV – another one for the dividend muncher’s list

I’ve been wandering through my list of tasty-looking dividend plays identified HERE for further additions to my dividend muncher’s list. The first was BT (BT.A) which I bought at 225p and has since risen nicely to 241.5p. We’ll see how this plays out when its results are released early next month, but so far, so good. My second choice was Centrica (CAN), but I haven’t taken the plunge there yet. Working down my list of high yields, it has been too easy to rule out most of them but I alighted on ITV (ITV) and I wonder if now may prove a good time to climb on board.

GSK
GSK

Bonkers Glaxo buys expensively let alone splits-up

Last week I hoped that GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) backing away from a mega deal which would have seen them splurge US$20bn odd on the consumer unit of American pharma name Pfizer was an early sign of a new commitment to not building an empire and maybe even considering splitting the company up into its constituent parts.  Well that slammed that door closed today with news that they are buying out the shares in a consumer healthcare jv they have with the Swiss pharma giant Novartis for a cool US$13 billion. 

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BT

BT – I’m in (blame Chris Bailey!)

Looking down my shopping list for dividend munchers in the wake of our mini-crash (see HERE) I see fully listed BT (BT.A) on a yield of 6.82%. I’m no expert in these large-caps (so this is NOT a tip!), but that seemed pretty tasty to me and worth a bit of a look – my first port of call being what the ShareProphets large-cap professor, Chris Bailey, had to say (see HERE). 

This Legal Eagle has Landed Some Flying Profits and Should Keep Soaring Above.

Hello, Share Chisellers. Mostly I suggest you look at small-cap and penny shares. But every portfolio needs a few ’safer’ stalwarts to keep an even keel. One such company for me is Legal & General (LGEN). Now, most insurance companies have seen their share prices bloat in the last year or so and that happy trend continues.

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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.

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The under-performing FTSE100: an opportunity?

Yesterday I listed 30 of the FTSE100 with high enough yields to interest me, noting that the yield on the FTSE100 as a whole was substantially higher than 30-year US treasuries and a country mile ahead of 30-year gilts. Of course, having a big yield doesn’t make them a buy automatically – just for starters, is the yield sustainable? But now I want to compare the performance of the FTSE100 with other indices around the world. It makes for a striking comparison.

BT
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.

Ferguson - fifty quid again, flippin' heck...

The fine office of Wikipedia informs me that: 'Ferguson is a Scottish surname and given name. The surname is a patronynic form of the personal name Fergus. The name Fergus is derived from the Proto-Celtic elements *wiros ("man") and *gustus ("vigour", "force", or "choice"). Well...you learn something new everyday. Additionally as of a few weeks ago it is the new name of the old Wolseley (WOS, now FERG), the FTSE-100 plumbing and heating kit stalwart.

APH
APH

Alliance Pharma – despite Diclectin disappointment, still looking good, BUY

Speciality pharmaceutical company Alliance Pharma (APH) has announced results for the first half of 2017 and that “having delivered results in this period in line with expectations, and having a sound platform in place, we look forward to the second half and beyond with confidence" I agree and this offers a way to get a good solid low risk 15% return. Let me explain.

GNK
GNK

Who knocked over my pint? Greene King has a late summer shocker

Has the weather been bad since the second half of July with you? It seems to have been alright in the locality of Bailey Towers but as I spend my time inside slaving over copy for ShareProphets among other akin matters, rather than sitting in a pub garden, I cannot really tell you if Greene King (GNK) is talking reality or not with its expectations-chopping update today observing: 'since the second half of July, when the weather worsened, trading weakened'.

RMG
RMG

Royal Mail - second class post can be the value option!

In a world of omnipresent instant communication and next day delivery options, I am not really sure there is that much difference between the first and second class letter service - and I am certain that many of you reading this in rural communities can barely distinguish between the two. Anyhow, Royal Mail (RMG) has itself been downgraded this morning with the news it is out of the FTSE-100 and into the mid-cap melee known as the FTSE-250.

Dunelm - I want a 5% yield, not a 5 year share price low

I am trying to remember the last time I visited a Dunelm (DNLM) store - to be honest I have much better things to be doing at the weekend than wandering around a home furnishing retailer. On a quiet RNS day, the news that John Browett, the company's CEO for the last couple of years, had resigned with immediate effect for personal reasons stood out. I do not know why John resigned but I wish him the best...and this brings us to the observation that the company itself makes that 'the next phase of growth requires different leadership' (which it will announce in due course - the Chairman is taking charge for the time being).

Central Asia Metals is probably the most under-valued commodity play on the market!

There are times when a large background seller can present a good buying opportunity, and an institutional investor offloading shares isn’t always a sign that the company is failing to perform.

Though Sainsbury Tries Harder, the Competition is Just Too Much - sell

Hello Share Peggers. The latest set of figures from Sainsbury (SBRY) show that sales in the last four months improved by 2.3%. Which is not too bad, considering the huge challenge from the competition these days.

GNK
GNK

Ever Read Sir Gawain and the Greene King? Well, this Brewer Needs No White Knight to keep on Making Cash.

Hello Share Turners. Recent results from Greene King  (GNK) were a dose of good news in a difficult consumer market. Operating profits were up by about 5%, while revenues on the year were up nearly 7%.

 

 

 

 

IMI
IMI

There's Value in Valves, as This Vital Venture's Shares Re-Vitalise

Hello Share Ticklers. The old memory doesn’t get any better as I motor towards the end of life’s great highway, but I don’t think I've looked at IMI (IMI) here before.

ITV
ITV

There's No Business Like This Show Business for Pulling in Wealthy Advertisers

Hello Share Scramblers. At the much-loved UK Investor Show I heard someone on the main stage confirm something I’ve said once or twice on this scintillating website. That is that ITV (ITV) is worth considering.

Action Hotels - disappointing (& late!) trading update, BUT...

On 20th April 2017, Action Hotels (AHCG) updated on a disappointing 2016, as well as that “trading in Q1 2017 is solid”. Hmmm…

BP
BP

A Few Jolly Good Reasons to Return to BP

Hello Share Rattlers. On checking the number of BP shares I hold, I was rather shocked. It’s one of those shares I’ve been gradually building up, whenever I find myself with a bit of share cash and no clear company currently worthy of investment.

Central Asia Metals - the best value mining stock on the market?

A few weeks back I wrote a piece here suggesting that Central Asia Metals (CAML) was one of the best value mining shares around, and following the release of its final results I believe that to be even more the case now.

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.

You'll struggle to find a better copper play than Central Asia Metals

Copper has been showing some signs of weakness in the past week or so following an unstoppable rise from around $2/lb during the early part of 2016, and despite the pullback it is still trading much higher, at around $2.62/lb, as I write this piece.

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.

GNK
GNK

The Jolly Greene King Could Build Share Value with its Giant Pub Chain.

Hello Share Pitchers. You may have heard me say a few times that the drinks trade is worth a look - if only because people seem to be boozing more than ever these dark days. An easy way to cheer yourself up, you see.

GSK
GSK

This Big British Pharma is Set to Grow as our Health Slumps

Hello Share Punchers. I’ve just heard on the BBC more woes facing British hospitals. It does seem that most of them now have no slack and routine operations keep being put off, with nowhere to send many patients once beyond the surgeon’s knife.

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.

BT
BT

BT accounting problems present a buying opportunity

Whenever you get a big drop in the share price of FTSE350 companies it can represent a buying opportunity, depending of course on what caused the drop in the first place.

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.

Looking for a Bumper Dividend in Tidy Ship? Look at City of London Investment Group.

Hello Share Ticklers. I’ve just bought a bit of the City of London Investment Group (CLIG). Those of you with long memories may remember I’ve previously a piece or two commending this holding company to your further researches.

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.

AGR
AGR

Doctor, Doctor, What's the Best Way to Get a Modern Surgery?

Hello Share Tootlers. It's quite a bit since I last suggested you might do some further research on Assura (AGR). Since then the company has found another £300 million from investors.

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. 

IGG
IGG

Tighter Regulation Threat Makes IG An Uneasy Investment

Hello Share Twizzlers. I've not had much success with my spread betting exploits. I've had three goes with three different companies, but this kind of investing, if investing it is, has seen my original stakes disappear. And rather quickly, too.

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.

DOM
DOM

No Spots on this Pizza Giant - And it Could Make A Tasty Investment

Hello Share Pushers. There seems no decline in the popularity of pizzas. They are easy to buy and easy to eat. And Britons, together with probably the rest of the world, will take the easy way out if we can, while gastronomic considerations often take a back seat.

Time to Re-Visit the Banks? Yes, I Rather Think So

Hello Share Plungers. As usual, when raising the thorny issue of whether banks are ever going to get back on track after the trauma of 2008, I am attacked by the symptoms of nervousness. But I still think all British banks will see fairly hefty share rises over the next few years. This is partly because outrageous fines issued by interfering busybodies and compensation claims will surely start to dry up.

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.

ECM
ECM

Electronics and Engineering Seem Boring - But Thar's Gold in Them Thar Hills

Hello Share Stackers. Electrocomponents (ECM) is not exactly a zingy name is it? And I have a bit of prejudice against companies with names which seem clumsy and easy to forget. But nevertheless this is an energetic firm which seems to be going places with a few more big cheeses who arrived last year.

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.

As Brent Crude Trickles Up, You Can Be Sure of Shell, Shell, Shell

Hello Share Twiggers. The price of oil continues to nudge up. As I write, it is only a whisper away from a 10 month high. I see no reason why that trend won’t continue, especially with winter drawing on and my central heating boilers going full pelt for the first time today. Another clue to rising oil prices is that big costs are returning at the petrol pumps.

BON
BON

A Warm September Stifles My Desire to Buy Bonmarche Shares

Hello Share Scrimpers. When times become hard - and loads people are just not earning enough in these days of minimum wages and zero hour contracts - some things have to be gone without. One of these not-so-essential services is the provision of new clothes. Personally I’ve not bought any new threads for some time, due to a bursting wardrobe and the paucity of interesting new fashions these days.

As Galliford Gallops On, You May Want To Give It a Try

Hello Share Punchers. I’m not sure that I did not cover my favourite builder Galliford Try (GFRD) rather too recently. But when a share commentator like myself is more convinced of one of his subjects' future success more than many of his others, he should press the point more than once.

ABF
ABF

Primark Pack 'Em In - But I'm Not Convinced the Shares Are a Bargain Buy

Hello Share Scorchers. My family is addicted to Primark stores. They will travel 60 miles just to go to our nearest one in Swansea. But it’s not my favourite shopping experience because its establishments are usually absolutely chocker with buyers. Not that Primark is not well equipped to serve them well, with a workforce of 60,000 across 300 stores in 11 countries. You didn’t think it was that big, did you?

Roll Out the Barratt with These Well-Built Reasons to Invest

Hello Share Samplers. At the risk of annoying some of my gloomier detractors, I continue to argue that house builders are a good investment at the mo. A good friend of mine has just bought a large house in a very swish part of the Smoke. I admit this could be a mistake, as some London house prices are under threat because of Brexit. Fewer rich foreigners will buy here, it is argued, because the capital will no longer be seen as the centre of the financial universe.

MPE
MPE

MP Evans still pumping out green oil despite a few problems

Since I last covered MP Evans (MPE) in May, there has been no lack of drama on AIM. But if you just wanted to own a decent business, collect a few dividends and sleep somewhat soundly at night, you could have done a lot worse than buying into this company.

Turn Again City of London Investment Group as the Big Divi Beckons

Hello Share Slammers. It's been a while since I revisited an old favourite, City of London Investment Group (CLIG). During that time I sold my holding, because I was sitting on a reasonable profit and when you are dealing with an investment company with its main interest in foreign parts, you never really know what is going to happen on a global, politico-macro basis.

VOD
VOD

Vodafone May Ring for You as a Merger Calls

Hello Share Shapers. A few years ago, I sold all my Vodafone (VOD) shares for a goodly profit. Rather a good job as it paid for 10 years of phone bills which used to be high in those days. The shares went into a damp patch after that,  but over the last few years the share price has perked up, while its rival BT’s (BT.) share price is currently, to say the least, stodgy.

DEB
DEB

Are We Being Served by Debenhams As We Face a Likely Decline in High Street Shopping?

Hello Share Shufflers. I have commended Debenhams (DEB) shares in the past, but I’m changing my mind. This is not because I dislike the store. My nearest branch, which is fairly new, is well laid out, spacious and welcoming. But the truth is that many of us are ordering on-line these days. And sadly these big chain stores may become more and more unnecessary. I had hoped that the nation’s love of shopping would keep them hugely profitable, but hopes are fading.

SLE
SLE

San Leon 2017 yield 19% and PE 2.6 - we are in

Well that is the forecast anyway for those who took part in the San Leon (SLE) placing at 45p details of which were announced today. For once we are on the same side as Tosca Fund which did most of the placing as we also had a modest nibble. Delivery is the key but on those sort of forecasts it would be rude not to invest. 

AIR
AIR

You Could Make Movies Out of Air Partner's Exploits and its Prospects Could Be Up and Away

Hello Share Churners. Yesterday I looked at a promising company with rather boring products. It was Polypipe (PLP), which makes plastic pipes and ventilation systems. So now let’s look at a firm which has an exciting existence, especially for sports fans (which I am not).

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.

IGAS - irrational exhuberance, just fracking nonsense

Shares in overindebted AIM-listed Igas Energy (IGAS) have shot out of the traps this morning on news that Theresa May is in favour of fracking and wants to bribe the locals into letting it happen. There is also a technical matter announced last week that Igas underwent a capital reduction which apparently strengthens the balance sheet......if only. The share price reaction has seen the shares race ahead by as much at 47% (30% last seen) but has anything changed? Er....

Matchtech – full-year trading update, these shares are a buy

Having commenced the year at above 500p and been around 400p just before the Brexit vote, shares in specialist engineering and technology recruitment group, Matchtech (MTEC) are currently recovering to above 350p on the back of a “Trading Update for 12 months ended 31 July” announcement…

Here's Another Over-Sold Brexit Beauty Which Could Rally fast.

Hello Share Swashers. We all know that shares in Britain took a tumble on June 24 when the Brexit vote was announced. But then many shares recovered. Most property and building stocks, however, did not. So in my view, as the results of Brexit will become clearer later on and will be favourable, property shares are probably now one of the biggest bargains out there. Though of course, if you still fear the exit from Europe, then you won’t agree with me.

BEG
BEG

Begbies Results, no red flags: Buy

Insolvency, restructuring and property services group Begbies Traynor (BEG) has announced results for its year ended 30th April 2016 and that, although cautious, “the recent acquisition of the Pugh auction business, together with the Taylors valuation business, gives the opportunity for growth in earnings in the new financial year”.

NG
NG

Brexit Rockets the Grid - but It Could Still Power Ahead Even More

Hello Share Bouncers. I am now back at my desk following a very invasive operation the day before. However the team carrying it out was a modal of politeness, friendliness and efficiency. Would that some of Britain’s Chef execs were as useful. There’s a very competent management at the National Grid (NG.) too. But that’s not the big factor in the current ballooning share price. The value has shown a 14% rise since Brexit. A few days ago it was another 2% higher than that.

PRP
PRP

Prime People results - check out that yield

Recruiter Prime People (PRP) has announced results for its year ended 31st March 2016 and that“current activity is resilient across the group”. The results show a pre-tax profit of £2.15 million on net fee income more than 20% higher than in the prior year, at £12.28 million, generating earnings per share of 13.84p, up from 9.28p. The dividend per share was maintained at 8.84p.

VTU
VTU

As the Motor Trade Motors, This Expanding Firm Could Wheel in Some Profit.

Hello Share Sailors. Having just completed a six-hour car marathon from South Wales to York, I can attest that the British obsession with motor cars shows no sign of slowing down. There were times when the motorways I traversed were so clogged up, that I wondered if I would ever get there.We all know that car sales in this country keep breaking records, despite the general moans about people not having enough money to buy homes and eat.

To Shell and Back. The Case is Royal Says My Old Dutch.

Hello Share Plungers. I’ve been teetering round some serious Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) research for a week or two now. That’s because I - along with a goodly few other City commentators - expect the price of Brent to skid upwards. But why buy Shell shares in preference to those  offered by all that competition? Because of size mainly. Shell is probably too big to fail and if that oil price keeps bubbling up, then good old Shell we will among the biggest beneficiaries.

RMG
RMG

C'mon Postie, Don't Be Slow, Your Shares in Royal Mail Could Go Man Go.

Hello Share Crunchers. Let me send you a letter recommending you research Royal Mail (RMG). I believe, though am not entierly sure as I don't look too closely into her finances, that my wife still holds some shares. So I am not entirely unbiased. Though I sold mr Royal Mail stock some time ago for a tasty profit - and have no plans at present to buy them back. This is not because I believe the share has a limited prospect of rising, but because this family already owns enough Royal Mail shares. Eggs and baskets and all that.

MKS
MKS

Marks and Sparks' Flat Share Price Belies a Tasty Dividend

Hello Share Tasters. As far as I can see the share price at Marks and Sparks (MKS) has not moved very much in the last 10 years. There have been some alarming peaks and troughs along the way. But its the overall flatness of the share price that’s the main reason why I sold all my stock some time ago - and won’t be returning. However, I can see the advantage of being on board for all those share shifters who relish tasty dividends. And with the general performance of most shares at the moment, who can blame them?

NRR
NRR

Buy New River Retail

Hello Share Crashers. I don’t want to worry Brexit fans too much, but did you know that my bookie is offered me 4 to 1on Brits voting us out of Europe? And the odds for staying in - 6 to 1 on. If we come out, property prices may fall as rich Europeans, and possibly the rest of the world demure from buying stuff over here. As the bookies think we will be staying in - often a better guide than opinion polls - it seems to me that we might look for property comp[anies to invest in.

Oh Brother! You May Get a Little Richer if You Rock with Ricardo.

Hello Share Twiddlers. As I boy I called my brother Richard, Ricardo. So I’m drawn for a daft reason to an engineering set-up called, that’s right, Ricardo (RCDO). And once, when my children were toddlers,  I bought into a company called’ Sleepy Kids’ and lost money as a result. But there are better reasons than a name to encourage punters to look at Ricardo. What it does israther fashionable, and therefore potentially money-making. It provides and researches engines which deal with the problem of pollution from commercial engines. And that includes trains.

BP
BP

To Be Crude, Oil Looks Perkier, which Is Why I Stick with High Dividend BP

Hello Share Chippers. I rate my large number of oil stocks in the same bracket I consider banks - a real solid gold let down. As I mainly invested in oil and banks because I once thought the sectors were relatively safe, I am even more disappointed. Banks of course have been a drain on our pockets ever since the big crunch of 2007. Whereas oil has only recently taken a nasty dive.

WJG
WJG

Live Like a Student Prince With One of this Firm's Clean Modern Flats.

Hello Share Mashers. Let’s talk about a venerable company called Watkin Jones (WJG). It goes back to the 1700’s when it was a joinery firm. Now it’s big in the lucrative student accommodation game. Having had three children who’ve been through the nightmare of finding a decent place to live while they study, I am all for firms who put the whole thing on a professional footing. There are too many private landlords out there who are anxious to take students’ money without looking after their properties very well

NG
NG

Keep Grid Shares for a Reliable Divi in a Troubled Market.

Hello Share Munchers. Ever since I began writing for this noble website, I’ve been supporting National Grid (NG.) And the case for buying the stock is even greater these days, in my humble opinion.Most of us shareholders who do it for a living are keener on reliable dividends than we might have been in the past. This is due to the alarming falls in share prices recently courtesy of uncertainty about China, Brazil and Europe.

Want the Security of Land Around You? - Take a Peek at Land Securities

Hello Share Pushers. I don’t think I’ve looked at Land Securities (LAND) before, but it looks like a reasonable place to put one’s hard-earned. At least the epic code is easy to remember. It goes without saying that it’s a company which owns a lot of land. And as the UK population keeps on rising that’s a nifty asset to have.

AGR
AGR

Doctor, Doctor I Keep Thinking I'm a Surgery. Let Me Assura You You're Not.

Hello Share Screamers. Don’t say I never bring you areas you may not have thought about investing in before. Today it’s an outfit that builds and develops, then rents out, doctor’s surgeries. Assura (AGR) is the name and medical property development is the game. My doctor’s surgery looks purpose built to me. It has loads of extra rooms and space for all the bits and pieces which goes with ordinary doctor’s visits these days.

Belt Up With Burberry - and Consider Buying the Shares.

Hello Share Shovellers. It’s been some time since I featured a favourite company of mine, Burberry (BRBY), the makers of famous coats. But I am indebted to an article in the Guardian (TW Note: You read that rag, consider yourself on a disciplinary) for some more information on this outfitting outfit, which apparently has never before invited a journalist into its coat factories in Castleford and Keighley in West Yorkshire. 

Fancy Connecting to a Magazine Giant? Have a Look at Connect.

Hello Share Bunnies. You may be tempted top think that shares in magazine companies could be a bit iffy following Trinity Mirror’s (TNI) decision to pull the plug on its latest daily newspaper. But there is a company in this line which is doing rather well. Connect (CNCT) is Britain’s largest magazine and newspaper outfit.

FRP
FRP

Fairpoint: Worth a Second Look on Share Price Weakness

Shares in Fairpoint (FRP) are off by 10% today to 128p, giving a market cap of £58m, as the market digests a trading statement to accompany today’s AGM. While not entirely straightforward, an investment thesis can be made at this valuation.

CCL
CCL

The Firm that Launched 100 Ships May Cruise to Greater Glory.

Hello Share Turners. It’s Carnival (CCL) time again. I’ve commended to you before the biggest leisure cruise company in the world. Let me update that view. Carnival is the face of British capitalism that launched 100 ships. That’s enough for 212,000 berths, or sleeping places as we non-nautical types like to say. It operates under a few famous names, including  P&O Cruises, Cunard, Swan and Princess. And it does cruises, well, all over the place.

MPE
MPE

MP Evans - Digging for Palm Oil Treasure In Indonesia

AIM is home to an incredible variety of companies. That’s great news for those of us with short attention spans – we can never get bored digging around for AIM treasure (or as Buffett might say, there are many rocks for us to look underneath).

BT
BT

Intrigued by BT's £6 Billion Improvement Plan? - It's Your Call.

Hello Share Twitchers. BT (BT.A) made a big announcement this week. It is going to spend, spend, spend on improving broadband and phone coverage. It probably had to do it because the watchdog of the industry has thought about splitting it from its big money spinner, Openreach, unless BT makes improvements for the public. The rivals, like Talk Talk (TALK) and Sky (SKY) are not likely to be impressed by this initiative, though.

RSA
RSA

Calling All Divi Hunters. Insure that You Look at RSA.

Hello Share Shoppers. If you’re a regular reader of this delectable website you’ll know that I like to keep an eye on RSA (RSA) the old Royal Insurance set-up. Time for an update, I fancy.You may recall there was a nasty shock for long-time shareholders like me when an offer from Zurich insurance was withdrawn last year.

SNR
SNR

They Give Senior Service - and the Soaring Airline Business Needs Them.

Hello Share Samplers. Investing in airlines has produced nice gains of late, thanks largely to the cut in fuel prices. But it may be that this little line of money-making is dropping off, now that the oil cost has been factored in for most air operators. But there may still be some benefit in investing in companies which supply airlines. One which comes to mind is Senior (SNR). It is a top-flight engineer which operates in 14 countries. It makes parts for aeroplane engines, including gear that helps air circulate.

TPK
TPK

Travis Perkins Could Perk Up with a Perkier Share Price.

Hello Share Bunnies. Travis Perkins (TPK) the building materials supplier has come onto my radar as a possible worthy punt. We need a lot of building work in this country . We badly need new houses, flats, loft conversions, roads, new railways, new houses and anything which can improve our tired building programmes, which lag so many other countries in Europe

NTG
NTG

My Old Man Said Follow the Van Hirer.

Hello Share Squeezers.  Having recently moved house with the aid of a hired furniture van, I can attest that there is a lot of competition out there. However, there is a large hirer of light commercial vehicles which seems a rather interesting play to me. It’s called Northgate (NTG) and it buys lorries, vans and cars which it rents to businesses and private drivers. Eventually it sells these vehicles. 

SKY
SKY

Look to the Sky for a a Share Worth Watching.

Hello Share Badgers. I like tv companies these days because the army of couch potatoes is on the march. It seems to me that many people are becoming addicted to the box in the corner and it is getting worse.You only have to trawl through the huge list of British channels now on offer to realise that the national appetite for rubbish is amazingly strong.

RMG
RMG

Royal Mail Could Deliver, Thanks to Automation and the On-line Shopping Bug.

Hello Share Springers. I sold my shares in Royal Mail (RMG) ages ago, but my wife hung onto hers. I think so anyway, as I only usually look at my own portfolio. The reason I sold was because I feared competition from a hoard of other companies which seemed happy to cash in on a booming parcel trade. Obviously, the surge in internet shopping is making that little market much more attractive.

CPG
CPG

Why Compass Acts as a Magnet to Long-Term Punters.

Hello Share Twisters. Every so often I return to Compass (CPG) the big caterer and office services provider. The company can be found in offices, factories, schools, hospitals and other such places in about fifty countries. And I like it because this stock continues to bring home the goods.

Fancy Being a Chemical Brother? Look at Cost-Cutting Johnson Matthey.

Hello Share Scratchers. I’m not a great enthusiast for chemicals. I got a GCE in the subject, but never understood the benefits. Also, my dad used to say never eat foods with chemicals in them. And yet the world of elements and compounds is a chemical one and everything in existence can be classed in the realm of chemistry.There’s no doubt that the chemical outfit Johnson Matthey (JMAT) do a lot of good work for the planet. 

MPI
MPI

Michael Page May Be Just the Job for Divi Seekers.

Hello Share Squelchers. You may or may not recall that I am a fan of recruitment agencies. This is because there are more jobs in the UK than ever before. Also, if you are looking for employment, going to an agency is probably the best chance you have. As my son found out, they will find you a temporary job . And that comes without your having to be interviewed by the new employer. Then, in many cases, the job becomes permanent and there you are.

Bearcast

Tom Winnifrith Bonus Bearcast: A 10% yield must be bogus

I refer to Malcolm's article earlier on Anglo American (AAL) HERE where I fear his numbers are not correct. More generally I discuss what a high dividend yield means: is it too good to be true? Usually the answer is, sadly, yes.

AAL
AAL

There's a Huge Divi Here, for Those Brave Enough to Try Mining Again.

Hello Share Scoopers. It takes a bit of nerve these days to invest in a big miner. Many of us have lost a packet as the world commodity market hit the skids a couple of years ago and has yet to recover to a comfortable level.

PMP
PMP

Punt into Portmeirion Pots for Possible Pots of Profit. (Say that Aloud!)

Hello Share Tuggers. Armchair tycoons like us tend to be attracted to sectors which are in the news. The big ones - like banks and oil giants, for example. And we all know what’s been happening to them over the last few years.

PAG
PAG

Is Paragon a Virtue in the Buy-to-Let Market? I Rather Think It Might Be.

Hello Share Spreaders. Paragon (PAG) is a company which lends in niche areas like the buy-to-rent market. As you know, more and more people have to rent because deposits on their own homes are too high and mortgages are still hard to get, even if you are an average wage earner.

Aladdin Isn't the Only One to Make Brass Out of New for Old.

Hello Share Shimmiers. For a long time I've had a policy of not investing in any more techno companies. They were starting to go wrong for me, well most ‘em.

CIU
CIU

Cape is Worth a Bit of Good Hope, If You Think the Oil Price Will Rise.

Hello Share Crunchers. If we assume - and I think this might be a safe bet - that oil prices will perk up, then perhaps we should cast about for shares in the energy game which might ride the rally.

KGF
KGF

A King of the DIY Game Could Fish Out Tasty Profit for the Longer Term Punter.

Hello share swaddledrs. Let’s have a look at a retailer known mostly for DIY - Kingfisher (KGF). It used to be the boss company for Woolworth and B&Q. At one time, it snaffled up Superdrug and Comet. It became known as Kingfisher in the late eighties.

A Chemical Company Which Could Fizz in the Test Tube of your Portfolio.

You may or may not have heard of a great UK company called Synthoma (SYNT). It’s one I’ve usually missed in the  limited number of news sources I keep up with, anyway.

 
SFE
SFE

Safestyle - solid results and the shares march on

Leading retailer and manufacturer of PVCu replacement windows and doors to the UK homeowner market, Safestyle (SFE) has announced results from a“record” 2015 and that so far this year “order intake has been significantly ahead of the same period in 2015 and the board looks forward to further progress in 2016”.

MER
MER

How'd You Like To Be a Mears Cat and Know Where It's At?

Hello Share Skidders. - Mears Group (MER) is a fine company I’ve not looked at for some time. But its prospects looks rather perky at the moment, despite admitting a fall in profits. It has just announced a 12% fall in pre-tax profits, to £378 million. The City expected the drop, so the share price did not tumble.

MRW
MRW

Despite Rising Food Costs, There Are More Reasons to Look at Morrisons.

Hello Share Wangers. It’s a dangerous game commending supermarket shares. I’ve done so before and been largely disappointed. But I do rather like the look of Morrison (MRW).  Though ever since I've held this stock, the price has been ticking down.

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