As Expected, the Big Tool Firm Posts Chipper Results, but the Shares Still Seem Chirpy Cheap Cheap

Published 17 days ago

Hello, Share Climbers. I said I may go back to Ashtead (AHT), the tool and building plant hire company - and latest numbers yesterday look good to me. However, we all know it’s quite rare for a company’s share price to rise on reporting its latest results - and as I write the shares are down 2.5%. So let’s take a look at the results and see if we now have a buying opportunity, enhanced by the day’s drop in share price...

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

Published 18 days ago

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

Ashtead, the Builder's Friend, May Build back its Fallen Share Price Again

Published 72 days ago

Hello Share Trouncers. About two years ago, I sold this family’s shares in Ashtead (AHT). After consulting this very website, I could not see how its meteoric rise could be sustained. We took a big profit. But then, as so often happens to shares which seem overvalued, the share price continued to soar. But while I suffered many months of kicking myself, the share price then did what it should have done all along and crashed back to 1800p - the price at which I sold the lot. Then it fell even more...

Ashtead – good...but I feel I can do better

Published 102 days ago

A year ago I was a little early in saying it was time to sell/take profits in Ashtead (AHT) at the twenty quid level...but I can live with this given the good and nicely profitable bump in the share beforehand. Now the share price is just under the seventeen quid level and this has piqued my interest again because the rental of industrial goods is a growth business and Ashtead has a very decent market position in both the UK and especially the US...

In a Scary Market, Protecting Yourself and Grabbing the Opportunities Hold Equal Sway. Here's How I'm Playing It.

Published 161 days ago

Hello, Share Scrapers. Who among us isn't a bit spooked by issues affecting the global economy? But what should we do to protect ourselves - and make the most of any opportunities? Well, after doing the research and basing predictions on it, this is what I think.

Ashtead Has Tooled Up Big Money for Many of Us, But Can it Continue?

Published 271 days ago

Hello Share Smashers. If I haven't covered Ashtead (AHT) for some time, it's because I sold the shares. And yet I wished I'd waited a bit longer.

Speedy Hire is Tooled Up to Follow Ashtead's Bumper Share Success in the Profitable Hire Game

Published 281 days ago

Hello, Share Crimpers. Many of us have made a bit of a killing with shares in Ashtead (AHT), the British company which hires out tools and plant to builders here and in the USA. Of course, it’s not the only player in what seems to be a pretty profitable game.

Aggreko - my latest investment sad-o Buy

Published 382 days ago

Another busy week of UK corporate reporting. I could write about Ashtead (AHT) again but frankly I called it a take profits a quarter ago at twenty quid a share and in early trading today it is below this level again...and the CFO has decided to exit. The latter event all looks very orderly but the as good as it gets feeling lingers. I could also write about my old mucker DS Smith (SMDS).

Ashtead - 'making' or 'made' it happen?

Published 466 days ago

I have had the horn about Ashtead (AHT) shares for a while now, as noted during my write-up a quarter ago. Another quarter, another update...and boy has it continued to clean up with profits ahead of hopes, assisted by the post hurricane-related spend that tends to benefit the construction equipment and related rental business that the company specialises in.

Looking for Another Soaraway Ashtead? Take a Peek at This Speedy Set-Up

Published 472 days ago

Hello Share Crumblers. When Ashtead (AHT) rose to 1700p, I thought enough was enough. I sold because I could not see Big Donald’s infrastructure plans coming to much. Ashtead, you’ll recall, is big in the construction industry in the USA. But the share is now tickling the 2000p mark. So a mistake there. Except that it’s never wrong to take a profit. And in this case it was, for me, at least a 10 bagger. But Ashtead is not the only company which hires out tools and plant to builders. Which brings me to today’s commendation.

Ashtead's awesome strategy and numbers... so what to do now with the shares?

Published 648 days ago

I last mused about industrial plant and tool hire company Ashtead (AHT) fourteen months ago, since when the shares have basically doubled. Happy days...but no resting on the laurels because correctly you should be asking the question of 'so what do we do right here and right now?' Fortunately, the company puckered up its full year results today so all the latest information is to hand.

Stay Alert - if Your Shares Have Links Back in the USA

Published 789 days ago

Hello Share Tickers. The big change of presidents in the USA has frightened some investors into thinking that any stocks with links to America are to be avoided. At least until we become a bit clearer as to what’s what.

So Long Ashtead. Your Last Share Hike Led Me to Take Hefty Profits

Published 795 days ago

Hello Share Movers. After a long and happy relationship, I’ve dumped all this family’s shares in the tool and plant hire company Ashtead (AHT). There are fair reasons, I feel. Though they are nothing to do with the company itself.

Do You Hold Shares with an American Connection? Watch Out for a Possible Donald Effect.

Published 815 days ago

Hello Share Tremblers.  As I hold many shares in British companies which do a lot of business in the USA, perhaps I should be getting cautious. Maybe I should beware the Trump effect in the New Year.

In the 12 Days to Xmas, Review Your Shares A-Leaping

Published 827 days ago

Hello Share Pickers. I'm in the middle of one of those interminable train journeys where you pass loads of familiar town names everybody knows, but where nobody ever stops. In this case Wilmslow, Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow, Crewe, Craven Arms etc. Well, have you ever been there?


Why Galloping Ashtead is More than Another Brick in the Wall

Published 842 days ago

Hello Share Pickers. Perhaps my favourite Footsie share is Ashtead (AHT). It was only recently that I brought it to your attention again. But I've thought of a few more encouraging vibes that you might like to hear about.

Donald and Mexico. Will It Strike a Sour Note with Sugary Giant Tate and Lyle?

Published 862 days ago

Hello Share Crashers. It seems to me that there is a headwind against the over-consumption of sugar. The Government warns against eating too much and so do all sorts of health writers. And when what you sell is under scrutiny, then you have to be concerned about future profits.

The Great Wall of Mexico and the Big Jump in Ashtead shares

Published 863 days ago

Hello Share Scotchers. Well, that was unexpected! I don’t mean that Donald is the next president. But the fact that one of my all time favourites, Ashtead (AHT) leapt ahead on the news.

Wonderful Ashtead Builds on Share Soaring Success and Deserves a Look

Published 934 days ago

Hello Share Toilers. One of the best shares to hold at the mo, in my humble opinion, is Ashtead (AHT). It has burst through yet another all-time new high as I write. And there’s still more to go I fancy. After all, the P/E ratio I have is still less than 16.

Travis Perkins Could Build Fast After its Big Brexit Bash

Published 949 days ago

Hello Share Tillers. There can be little doubt now that the Footsie will burst through the all-important 7,000 mark this week. But we still have the problem of what shares to pick, even in a tangible bull market like this. I almost said a 'healthy' bull market, but we all have to be cautious in these uncertain days.

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

Published 968 days ago

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

Travis Perkins Could Perk Up with a Perkier Share Price.

Published 1061 days ago

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

Ashtead: taking advantage of shabby peers

Published 1064 days ago

What characteristics do you like to see in an equity?  How about revenue and profit growth, free cash flow generation, relatively modest debt levels, an experienced and sensible management team, taking market share against peers and a good capability this could continue over the next few years?  And how about for the icing on the cake: a low valuation and increasing dividend capability?

Coming Down Santa Claus Lane - a Few Shares I Hope St Nick Will Put in My Stocking.

Published 1187 days ago

Hello Share Helpers. Not long to go now before Santa calls. But I’m not sure it will as sumptuous a Yule celebration as normal in Stacey Towers. It’s not really been a good year and that applies to most of us, I fear.

Build on America's Building Revival by Eyeing Up Ashtead the Mighty.

Published 1246 days ago

Hello Share Pushers. Firms with a strong connection to America are doing well at the moment. Signet (SIG), the sparkling jeweler keeps on putting on value. Which is quite understandable, as I sold all my holding last month.

Plunge Into Ashtead Before Its Results Next Week.

Published 1383 days ago

Hi Share Sorters. A firm I’m often promoting to your attention is Ashtead (AHT). It’s a very big outfit -on both sides of the Big Pond. It hires out tools and plant, mostly to the building trade.

A list of the Very Few Firms Who Passed My Toughest Test.

Published 1429 days ago

Hello Share Shockers. I’ve regaled you in this modest column before with some of the best advice you could ever pick up. That is: to track down and invest in those star companies which grow their profits every year that comes round.

The Importance of Identifying Shares Too Slow to Rise and Too Quick to Fall.

Published 1473 days ago

Hello Share Swingers. When it comes to larger companies, their share prices often seem to be on a pair of kitchen scales.

Ashtead... United Rentals downgrades appear ominous

Published 1494 days ago

Pursuant to a series of downgrades over recent months to United Rentals (URI US, market cap $8.7 billion), I shorted a little Ashtead (AHT) - with a market cap of £5.5 billion. After all, one would imagine that those closer to home know the score.

Is This the Most Reliable Share-Picking Method Ever?

Published 1514 days ago

Hello Share Plinkers. What is the most reliable way of telling if a company will keep on piling on share value and doling out ever fatter dividends? Wouldn't you like to know? Well, we all would.

Shun Europe and Hit the American Connection.

Published 1531 days ago

Hello Share Poppers. I am steering clear of all shares with heavy business links to the rest of Europe.

Support the Tool Hire Firm that Knows the Drill.

Published 1537 days ago

Hello Share Funsters. At the risk of boring you so early in 2015, I'm returning to my drum banging for Ashtead (AHT).

Ashtead Share Price Keeps On Building

Published 1578 days ago

Hello Share Shufflers. Let's take another peek at one of my all-time great shares. The company hires out building and industrial tools and gear and, though it's a British firm, it does a lot of business in the currently buoyant USA.

How Those Wily Americans Are Proving Me Wrong.

Published 1636 days ago

Hello Share Dabblers. I think I may have spoken too soon when a said not that long ago that the USA was losing its grip on the world economy.

Why our American Dream Might Sour.

Published 1655 days ago

Hello Share Shiners. It is exceptionally galling to me that my wife’s portfolio is doing better than mine. I would like to report that this is a temporary situation, but it ain’t really. She’s been ahead for about a year.

Ashtead Shares Keep Building – and the Party Is Just Beginning.

Published 1668 days ago

Hello Share Grinders: Ashtead (AHT) is a go-ahead company which hires out tools and bigger gear to the building industry.What they supply will always be in demand because this kind of thing is pricey and builders, who often can only keep going by taking big loans, like to keep their costs down. Hiring the heavy stuff is a good way of doing it.


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