Is it all Behind the Four Big British Banks - and which Is the Best One to Back?

Published 50 days ago

Hello, Share Miners. The four big British banks are still avoided like rattlesnakes by many share shifters. But there will come a time when everybody finally forgets what happened in 2008 - and most of the other banking shocks, since.


Lombard Risk Management – “delighted” as signs partnership, but what of financials?

Published 79 days ago

Lombard Risk Management (LRM) is “delighted that OneSavings Bank has chosen Lombard Risk as its partner”. The market though remains somewhat less delighted with Lombard…

Two Big Oilers You Thought Would Skid May Now Gush

Published 92 days ago

Hello, Share Scoopers. Sometimes, gang, it makes sense to include advice from a different source when bringing shares before you for a possible punt. Especially when the other analysts agree with me. The boys and girls at Barclays have repeated an ‘overweight’ commendation for two big oil giants, and I’m glad to say I have chunky holdings in both of them.

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

Published 95 days ago

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.

Pull that Barge, Tote that Bail. Or invest in Gym, the Company Making Dosh from Other's Physically Hard Work

Published 122 days ago

Hello, Share Pursuers. Personally, I avoid gymnasiums like the disembowelling black death. And I've always thought you could save the money by running to the nearest gym, refusing to pay the membership fee and running home again. But gyms are fashionable with the smart set. And it’s the smart set which has the most spare lolly. A very good new BBC1 TV show, which shows you how to live longer, seems to make great use of the gym craze.

Notes from Underground - Pay to play

Published 125 days ago

We're four days into the reader supported ShareProphets and I'd rate it a stunning success. But what lessons are to be learnt are less clear.

The Royal Bank May Regain Its Crown for Making Dosh for Shareholders

Published 166 days ago

Hello, Share Sippers. My Honkers Bonkers (HSBA) shares are rising nicely. But at much less than 800p, they are still way short of previous bests of 1200p. And that was so long ago that Shakespeare was still a lad.

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

Published 177 days ago

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

Proxama – claims now “well positioned”… but has to scramble around to reach even minimum requirement of fundraising

Published 179 days ago

Last writing on Proxama (PROX) I noted new agreement announcements now being seen through – and the shares are currently lower today on the back of “Result of Open Offer” and General Meeting updates…

That Old Question, BP or Not BP, Could Now Be Answered with a Yes

Published 199 days ago

Hello Share Swiggers. I had a lot of money invested in BP (BP.)  shares and was happy as a pig in muck with a galloping share price and juicy dividends. But that was before the big leak in the Gulf of Mexico, followed by a crash in the oil price.

Proxama – dire results, though emphasises “exciting transition” as needs to get away a confetti issuance extraordinaire

Published 203 days ago

Proxama (PROX) “is pleased to announce its Full Year Results for the year ended 31 December 2016” and “pleased to announce the successful completion of an upsized bookbuild for the placing”. Shareholders probably aren’t so pleased – the shares having responded approaching 70% lower, to 0.04p…

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: all Things Fraud and Fright-er-ful

Published 213 days ago

I am pretty much finished here in Greece as I explain in the podcast. And as such I start the journey home tomorrow to spend time in sun-drenched England with the Mrs, Joshua and - of course - Oakley, my utterly pampered three legged cat who is, I gather, now being given iced water to cope with the heat. In this podcast I look at Barclays (BARC), the SFO and the nature of fraud. I look at Thor Mining (THR) where events disgust me and at Ariana Resources (AAU) where I am dissapointed and less accepting than Nigel Somerville is.

For the Record Nomad Cenkos asked to investigate if its client Mercantile Ports & Logistics has committed fraud

Published 213 days ago

There is clear evidence that Mercantile Ports & Logistics (MPL) has misled investors ahead of raising vast amounts of cash on the AIM Casino. Its Nomad Cenkos Securities (of Quindell infamy) appears unconcerned as long as it keeps banking the fees. When this company unravels and goes to zero as it surely will, the shameful way that Lagos Securities has brought the casino into disrepute by ignoring stacks of red flags shown to it, will surely leave it in the merde. A shareholder who happens to be a ports industry specialist has written to Cenkos’s representative for Governance matters Amber Wood (ccing in PR specialist Redleaf which also acted for the Quindell fraud). The damning letter is below. It is truly shocking...

Follow the Fellow Who Follows Tullow

Published 225 days ago

Hello Share Swabbers. I’ve held Tullow Oil (TLW) shares for as long as I can remember. At one stage they were up 120%. Nowadays I’m down by 50%. Like all the other big oil producers the share price has been attacked by the falling value of Brent crude. But Tullow seems to have suffered more than most.

This House Ain't Made of Straw, Like so Many Companies, but Bricks

Published 249 days ago

Hello Share Trudgers. There’s been talk of a collapse in property prices on this august website. As I’ve often posited, I consider this too dire a view of the bricks and mortar game.

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

Published 262 days ago

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

A Few Jolly Good Reasons to Return to BP

Published 278 days ago

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.

Eagle Eye Solutions – interim results & Europe partnership, balance sheet “sufficient”?

Published 312 days ago

Having previously emphasised caution on digital promotions technology company Eagle Eye (EYE), I note the shares currently circa 6% higher today at 145p on the back of results for its half year ended 31st December 2016 and a partnership to deliver digital loyalty solutions in Europe with retail marketing company TCC Global…

Barclays - I hate you bastards

Published 361 days ago

For reasons that we do not need to go into a payment was made into my account which was actually monies belonging to FIML. As such I called my bank to transfer the five figure sum. I bank with Barclays Private Clients International Ltd, a truly premium service. For premium read shite!

Eagle Eye Solutions – seeks to emphasise ‘accelerated growth’, but looks to be cash crunch ahoy!

Published 427 days ago

An AGM update from Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) commences “the year ended 30 June 2016 saw continued progress against the group's strategic and operational objectives. The significant contracts won and the developments to our software platform mean that we entered FY17 with strong momentum”. Sounds promising, but…

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

Published 432 days ago

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.

Notes from Underground: Bear with us

Published 482 days ago

You'll notice that Tom has written the top 23 articles this week and recorded a Bearcast daily plus several Postcards on his personal site. This is what Tom calls 'paternity leave.'

Dare We Invest in a British Bank? Have Another Look at Barclays

Published 485 days ago

Hello Share Pushers. Barclays Bank is one of those shares I’ve held for years and years and rather wish I didn’t. No sooner do I top up then another bombshell, usually to do with world economics, hits - and down the shares come again. Were it not for the divi, I might have gone round and lambasted a director or two.

Cheer Up You Gloomy Lot! The Future Could Be Bright

Published 539 days ago

Hello Share Sponsors. As I write the price of Brent crude is $43  a barrel. That’s a lot worse than the $51 dollars it reached a few months ago. And the fall has been reflected in the share price of nearly all oil companies. For example, the share price of Royal Dutch Sell (RSDA) is off by about 5%.

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

Published 557 days ago

Hello Share Scrummers. In my humble opinion, British banks are among the biggest bargains in Shareland at the mo. Though I was in two minds about foisting this opinion on you, as banks have a marvellous talent for letting us down. They’ve been doing that steadily since the big crashes of 2007 and 8. But I really do think the shares have been oversold since the result of the Brexit vote. They fell a heck of a lot. Without their failure, the Footsie which eventually rocketed on the decision to leave the EU, would have been near the elusive 7000 level by now.

Hornby – self-declared “disappointing” results, can further new money fund a recovery?

Published 577 days ago

Hobby and toy products group Hornby (HRN) has announced results from an “extremely challenging” year, along with a placing and open offer to fund a new business plan which it is “confident… can be delivered successfully and that Hornby can return to being a profitable and cash generative business which will progress to delivering shareholder value”. Hmmm…

Filtronic – “Trading Update”; it reckons “strong”, but is it?

Published 578 days ago

Electronics products for the wireless telecoms infrastructure and adjacent markets-focused Filtronic (FTC) has released a “Trading Update” announcement emphasising “a strong sequential second half (to 31st May 2016) performance” and helping the shares up currently approaching 7.5%, to 10.875p, in response. Let’s take a look…

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

Published 605 days ago

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.

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

Published 626 days ago

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.

Hornby – seemingly now reliant on “constructive dialogue with Barclays Bank”, Hmmm…

Published 660 days ago

Following a dire profit warning last month and the Chief Executive subsequently “stepping down”, an “Update on Banking Covenants and Trading” from hobby products company Hornby (HRN) sees the shares currently 8% higher today. Does this though look justified?…

Notes from Underground - The Gutter Press

Published 685 days ago

The old media loves picking up on our investigations, like Quindell or Chris Oil's oil empire, or Globo, which we love, except when they don't credit us, which we don't.

Dividend Slashed, but I'm Banking on Barclays Share Price to Bounce Back.

Published 689 days ago

Hello Share Trundlers. The real reason why Barclay’s (BARC) share price fell so sharply on its results is that the dividend was cut by more than a half. This whammy was compounded by the company’s forecast that this state of affairs would continue for a year or two.


Tom Winnifrith Bearcast St David's Day: Sheep Porn, Barclays & More Horse Shite

Published 689 days ago

In today's St David's Day podcast I wish my Welsh listeners a happy national day and - especially for you - discuss why sheep porn matters. I then move onto Horse Hill and today's news and why Ben Turney and the other silly rampers are talking shit.  To make it simple, I use the analogy of Ms Cheryl Cole and Mr Wayne Rooney. I discuss African Potash (AFPO), letters of credit and thus Environmental Recycling (ENRT) and its fellow FRAUD Eden Research (EDEN). Its PR man Queenie McManus is - I assume - still smearing me as he chats to his pals the Bulletin Board Morons - but the company refuses to meet for an interview. What - other than fraud - is it hiding? I discuss Greka Drilling (GDL) as it heads down the pan and - after today's results from Barclays (BARC) - banks in general and why Old Getafix is wrong to be such a bull.

Telecom Plus – is this Red Flag anything to worry about?

Published 705 days ago

Shares in fully listed Telecom Plus (TEP) seem to have fallen off a bit a cliff over the last few weeks. I’ve not seen anything terrible in the way of RNSs to explain it and although falls in the wider market would contribute to weakness a 20% drop seems hefty. But I did turn up something at Companies House which I think the company should explain.

Barclays: I know Americans are all fat but you are utterly useless

Published 711 days ago

I am meant to have a Premier account with Barclays (BARC) in the Isle of Man. Fear not I declare my net interest ( bugger all) each year as I keep sod all in the account. But this Premier service is dire and has tormented me for 24 hours.

Whisper it quietly but large listed UK banks are looking interesting for 2016

Published 802 days ago

With Santa apparently due to make his big arrival at my local garden centre next Saturday the starting gun has been fired for the rundown to the end of the year. And for the medium-term investor in me this only means one thing: which sectors, themes and stocks are looking interesting for 2016?

BREAKING: Globo – where’s the cash, has Barclays already pulled the plug?

Published 814 days ago

Bulls of Globo (GBO) console themselves that there might still be 45 million Euro cash left to provide some share price support. We shall see. We will find out because it now seems certain that Barclays bank has already demanded repayment of its outstanding loans as we can reveal documents downloaded from companies’ house.

Three Dwarves and a Giant Make Jack All Right.

Published 845 days ago

Hello Share Sliders.When I chose four shares to recommend to my student son Jack three weeks ago, he did his own research. Then he decided my suggestions were ok and piled in. He had £1,000 to play with, money he’d saved by chamber maid-ing at the holiday flats next door. So that was £250 in each company?

Your Spread or Mine? Beating the Chasm Twixt Buy and Sell Costs.

Published 849 days ago

Hello Share Putters. One thing that really stops us making as much as we should - and worse, can put us off buying penny shares altogether - is the obscene size of some of the spreads.

Barclays; brutal sacking of CEO, but is it a buy?

Published 927 days ago

This morning, Barclays (BARC) sacked its Chief Executive Antony Jenkins. In a ruthless move, spearheaded by Deputy Chairman Sir Michael Rake, it seems that Jenkins’ vision for the bank did not match the ambitions of the rest of the board. Jenkins wanted to scale back the company’s global investment banking arm, while the board wants to grow this arm aggressively in the pursuit of “profit improvement”. Barclays shares are up 3%, as of writing, at 259p. The market welcomes this move, but should investors follow suit?

Buy Banks in the Shadow of the Greek Tragedy.

Published 928 days ago

Hello Share Twitchers. There’s not much of an appetite to buy shares at the mo. The Greek vote was a step into the unknown, and that’s for sure.

Hard to Believe – but RBS Shares Are Still Only Worth 4% of What They Once Were.

Published 974 days ago

Hello Share Shapers. While composing an essay about RBS (RBS), I found myself writing that their shares are now only worth 4% of what they used to fetch before the great credit crunch of 2008.

Bulletin Board Moron of the Week 10 – in Honour of Motley Fool Quindell Moron Prabhat Sakya

Published 1084 days ago

Prabhat Sakya writes for Motley Fool and thinks that Quindell (QPP) is a good yield play on a PE of 1.2 and thus has sold his Barclays shares to buy more Quenron – words fail me. Just to show that morons do not obnly post on the I bring you Prabhat’s latest pearls of wisdom as a treat. It is a hoot. Do you think you kind find anyone thicker than Prabhat posting sheer lunacy on a Bulletin Board? If so please post those gems in the comments section below – deadline midnight 1st February.

Monitise plc - "Trading Update" & "Strategic Review", aka 'Revenue Warning' & 'Up For Sale'

Published 1093 days ago

Again suggesting the potential value of short position data such as HERE, shares in Monitise plc (MONI) currently trade at 13.375p - having reached 80p less than a year ago. This is on the back of an announcement of revenue for the first half of its year to 30th June 2015 of £42.4 million (H1 2014: £46.5 million), that “FY 2015 revenue is expected to be between £90-100m (FY 2014: £95.1m) compared with previous guidance of at least 25% growth” and that the company is commencing a review of its options “in light of recent share-price weakness, shareholder feedback and industry developments”. The following reviews…

Malcolm Stacey’s Share Tip of the Year Number 1: Buy Lloyds Banking Group at 77p

Published 1122 days ago

Lloyds (LLOY) is a bank which deserves a better share price. Its shares reached 86p in 2014, which was a huge improvement on its best performance in the year before.

In the market bloodbath…filtering the larger caps (part 1)

Published 1130 days ago

Stockmarkets are always full of surprises and many overpaid pundits have been caught the wrong way during December as those longed for quiet, lengthy ‘business development’ lunches and a half day off to watch the school nativity play has been augmented by a bit of proper volatility. 

Barclays Reports £1.59 Billion Q3 profit – buy, sell or hold?

Published 1177 days ago

Barclays (BARC) revealed third quarter profits above forecasts today, at £1.59 billion, up 14% from the £1.39 billion last year. It wasn’t all good news however, as a Saudi businessman is suing the company for $10 billion in damages, and a £670 million pounds provision was made for rigging forex and PPI mis-selling.

UK Banks Pass Stress Test but Eurozone Worries Remain

Published 1180 days ago

Thankfully all the UK Banks have passed their stress tests, however Lloyds only just managed to. The tests were implemented by the European Central Bank, and were designed to see if they could cope with a three year downturn. 130 banks in all were tested, with 25 failing, a large proportion of which were Italian. Monte dei Paschi was a notable Italian failure, and its shares have tumbled down 20% today. Regulators have banned all short selling of its stock.

Bearish Gold Sentiment Sets in with Better U.S. Labour Market and Gold ETP Outflow

Published 1206 days ago

The U.S. Comex gold futures fell 5.91% during September and 8.43% in Q3. The monthly loss was the worst since June 2013. Year-to-date, the gold futures have risen just about 0.70%. On the contrary, the Dollar Index jumped 3.85% in September and 7.72% in Q3, the largest quarterly rise since Q3 in 2008. The S&P 500 Index has dropped almost two percent since reaching an intra-day peak of 2,019 on 19 September.

The Practical Process of Buying a Share Part Three

Published 1222 days ago

Now to part three of this three part series and a matter on which I have spent three hours tackling today with a share.

Is Barclays the Best of the Banks?

Published 1225 days ago

Barclays (BARC) shares are trading at 224.95p on a PE which is hard to determine and a yield of 2.89%.  Buy, sell or hold?

Let’s Dare Try Bank Shares Again.

Published 1263 days ago

Hello Share Shakers: The banks have had a hard time of it. Yes, I know that's a kind way of putting it. No sooner do they overcome one set-back than the next one raises an ugly head. At the moment, the big worry is that some overbearing authority will bang in another ludicrously big fine.

Where we are now with my eight most recent share tips?

Published 1266 days ago

A week ago I published a review of the status of some of my tips I originally made a few months ago (here ).  So how about some of the more recent names I have mentioned? I am happy to say that on balance I am, well ahead!

Close Brothers at 1,285p, buy the recent weakness

Published 1267 days ago

Close Brothers (CBG) the small City banking, jobber (in smaller cap. shares under the Winterflood banner) and investment manager has just produced it close season trading statement, which surprised and pleased the market. In recent months the shares have been trading down; probably on the basis that that competition was increasing with the return of the poisoned legacy banks to more lending (e.g. RBS) and the growth of new lenders giving the UK banking a greater, more diverse and competitive market. The share price, last seen, was 1302p having come down from the last twelve month peak of 1503p, Over the year the share price rose 23% against the FTSE 100 Index rise of only 3.1%. After a period in the doldrums when the shares underperformed a sluggish market (up only 2% in the last six months) the share price is now perking up again.  

Banks, Houses and Jobs – All Badly Handled and Dire for Shares.

Published 1302 days ago

These British banks are a bummer, aren’t they? Why can’t they do something positive for shareholders like us? The price just won’t rise. Even though they seemed to be out of the mire now. The trouble is nobody trusts them. So, though their price to earnings ratios are very low now, the big buyers are staying away.

My New TSB Shares Will Have To Go.

Published 1303 days ago

Hello Share Folks. A week or so ago, we were all considering whether to invest in the TSB (TSB) float. In fact, the sale was a massive 10 times over-subscribed

ASOS plc – brokers wrong before, are they wrong again?

Published 1319 days ago

Following the most recent profit warning and share price decline from ASOS plc (ASC), a number of brokers have updated with a positive stance on the shares. Are the City community right now having also largely been positive at much higher prices previously (see HERE)? Er...

Sell Barclays: Below 300p Plus Resistance Could Lead Towards 240p

Published 1737 days ago

There are not many who would deny that it has been a decent price ride for Barclays (BARC) shares since last summer – ironically since we were treated to the Libor scandal that people already seem to have forgotten about.


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