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IQE Has Become My Riddle of the Sands. Help!

By Malcolm Stacey | Wednesday 9 August 2017

Disclosure: I own shares in one or more of the stocks mentioned. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from ShareProphets). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Hello Share Japers. The riddle over quite why IQE shares keep on rising is no nearer to being solved. Given the lack of news and lack of confirmation of swirling rumours about a big deal with Apple, you would expect the recently-rocketed share price to level off. If not degenerate into the usual ‘lack of news slide’. But each day I log on I am delighted, though at the same time rather alarmed, to see the share price scale new heights.

There are well over 1,000 trades registered every day. On nearly every session, there are far more shares bought than sold. My razor-sharp colleague Nigel Somerville has raised some interesting questions about the way some shares were subsidised a few years ago, but I don’t think that deal has any affect on the current situation.

An IQE big cheese has been moving shares about, consigning some stock to his family. Once again I don’t think that is going to influence the share price either up or down. I am a simple chap and when I see share prices rising, I usually hang onto what I’ve got and even top up.

But we have to remember, gang, that we are talking a company which develops the very latest and most promising tech gear in the communications world. And like every other company on the cutting edge, there may soon come a day when a new kid takes over the block. New technology can fast become out of date. So do we sell all our IQE holding, ‘leaving something to the next man or woman,’ as the saying goes?

Or do we do what ‘Wild Rides’ and ‘Show Me the Money’ advise and sell half. Or do we follow my usual policy of selling the lot after a big jump - one like this? This humble piece is not so much for guidance as to request guidance from you the reader. I am in a complete and nervous state of indecision.

Comfort is needed in the Punter’s Return.

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