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Barclays sets aside £500m for FX “investigations” as profits rise 5%

30 October 2014

Barclays has put aside £500m to cover any potential fines over foreign exchange rate rigging. In its interim results published this morning the bank reported that group adjusted profit before tax increased 5% to [...]

Halloween stock picks which could be winners but are still not for the faint hearted‏

27 October 2014

With Halloween fast approaching, Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, picks four high risk stocks that have the characteristics to give investors a fright… Modern Water A [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: BP, Lloyds, Next & Barclays

27 October 2014

Given the recent volatility in the oil price, investors will be on the look out for some positive news from BP when it updates the market on Tuesday with its [...]

Lloyds expected to axe 9,000 jobs over the coming three years as part of strategic review

23 October 2014

Lloyds Banking Group is reportedly planning to axe some 9,000 jobs – around 10% of its entire workforce over the coming three years. According to BBC News, details of the [...]

Tesco chairman steps down as group confirms it actually overestimated its half year profits by £263m

23 October 2014

Shares in troubled supermarket giant Tesco have fallen sharply in early morning trading as the embattled retailer confirmed that it actually overestimated its half year-profits by £263m – £13m more [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Tesco, GlaxoSmithKline & Unilever

20 October 2014

Investors will be eagerly looking for some clarification on the troubles engulfing supermarket giant Tesco when it reports its first half results on Thursday. Shares in the embattled firm have [...]

Weak corporate earnings and the strength of sterling drags UK dividend growth to a standstill

20 October 2014

UK dividend growth practically ground to a halt in the three months to the end of September as the strong pound, weak corporate earnings and a sluggish global economy took [...]

Three options for investors to ride out FTSE turmoil

17 October 2014

With the stockmarket in turmoil, investors are being forced to make some tough decisions: what should you do with your investments? Yesterday, the FTSE 100 entered a technical correction falling [...]

Rolls-Royce shares slump on profit warning

17 October 2014

Shares in Rolls-Royce (RR) tumbled this morning the company announced it would not return to profit next year. Despite the FTSE 100 continuing yesterday’s late rally and opening 1% higher [...]

FTSE 100 in ‘technical correction’ territory as it falls 10% from recent high

16 October 2014

The FTSE 100 index of the UK’s top firms fell a further 100 points on Thursday, taking it into technical correction territory. The blue-chip index hit a recent high of [...]

Tesco shares slide as legendary investor Warren Buffet slashes his stake

16 October 2014

Berkshire Hathaway the investment company owned by renowned investor Warren Buffett has offloaded more than 245 million shares in troubled supermarket giant Tesco. In a statement issued to the London [...]

Utility group Telecom Plus a ‘buy’ following share price drop say brokers

15 October 2014

Brokers are getting behind utility provider Telecom Plus with its shares currently rated a ‘strong buy’ according to the market consensus. The firm, which provides a wide range of utility [...]

Is small cap M&A about to take off asks AXA IM

14 October 2014

Henry Lowson, manager of the AXA Framlington UK Smaller Companies fund, outlines why he believes the stage is set for small caps to flourish below. M&A trickling down the market [...]

Burberry still a buy underpinned by Asian middle class says the Share Centre

14 October 2014

The Share Centre says it backs Burberry as a buy despite some economic headwinds facing Europe. Investment research analyst Helal Miah says: “Burberry reported first half numbers which were in-line [...]

Inmarsat tipped by the Share Centre

13 October 2014

The Share Centre has picked Inmarsat as its share of the week. Investment research manager Sheridan Admans says that the global provider of mobile satellite communications services showed in its [...]

Inmarsat tipped by the Share Centre

13 October 2014

The Share Centre has picked Inmarsat as its share of the week. Investment research manager Sheridan Admans says that the global provider of mobile satellite communications services showed in its [...]

FTSE 8% below September peak, but there are reasons to be positive

10 October 2014

Investor confidence is being battered at the FTSE 100 continues its downward trajectory, sitting 8% below its September peak. The benchmark index has suffered four days of consecutive falls leaving [...]

The Share Centre suggests five UK stocks that should do well this winter

8 October 2014

A leading stock broker has compiled a list of what it is calling its winter stock picks. Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, has compiled a list [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Marston’s, FirstGroup & Vedanta Resources

6 October 2014

Marston’s latest sales tally will be front and centre when the FTSE 250 listed pub group delivers a pre-close trading update on Wednesday. Shares in the brewer, whose history goes [...]

Easyjet increases profit guidance on back of Air France strikes

3 October 2014

Budget airline Easyjet has reported a strong summer season after benefitting from Air France strikes and a refining of its no-frills approach to flying. Analysts are looking favourably on Easyjet [...]

FTSE bounces after yesterday’s slump to new 2014 low

3 October 2014

The FTSE has gained 1% in early morning trading after slumping to its lowest point since 13 December yesterday. Yesterday the FTSE closed down 111 points, or 1.69%, at 6446 [...]

US bank stress tests to “lose importance” to investors…

2 October 2014

Simon Laing, head of US equities at Invesco Perpetual, looks at how much benefit banks will get from rate rises and how much capital can be returned to shareholders… It’s [...]

Challenger bank Virgin Money announces IPO but private investors are excluded from sale

2 October 2014

Challenger bank Virgin Money has today announced plans to float on the London Stock Exchange but private investors will be excluded from the sale writes Philip Scott. In a statement, [...]

Three stock picks from F&C European Small Cap manager Sam Cosh

29 September 2014

Sam Cosh, manager of the F&C European Small Cap Fund highlights three stocks he is currently finding attractive Profiting from pints The recent Scottish referendum has highlighted the strong patriotism [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Sainsbury’s, Wolseley & Compass

29 September 2014

Given the headwinds the UK’s supermarket sector is facing and the debacle presently engulfing Tesco, investors will be eager to hear how business at Sainsbury’s is holding up when it [...]

Banknote printer De La Rue faces uphill struggle after shock profit warning

26 September 2014

Shares analysts and brokers have reacted badly to the surprise profit warning from banknote printer and passport manufacturer De Le Rue (DLAR) this morning. Shares plunged 26% on news that [...]

What next for travel and leisure stocks? Broker thoughts and tips…

25 September 2014

As travel and leisure companies start to update the market Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, shares his views on the sector… A steady recovery in consumer [...]

Do Tesco shares actually represent a big buying opportunity?

25 September 2014

Given the troubles Tesco is facing the market consensus on the shares may well be in ‘sell’ territory but a number of contrarian investors are seeing value in the embattled [...]

The Royal Mint launches bullion trading service

22 September 2014

UK coin maker The Royal Mint has launched its very own online bullion trading service for retail investors. At individuals can buy gold and silver through the site which [...]

Brokers tip plastic packaging supplier RPC as a ‘buy’

22 September 2014

It may not be the most recognisable name on the stockmarket but brokers are tipping plastic packaging supplier RPC as a company to watch. The FTSE 250 listed firm, which [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly share watch: Carnival & United Utilities

22 September 2014

Investors will be hoping the more benign economic backdrop will mean some good news is forthcoming when cruise operator Carnival updates the market with its third quarter results on Tuesday. [...]

Tesco shares plummet as supermarket reveals it overshot profit forecast by £250m

22 September 2014

Shares in Tesco have nosedived as the business reveals it had overestimated its half-year profits by some £250m. The troubled group has launched an internal review into the matter and [...]

Retail investors should be wary of Alibaba hype if they have missed out on the ‘IPO pop’

17 September 2014

Chris Beauchamp, Market Strategist at IG Group, discusses what to look out for in Alibaba’s upcoming IPO:  Alibaba’s IPO is finally upon us, and the hype and enthusiasm is still [...]

Retailer Phones 4u goes into administration as EE and Vodafone pull business

15 September 2014

Retailer Phones 4u has gone into administration putting nearly 5,600 jobs at risk after EE and Vodafone unexpectedly pulled their business from the group. Vodafone ceased trading contrasts via Phones [...]

Broker tips automobile software group Incadea for adventurous investors

15 September 2014

Stockbroker The Share Centre is tipping rising software group Incadea for intrepid investors willing to take on some risk. Founded in 2000 in Germany, where the company’s research and development [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly share watch: ASOS, Smiths Group & Investec

15 September 2014

After suffering a severe fall in the value of their shares ASOS investors will be looking for some light at the end of the tunnel when the online retailer delivers [...]

St Leger’s Day share tips: Randgold Resources, GlaxoSmithKline & RPC Group

11 September 2014

On the back of the apparent market lull over the summer months, the old City adage asserts that investors should “sell in May and go away, don’t come back until [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly share watch: Kingfisher, Barratt Developments, Morrison & Home Retail Group

8 September 2014

After unveiling some poor numbers earlier this year, shareholders will be eager to hear how B&Q owner Kingfisher is progressing when it delivers its half-year results this Wednesday. The past [...]

Standard Life to return £1.7bn to shareholders at 73p a share. What are the tax implications?

4 September 2014

Standard Life plc is to sell its’ Canadian business to a subsidiary of Manulife for approximately £2.2 billion. Standard Life will return £1.75bn to shareholders through a return of cash [...]

Better days ahead for Europe’s banking sector?

3 September 2014

Justin Bisseker, European banks analyst, at fund manager Schroders discusses a significant autumn of developments in the European banking sector, which should be beneficial for the sector and the broader [...]

Tesco in trouble after profit warning and divi cut but analysts hold on

29 August 2014

Poor trading has forced Tesco to issue another profit warning and slash its dividend 75%, but analysts have not given up hope just yet. The shock announcement marks the second [...]

Brokers tip Melrose Industries as group announces 9% rise in profits

28 August 2014

Brokers have come out in support of Melrose Industries as the firm’s half-year profits rise by 8.6%. Analysts at Investec Securities, Canaccord Genuity and The Share Centre have all reiterated [...]

Pound shop retailers not offering value to potential shareholders

27 August 2014

Pound shops may not offer value or at least not to equity investors with fierce competition environment and a struggle to increase margins due to their cost cutting measures argues [...]

Brokers back UK house-builder Taylor Wimpey

21 August 2014

Confidence is growing in Taylor Wimpey as analysts at The Share Centre upgrade their recommendation on the house-builder’s shares to a ‘buy’. While its stock is off by 10% over [...]

BHP Billiton – shares not capital on offer from demerger – but The Share Centre still says ‘Buy’

19 August 2014

Mining giant BHP Billiton plans to spin-off some of its assets into a new (£8.4bn) metals and mining company specialising in aluminium, coal, manganese, nickel, and silver. BHP Billiton will [...]

Is it time for investors to once again look at UK banking stocks?

18 August 2014

The UK’s banking sector has been vastly under-owned in recent years but with good reason. Almost six years on since US banking giant Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, many investors [...]

Randgold Resouces tipped for investors willing to ride the volatility of bullion

18 August 2014

As the price of bullion enjoys a rebound broker interest in African gold mining and exploration group Randgold Resources is accelerating. Following a caustic period in 2013, the price of [...]

Risky AIM shares prove to be a young investor’s game

18 August 2014

Just 12 months down the road since the Chancellor George Osborne opened the gates for investors to put AIM stocks into ISAs, new research shows it is the younger generations [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly share watch: Persimmon, BHP Billiton, Home Depot & AGA Rangemaster

18 August 2014

With the UK’s housing market showing no real signs of dramatically cooling-off investors will be keen to hear how home-builder Persimmon has enjoyed the reinvigorated backdrop when it reports its [...]

Glencore still attractive for medium risk investors says The Share Centre

13 August 2014

Glencore remains attractive for investors willing to accept a medium level of risk says The Share Centre. The broker says Glencore’s mixed production report is similar to the first quarter [...]

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