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Alliance Trust lands another blow in battle with hedge fund

17 April 2015

Alliance Trust chair Karin Forseke has written to shareholders to urged them to vote against plans proposed by the trust’s biggest shareholder, stating that Elliott Advisors are not working in [...]

Tesco results: can ‘Drastic Dave’ save the supermarket giant?

17 April 2015

Next week, investors in supermarket giant Tesco will see whether the new boss ‘Drastic Dave’ has managed to halt the two year nightmare they have endured.   Full year 2014 [...]

Supermarket group Morrisons to axe 720 head office jobs

16 April 2015

Shares in Morrisons dipped on Thursday afternoon after the supermarket group announced it was to cut 720 roles at its Bradford head office. At its headquarters, where the number of [...]

Unilever’s sales boost represents good news for investors

16 April 2015

As Unilever provides a first quarter trading update, Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what it means for investors… On Thursday consumer goods giant Unilever cheered [...]

US banking giant Goldman Sachs boasts best three month revenues in four years

16 April 2015

US investment banking giant Goldman Sachs has reported that quarterly revenues at the firm jumped to their highest level in four years during the first three months of 2015. In [...]

Shares in Debenhams rise as retailer boasts 4.3% increase in pre-tax profits

16 April 2015

Shares in Debenhams jumped almost 5% following its announcement that pre-tax profits at the group rose 4.3% to £88.9m in the six months to end of February. On Thursday the [...]

Discount hotel chain Travelodge reports 63% jump in annual earnings

13 April 2015

Travelodge has reported a significant jump in earnings some three years after it faced ruin. On Monday the discount hotel group announced that its underlying earnings has surged by 63.5% [...]

Despite share price rally Royal Dutch Shell is a ‘buy’

13 April 2015

Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, highlights why he believes Royal Dutch Shell is worth investors’ attention… As the largest listed company in the UK, Royal Dutch [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Burberry, Persimmon & Debenhams

13 April 2015

Wednesday sees Burberry deliver its latest market update and shareholders will be eager to hear how the luxury fashion retailer is holding up in the face of a number of headwinds. Sheridan [...]

Majestic Wine upgraded to ‘buy’ after acquisition

10 April 2015

Investec analysts have upgraded Majestic Wine after it announced it is acquiring Naked Wines.   The £70 million deal will combine Naked Wines’ online expertise and Majestic’s national network of [...]

Watch out for the growing list of ‘exceptional’ items in company results

2 April 2015

Every results season offers The Value Perspective the opportunity – the obligation even – to work through a wide range of announcements to see how companies are getting on financially [...]

Marks & Spencer shares jump as sales get back on track

2 April 2015

Shares in Marks & Spencer jumped in early trading on Thursday as the retailer announced that sales rose by almost 2% over the past three months. By 09:13am the High [...]

Share tips: Five European growth “gems” you may have missed

30 March 2015

European equities have been in the sweet spot so far in 2015, with the asset class supported by a number of tailwinds – such as the falling euro, lower oil [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Kingfisher, Marks & Spencer & Booker

30 March 2015

Investors will be keen to hear how Kingfisher’s new boss plans to take the business forward when the B&Q owner publishes its full year results on Tuesday. Véronique Laury has [...]

Easyjet, Inmarsat & Johnson Matthey: Three share ideas for ISA investors

25 March 2015

With the end of the tax year fast approaching, Hargreaves Lansdown head of equities Richard Hunter highlights three shares, which he believes are well placed to grow their profits and [...]

US giants Kraft and Heinz to merge and form North America’s third largest food and beverage company

25 March 2015

Heinz is to merge with fellow US food behemoth Kraft to establish what the firm’s have asserted will be the third biggest food and drink retailer in North America and [...]

Private equity group 3G reportedly in $40bn takeover talks with Kraft

25 March 2015

Brazilian private equity group 3G Capital is reportedly in advanced talks to buy US food giant Kraft in a deal worth some $40bn. According to The Financial Times it is [...]

Brokers backing Clarkson, the industrial transportation group

23 March 2015

Brokers are tipping shipping services group Clarkson with the analyst consensus towards the business firmly pointing to a ‘strong buy’. Stock in the FTSE Small-Cap listed industrial transportation firm, which [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Easyjet, Wolseley & Amec

23 March 2015

With Wolseley shares up by 27% over the past six months investors will be hoping to hear the momentum can be maintained when the heating and plumbing giant reports its [...]

Property demand in London and South East makes Berkeley a ‘buy’

20 March 2015

Housebuilder Berkeley Group has been recommended as a ‘buy’ due to the £2.7 billion cash windfall it will receive from forward sales.   The FTSE-250 listed group announced a trading [...]

TSB takeover: should you sell your shares?

20 March 2015

With TSB accepting a bid by Spanish Banco Sabadell, is now a good time to sell your shares in the challenger bank?   Around 30% of TSB’s shares were bought [...]

TSB agrees to £1.7bn takeover by Spanish bank Sabadell

20 March 2015

TSB has agreed to a £1.7 billion takeover bid by Spanish bank Sabadell but stockmarket gains for the formerly Lloyds-owned bank have been modest.   The announcement of a takeover [...]

Next reports 12% jump in annual profits to £782m

19 March 2015

High Street fashion retailer Next has reported that its annual profits jumped 12.5% to £782m after sales rose by 7% to reach £4bn for the first time. But following the [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Sainsbury, Next & Berkeley Group

16 March 2015

Following last week’s disappointing update from Morrison, Tuesday sees supermarket competitor Sainsbury publish its own fourth quarter results. Looking ahead to the report Sheridan Admans, investment research manager at broker [...]

Morrison results disappoint but brokers advise investors to sit tight and ‘hold’

12 March 2015

Morrison’s full year results have left many unimpressed but Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what the update really means for shareholders… Investors in Morrison’s were [...]

TSB shares soar as it confirms takeover approach from Spanish bank Sabadell

12 March 2015

Less than a year after its split from Lloyds, TSB confirmed in a statement on Thursday that it has received a preliminary £1.7bn takeover bid from Spanish bank Sabadell. Following [...]

Morrison shares slide as supermarket group reports 52% drop in annual pre-tax profits

12 March 2015

Shares in Morrison slumped in early trading as the supermarket group reported its poorest annual results in some eight years. This morning the embattled firm announced that in the 12 [...]

Should you buy Apple’s gold smart watch or maybe just buy gold?

11 March 2015

Daniel Fisher, director, Physical Gold, gives his view on whether Apple’s new gold smart watch makes wearable tech fashionable rather than just functional. The latest generation smart watch from Apple [...]

Five funds to ride Europe’s quantitative easing rally

9 March 2015

With the European Central Bank kicking off its full-blown monetary stimulus this week, Tom Stevenson at Fidelity Personal Investing look at ways to invest in Europe… Getting a consensus around [...]

Europe – an income investor’s perspective

9 March 2015

With European investors facing the dilemma of low economic growth, low inflation rates and central bank intervention, Alice Gaskell, co-manager of the BlackRock Continental European Income Fund, discusses where they [...]

Contrarian investing is tough but that can also make it rewarding…

9 March 2015

Here at The Value Perspective, we may wear our contrarian approach to investing as a bit of a badge of honour writes Andrew Lyddon… But taking a position that is [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: G4S, Morrison & Home Retail Group

9 March 2015

British multinational security services group G4S, infamous for bungling its 2012 Olympics contract, reports its full year results on Tuesday and investors will be eager to hear about its continuing [...]

Strength of demand suggests investors should ‘buy’ global communications firm Inmarsat

5 March 2015

As global satellite operator Inmarsat announces its full year results, Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains why its shares are a ‘buy’ for investors… In its [...]

City veteran Lord Rothschild claims the world faces a threat “perhaps as dangerous” as World War II

5 March 2015

City banker and chairman of RIT Capital Partners Lord Rothschild has warned savers in the £2.6bn investment trust that the world faces a geopolitical threat “perhaps as dangerous” as World [...]

Profits soar at Virgin Money as mortage lending surges

5 March 2015

Challenger Bank Virgin Money has reported record performance with annual profits rocketing 127% during 2014. On Thursday, the bank, which floated on the stock exchange in November announced that underlying [...]

What have been the best performing investment funds since December 1999?

2 March 2015

The UK’s benchmark index the FTSE 100 may have only just recovered to its 1999 high but since the turn of the century, a number of funds have made some [...]

Costly house prices and squeeze on supply makes Travis Perkins a ‘buy’

2 March 2015

Given the steep rise in house prices over recent years and the continued shortage of supply brokers are optimistic that shares in homebuilder Travis Perkins could be a winner. The firm, [...]

Woodford Investment Management’s Neil Woodford: “British science is in great shape”

2 March 2015

Neil Woodford, manager of the CF Woodford Equity Income fund and veteran pharmaceutical company investor outlines why he believes the UK’s science sector is in rude health… I have been [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Barclays, ITV & Aviva

2 March 2015

Following on from Lloyds and HSBC, the UK’s banking giants remain centre-stage this week with Barclays reporting its full-year results on Tuesday. The business has seen its shares edge up [...]

The wait is over! Lloyds to resume dividend payout

27 February 2015

Lloyds has announced it will resume dividend payments to shareholders for the first time since the financial crisis.   The bailed-out bank, which is just under a quarter owned by [...]

Investment fund sales nosedive in January as investors dump UK portfolios

26 February 2015

Retail investors took a step back at the start of 2015 with net sales of investment funds collapsing. According to numbers from trade body the Investment Association retail sales totaled [...]

Currency volatility concerns suggests British American Tobacco is a ‘hold’

26 February 2015

As British American Tobacco reports its full year results Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what this mean for investors… In its full-year results announced this [...]

Following 2015′s market highs, should investors be preparing for a correction?

26 February 2015

While stockmarkets have been on fire so far 2015, with many including the FTSE 100 reaching new highs, Psigma  Investment Management has warned that a correction maybe on the way. [...]

Royal Bank of Scotland posts £3.5bn loss for 2014

26 February 2015

The Royal Bank of Scotland has reported a £3.47bn loss in its annual results, down from £8.9bn in 2013. The bank, which is still 79% state-owned following its bailout during [...]

Japanese equities – four factors which could drive further gains

23 February 2015

Japanese stocks are up more than 60% in local currency terms over the last two years and there is potential for further gains this year. Stephen Cohen, chief investment strategist [...]

FTSE 100 within reach of new all-time high‏…

23 February 2015

The December 1999 all-time high of the FTSE 100 when it hit 6,930 has become a major psychological barrier for investors in recent years writes Adrian Lowcock, head of investing at AXA [...]

Government sells-off a further £500m of Lloyds Banking Group shares

23 February 2015

The government has sold-off a further £500m of Lloyds Banking Group shares the Chancellor George Osborne has today confirmed. The latest sell-off means that the total amount of money recovered [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Man Group, Royal Bank of Scotland & Lloyds

23 February 2015

Despite a number of market updates set to arrive this week, UK banks are set to take centre stage. Monday saw HSBC report a steep 17% fall in profits and [...]

HSBC shares slide as bank reports 17% drop in annual profits

23 February 2015

HSBC has reported a steep fall in its annual profits following what it has described as a “challenging year”. The bank, currently under the spotlight for allegedly helping wealthy clients [...]

Standard Life tipped as a ‘hold’ after divi hike

20 February 2015

Standard Life reported strong full year results and a dividend hike but investors should be wary of the impact of pension freedom later in the year.   The Share Centre [...]

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