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UK retail sales jump to 10-year high on the back of Black Friday’s shopping frenzy

18 December 2014

UK retail sales rocketed during November, rising to their best level in more than a decade as a result Black Friday’s shopping frenzy. Volumes jumped 1.6% month-on-month, following a robust [...]

Royal Mail sell-off underpriced by £180m

18 December 2014

The government’s privatisation of Royal Mail could have made an extra £180m, a report commissioned by Business Secretary Vince Cable has claimed. The report led by former City minister Lord [...]

Will the Santa stock market rally happen at all this year?

15 December 2014

So far in December, the UK market has been anything but full of Christmas cheer with the so-called Santa Rally remaining very much elusive. To date December has been a terrible [...]

UK plc dividend growth set to improve in 2015 despite the absence of any bumper Vodafone-size payouts

15 December 2014

Take away Vodafone’s special £15.9bn payout earlier this year and it becomes clear that the past 12 months are far from covered in glory in terms of dividend growth. In [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Imagination Technologies, Dixons Carphone, Serco & Carnival

15 December 2014

Following a number of profit warnings investors will be hoping for some Christmas cheer from Imagination Technologies when it updates the market with its second quarter results on Tuesday. The [...]

FTSE 100 falls for fifth day in a row, wiping off 5%

12 December 2014

The FTSE has fallen for the fifth day in a row with the blue chip index down 5% over the week.   Markets have been concerned with the recent slump [...]

Gluttons for punishment – the only fun bit about value investing is the potential return

11 December 2014

Why would anybody want to be a value investor? It is a difficult, grim and – almost by definition – lonely existence. Take a glamorous area of investing such as [...]

Sports Direct shares are a ‘buy’ as retailer brushes off unseasonal weather and early UK World Cup exit

11 December 2014

Analysts at stockbrokers The Share Centre have cheered the latest market update from retailer Sports Direct International. The firm, owned by billionaire Mike Ashley brushed off any market worries to [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: ASOS, Sports Direct, Whitbread & Bunzl

8 December 2014

Given that ASOS shares have endured a caustic fall over the past 12 months investors will be very keen to hear some upbeat news when it updates the market this [...]

Breedon Aggregates is a buy for the long term says The Share Centre

1 December 2014

Broker the Share Centre has rated construction materials firm Breedon Aggregates is its share of the week and a long term buy. Graham Spooner, investment research analyst says that as [...]

Brokers tip pub group Marston’s as a ‘buy’

27 November 2014

Despite a dip in annual profits and a lacklustre share price performance brokers are tipping pub group Marston’s as a ‘buy’. This morning the FTSE 250 constituent, which has endured [...]

Opportunities in a recovering Japan – what shares could benefit?

24 November 2014

Chisako Hardie, manager of the AXA Framlington Japan fund, discusses the factors behind Japan’s recovery and highlights stocks that are benefiting from this change… Since Shinzō Abe was elected two [...]

Brokers backing Prudential following strong market update

24 November 2014

Given Prudential’s latest market update, brokers at The Share Centre are optimistic on the outlook for the life insurance giant and are tipping it as a ‘buy’. Following a strong [...]

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

24 November 2014

B&Q owner Kingfisher is set to report its third quarter trading update on Tuesday and investors will be hoping for some positive news on its European operations. The business, which [...]

Want to invest in property? 5 reasons to be bullish on UK housebuilders

21 November 2014

You may not have the cash to become a property tycoon but you can still benefit from the UK housing market through investing in housebuilders. Office of National Statistics figures [...]

Taking a longer view of investment returns…

20 November 2014

Investment expert and director at Seven Investment Management Justin Urquhart Stewart explains why investors need to play a longer game… Time to take a longer view I think. The papers seem [...]

Neil Woodford: “I suspect there is a 50/50 likelihood that Pfizer will approach AstraZeneca again”

18 November 2014

Following Pfizer’s failed attempts to secure a deal with AstraZeneca earlier this year, Neil Woodford, manager of the CF Woodford Equity Income fund looks at whether the US pharmaceutical giant [...]

Easyjet shares slide as discount carrier reports 21.5% rise in profits

18 November 2014

Shares in easyjet tumbled 2% this morning despite the discount carrier reporting a 21.5% rise in its annual profits. On the back of better passenger numbers, pre-tax profits at the [...]

Broker goes against the consensus and tips GlaxoSmithKline as a ‘buy’

17 November 2014

The recent fall in GlaxoSmithKline’s share price could be viewed as a good buying opportunity given the biotechnology and pharmaceutical group has a number of products in the pipeline. GSK [...]

The reorganisation of Royal Mail continues with asset stripping high on the agenda, but will staff be next?

17 November 2014

Alastair McCaig, market commentator at IG Group discusses the outlook for Royal Mail ahead of its results on this week… On Wednesday 19 November, ahead of a busy Christmas period, [...]

New fund to allow UK investors access to Britain’s buy-to-let market

17 November 2014

Investors who wish to gain exposure to the buy-to-let market without taking on the full cost of a property have a new opportunity to do so via the Mill Residential [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Prudential, Royal Mail, Centrica & QinetiQ

17 November 2014

Tuesday sees Prudential publish its third quarter results and with the insurance giant’s stock up 16% over the past 12 months, investors will be keen for more progress. The business [...]

Twitter debt downgraded to ‘junk’ status by S&P

14 November 2014

US ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has given social media site Twitter’s debt a ‘junk’ rating Twitter issued $1.8 billion (£1.1 billion) of bonds in September – the bonds are [...]

Rolls-Royce market update disappoints but long term prospects remain intact say brokers

13 November 2014

Rolls-Royce’s latest market update has been labeled a disappointment but brokers believes the firm’s long-term prospects remain intact. In today’s interim management statement, the aerospace and defence firm, reiterated its [...]

Virgin Money shares to be priced at 283p in upcoming IPO

13 November 2014

Challenger bank Virgin Money has revealed that its stock will be priced at 283p per share when it goes live on the London Stock Exchange. Based on the offer price, [...]

Invesco Perpetual’s Mark Barnett: “Opportunities and risks in the UK market”

10 November 2014

With the British economy having improved over the past 12 months, Mark Barnett, head of UK equities at Invesco Perpetual looks at whether that rate of improvement can be maintained… [...]

Brokers tip office provider Regus as a ‘buy’ for risk-friendly investors

10 November 2014

Analysts are tipping Regus as a stock for intrepid investors to snap up as demand for the group’s services is rapidly increasing as a result of a structural shift in [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Sainsbury, ITV & Rolls-Royce

10 November 2014

Given the challenges presently facing Morrison, and especially Tesco, investors will be eager to hear how Sainsburys is performing when it updates the market with its half-year results on Wednesday. [...]

National Grid a ‘buy’, especially for income seekers

7 November 2014

National Grid shares have outperformed the market this year but solid half year results show there is still more to come. The Share Centre recommended National Grid as a ‘buy’ [...]

Morrisons endures 6.3% fall in sales as competition continues to tighten

6 November 2014

The pressure on the UK’s supermarket sector is showing no signs of letting up as Morrison’s sales dropped back in the three months to November. In its latest interim statement [...]

M&S is a “buy” after better-than-expected results, says Share Centre

5 November 2014

The Share Centre is recommending Marks and Spencer as a ‘buy’ as its first half results beat expectations. The shares rose 33p to 437.8p on Wednesday. Half-year pre-tax profit fell [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Marks & Spencer, Morrison & National Grid

3 November 2014

High Street giant Marks & Spencer has endured something of tumultuous period over the past 12 months, with its shares down by 19% over the period. Wednesday sees the group [...]

HSBC sets aside $378m on the back of currency trading investigations

3 November 2014

Like Barclays last week, HSBC has now set aside a lump sum to cover any potential costs, which could arise from investigations into currency trading. HSBC announced today that its [...]

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 [...]

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