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Severn Trent a ‘hold’ for low risk income seekers

22 May 2015

Shares in water company Severn Trent are a ‘hold’ after a ‘mixed bag’ of results.   The company reported a 53.5% fall in pre-tax profits to £148.2 million, from £318.9 [...]

Royal Mail shares are a ‘hold’ given the challenging market backdrop

21 May 2015

As Royal Mail reports its full year results, Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what they mean for investors…  In its full year results reported this [...]

Royal Mail sees annual profits rise by 6%

21 May 2015

Royal Mail has enjoyed a jump in annual profits despite the backdrop of a “challenging” trading environment. In its results for the year ended 29 March, the postal service group reported that adjusted operating profit [...]

Technology firm Stadium Group is a ‘buy’ for more intrepid investors say brokers

18 May 2015

Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, highlights why Stadium Group is worthy of investors’ attention right now… Stadium Group is a UK based provider and manufacturer of [...]

Buy, sell or hold? Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Burberry, Vodafone, M&S & Royal Mail

18 May 2015

Vodafone shareholders are likely to have their fingers crossed in anticipation of hearing improved sales numbers when the group updates the market with its fourth quarter numbers on Tuesday. During [...]

ITV’s results show strength for investors despite being overshadowed by pay strike

14 May 2015

As ITV reports on its first quarter, Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what they mean for investors. This morning, ITV’s first quarter results gave some [...]

Why pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline is a ‘buy’ for income seeking investors

11 May 2015

Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains why pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline is a ‘buy’… The defensive nature of the GlaxoSmithKline and the competitive yields paid to investors [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Easyjet, Compass Group & ITV

11 May 2015

Easyjet has some hype to live up to when it publishes its second quarter results on Tuesday, given the very positive tone of its last market report when it raised [...]

BT – What its annual results mean for investors and why it is still a ‘buy’

7 May 2015

As BT reports its full year results, Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what they mean for investors… BT’s fourth quarter and final results reported today [...]

BT enjoys 14% rise in annual pre-tax profits

7 May 2015

Shares in BT edged ahead in early trading as the telecommunications giant announced a 14% increase in pre-tax profits to more than £2.6bn for the 12 months to the end [...]

Sales numbers at Morrisons fall back once again

7 May 2015

Troubled supermarket group Morrisons has reported that like-for-like sales tumbled 2.9% in the three months to 3 May. It marks a poorer performance on the previous quarter when sales dropped [...]

BP is rated share of the week by the Share Centre

5 May 2015

The Share Centre has rated BP as a buy and says the firm is being proactive in taking action to cope with the lower oil price. Helal Miah, investment research [...]

Lloyds takes £660m hit from TSB sale

1 May 2015

The sale of TSB has triggered a £660 million charge for Lloyds and pushed profits to fall 11% in the first quarter.   The £1.7 billion sale of TSB means [...]

Apple Inc “is a one product company”

30 April 2015

This quarter, once again, the iPhone stood out for its revenue and volume growth, spurred by China and emerging markets where Apple is winning over Android by a significant margin [...]

Royal Dutch Shell’s first quarter results confound expectations despite deep slide in earnings

30 April 2015

Royal Dutch Shell reported on Thursday that its revenues dropped 40% to $65.7bn in the first three months of 2015 compared to the same period last year, beating market expectations. [...]

Royal Bank of Scotland posts £446m loss for the first quarter of 2015

30 April 2015

Majority taxpayer owned Royal Bank of Scotland has reported a £446m loss for the first three months of 2015. The bank, which is still 80% owned by the state after [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: BP, Royal Dutch Shell, RBS & Lloyds Banking Group

27 April 2015

The dramatic fall in the oil price since last June will provide the primary backdrop for BP when it updates the market with its first quarter results on Tuesday. While [...]

HSBC could leave UK, but resurrect Midland Bank before it goes

24 April 2015

HSBC shares increased today as the bank said it was considering moving it s headquarters out of London, as speculation grows that it could bring back Midland Bank.   Following [...]

Government sells £586m of Lloyds shares

24 April 2015

The government has offloaded more of its share in Lloyds bank, raising £586 million.   The stake held by the taxpayer is now 21%, down from the 41% held after [...]

Would Lloyds bank sale echo Royal Mail IPO and encourage more first-time investors?

20 April 2015

The sale of £4bn of Lloyds shares to the general public proposed by the Conservative party over the weekend, would be a positive move for private investors, as it will [...]

2015 set to see strongest dividend growth since 2012

20 April 2015

Despite poor headline figures shareholders payouts from UK firms have enjoyed a decent start to 2015 spurring on analysts to up their expectations for the year. According to the widely [...]

Venture capital trust dividends soar to new high on their 20th anniversary

20 April 2015

On the 20th anniversary of the creation of Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) figures from trade body the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) highlight that dividends across the asset class are [...]

Prime Minister proposes £4bn Lloyds shares sale for retail investors

20 April 2015

Some £4bn worth of Lloyds Bank shares would be offered to retail investors at a discount price if the Conservatives win the election, Prime Minister David Cameron has told the [...]

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 [...]

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