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Brokers backing Rio Tinto as the mining giant publishes latest production figures

15 April 2014

Following the announcement of Rio Tinto’s latest market update brokers are tipping the world’s third-largest diversified mining company as a ‘buy’ writes Philip Scott. While the business started 2014 with [...]

Debenhams reports 25% drop in profits but implemention of new strategy lifts shares

15 April 2014

Shares in Debenhams lifted 3% in early morning trading following the announcement its profits had collapsed by almost 25% as a result of a “challenging” trading period writes Philip Scott. [...]

Mindful Money’s Monday share tips: SABMiller, Tesco, Burberry, Reckitt Benckiser

13 April 2014

Investors will be hoping for some positive news on SABMiller’s foothold in emerging markets when the brewer publishes its latest trading statement on Tuesday writes Philip Scott. The South African business, [...]

FTSE 100 Friday close: Blue-chips lose 2% as US market spooks traders

11 April 2014

A turbulent session on Friday saw the FTSE 100 lose more than 1% on the day as weak trading in the US spilled over into the London market writes Philip [...]

Is Tesla Motors the next Apple?

8 April 2014

You don’t have to be a petrol head to know Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini – or the more ‘downmarket’ Jaguar or Lotus. But if you are petrol head, you may [...]

Sainsbury tipped as a ‘buy’ for contrarian investors

7 April 2014

Brokers are coming out in support of Sainsbury despite the supermarket giant enduring a torrid period during which it has witnessed its shares plummet by 17% over the past thee [...]

Mindful Money’s Monday share-tips: Marks & Spencer, Mothercare, Ashmore & Vedanta Resources

7 April 2014

This week sees Thursday hosting most of the company reporting action with Marks & Spencer, Mothercare, Ashmore and Vedanta all updating the market writes Philip Scott. Brokers are anticipating that [...]

FTSE 100 Friday close: Blue-chips enjoy boost as brokers cheer US jobs data

4 April 2014

Helped by some positive news on US job numbers the FTSE 100 index of the UK’s largest firms managed to edge ahead and make up some further ground over the [...]

Exploration group Tullow Oil enjoys share price jump after UBS raises its recommendation to ‘buy’

4 April 2014

Oil and gas explorer Tullow Oil has witnessed its shares surge following an upbeat report from UBS, which raised its recommendation on the FTSE 100-listed stock from ‘neutral’ to ‘buy’. [...]

FTSE AIM All-Share constituent Anpario cheers investors with upbeat annual results

4 April 2014

A robust set of annual results and an upbeat forecast for future business from agriculture specialist Anpario has cheered investors and brokers. The FTSE AIM All-Share listed firm, which produces [...]

Three income stocks for your ISA from The Share Centre

1 April 2014

High yielding FTSE 100 blue chips have dominated the shares picked for investor’s ISAs this year as the Share Centre reveals its top five. Ten most popular equities in ISAs [...]

Royal Mail sold off too cheaply says National Audit Office. Institutions favoured over small shareholders prove to be short term sellers

1 April 2014

Royal Mail shares were sold off more cheaply than necessary a report from the National Audit Office has found. The report found it was a mistake to reduce the Government [...]

FTSE 100 sheds most of last month’s gains as blue-chips fall 3% over March

31 March 2014

Following a strong performance in February, the FTSE 100 index of the UK’s top firms has taken a tumble in March as the Budget hit home writes Philip Scott. The [...]

Mindful Money’s Monday share tips: Icap, Tate & Lyle, Aberdeen Asset Management & Booker

31 March 2014

Despite a difficult trading environment for Icap’s investment and commercial banking customers, analysts are expecting to hear some positive progress when the firm reports its full year trading update on [...]

FTSE 100 Friday close: Index edges ahead despite insurance stock turmoil

28 March 2014

After seeing their share prices hammered following the Chancellor’s Budget speech the UK’s insurers once again endured a serious wobble over the trading week writes Philip Scott. Despite the turmoil [...]

Government placing is no reason to buy Lloyds Bank says Allianz Global Investors

26 March 2014

Lloyds Bank looks fully valued and the government placing is no reason to buy the stock says Simon Gergel, UK equities portfolio manager at Allianz Global Investors. “The Government’s placing [...]

The Share Centre puts St James’s Place and Sainbury’s on its buy list

25 March 2014

The Share Centre has added St James’s Place and, perhaps more surprisingly supermarket Sainbury’s to its buy list.  The broker says that the recent budget announcements are positive for St. [...]

Following Osborne’s Budget bombshell, what now for UK insurance stocks?

25 March 2014

UK life insurer shares plummeted following the Chancellor’s Budget Speech during which he sounded what some have described as the death-knell for annuities writes Philip Scott. On Wednesday the George [...]

BHP Billiton a ‘buy’ say brokers as shares edge towards two-year low

24 March 2014

Sentiment towards the commodity sector is beginning to warm-up with brokers tipping base metals group BHP Billiton as its shares hit a near two-year low writes Philip Scott. The firm [...]

Mindful Money’s Monday share tips: Kingfisher, Wolseley & Compass

24 March 2014

Investors will be eager to hear how the UK property market’s renaissance has bolstered the outlook at B&Q owner Kingfisher when it reports its full year results on Tuesday writes [...]

FTSE 100 Friday close: Osborne’s pension bombshell hits insurers

21 March 2014

The UK’s insurers were walloped this week following the Budget announcement that sounded the end of enforced annuity purchases for retirees, writes Philip Scott. On the back of the knock, [...]

Insurers suffer grim Budget day over fears about loss of annuity business while investment platform firms prosper

19 March 2014

The Budget has seen the share price of UK insurers plummet while specialist Isa providers have seen their shares rise. Generally those insurers which have suffered most are those with a [...]

Brokers backing HSBC as the preferred bank stock for income hungry investors

17 March 2014

Brokers are backing HSBC as their preferred play in the UK’s banking sector and believe its share price drop is now a buying opportunity writes Philip Scott. The bank, which [...]

Vodafone shares rise on the back of its £6bn deal to buy Spanish group Ono

17 March 2014

Vodafone shares have enjoyed a hike in early trading as brokers welcome the news that it is to snap-up Spanish cable and telecoms group Ono in a £6bn deal writes [...]

Mindful Money’s Monday share-tips: Sainsbury, Antofagasta, Next & United Utilities

17 March 2014

Following Morrison’s underwhelming results last week, investors will be keen to hear how Sainsburys is holding up against the so-called hard-discounters when it updates the market on Tuesday writes Philip [...]

FTSE 100 Friday close: Blue-chips tumble as traders offload supermarkets

14 March 2014

The FTSE 100 endured a dire week as Morrison’s disappointing market update saw it and supermarkets across the board take a hit writes Philip Scott. The leader-board closed on Friday [...]

Are overconfident retail investors sounding the bell for stocks?

11 March 2014

Edmund Shing asks the question - are things getting too confident Stateside? Let me show you three charts that concern me, all related to the bullishness of US retail investors today. [...]

Mindful Money’s Monday share tips: Prudential, Morrison, Antofagasta and Homebase

10 March 2014

This week investors will be keen to hear how Prudential’s results shape up against the recent welcome update from its competitor Aviva and how Morrisons is faring in the UK’s [...]

FTSE 100 Friday close: Market falls while insurer Aviva bounces back

7 March 2014

Following February’s 4% gain, the FTSE 100 index of the UK’s top firms took a tumble in the first week of March despite upbeat employment news from the US writes [...]

Aviva tipped as a ‘buy’ as investors are cheered by upbeat set of results

7 March 2014

Brokers are tipping Aviva as a stock to snap-up following the publication of the insurer’s better-than-anticipated full-year results writes Philip Scott. Following a £2.9bn loss after tax last year, Aviva [...]

Mindful Money’s Monday share tips: Standard Chartered, Legal & General, Aggreko & Inmarsat

3 March 2014

Following a number of negative updates investors will be keen hear some positive news when Standard Chartered delivers its full year results on Wednesday writes Philip Scott. The bank, which [...]

FTSE 100 Friday close: Index falls flat following Monday’s 14-year high

28 February 2014

The FTSE 100 index of the UK’s top firms may have started the week on a high but it had plateaued by the time Friday’s closing bell rang writes Philip [...]

FTSE 100 reaches for 7000 mark but are there better places for your money?

28 February 2014

A lot has been made in recent days of the fact that the iconic FTSE-100 index is close to breaking its 14-year high, reached during the technology bubble back in [...]

Brokers tip William Hill as a ‘buy’ following positive full-year results

28 February 2014

Brokers are tipping bookmaker William Hill as a ‘buy’ as the group reports its full-year results writes Philip Scott. The UK’s largest turf accountant posted an operating profit of £335m [...]

British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines soars into profit

28 February 2014

British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) has bounced back to post a profit for 2013 writes Philip Scott. The boost comes on the back of reduced losses at its [...]

Still time to climb on the housebuilders’ ladder

27 February 2014

Mindful Money contributor and BCS portfolio manager Edmund Shing considers whether it is still worth investing in shares to play the UK housing boom. Surely UK house builders have done so well already, [...]

Does winning the best picture Oscar boost a film studio’s share price?

26 February 2014

Shares in the movie studio behind the best picture winner at the Oscars will generally outperform their peers according to an analysis by Colin Cieszynski a market analyst with CMC [...]

ITV rated a ‘buy’ as it pays a second successive special dividend of £161m

26 February 2014

ITV has been rated a solid buy by brokers at the Share Centre following this morning’s announcement of the second successive special dividend of £161 million. Graham Spooner, investment research [...]

FTSE 100 pulls back in early trading after closing at its highest level in 14 years

25 February 2014

The FTSE 100 index of the UK’s top firms has slipped back in early morning trading after closing at its highest level in 14 years yesterday writes Philip Scott. On [...]

HSBC shares fall back as bank unveils 9% rise in profits

24 February 2014

HSBC shares dropped by 4% in mid-morning on the back of the group’s full year results, which saw the bank deliver a 9% uplift in profits writes Philip Scott. This [...]

Five things investors learned in the last week

23 February 2014

1)  Facebook has bought WhatsApp in a $19bn deal. Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement on – what else? – Facebook though the site’s system crashed over the weekend which hasn’t [...]

Mindful Money’s Monday share tips: GKN, ITV, Persimmon & William Hill

23 February 2014

Having become something of a global economic barometer of late, investors will be keen to hear what sort of shape engineer GKN is in when it reports its full year [...]

FTSE 100 Friday close: Vodafone and Sports Direct drive index higher

21 February 2014

The UK’s leading index made some headway over the trading week with a 3% gain, as Vodafone and Sports Direct led the pack writes Philip Scott. The FTSE 100 closed [...]

After Vodafone – which stocks should income seekers snap up now?

20 February 2014

As the arrival of the Verizon shares and cash balance are imminent for Vodafone investors, Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, picks three income stocks to consider… [...]

Facebook’s $19bn deal for WhatsApp should make social network more valuable and powerful

20 February 2014

Despite the huge price tag, technology fund manager Walter Price says Facebook’s $19bn purchase of WhatsApp should make the firm more valuable. The website is buying the mobile messaging service [...]

Six top stock picks to hold in your ISA this year

20 February 2014

Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, picks six stocks for investors this ISA season and explains what they have to offer… National Grid (FTSE 100) - a lower-risk option [...]

UK recovery now showing in company results says the Share Centre in its latest Profit Watch UK report

19 February 2014

Revenues of UK plcs have risen at the fastest rate in over a year, up 3.0% to £109.8bn according to the Share Centre’s latest Profit Watch UK report. The latest [...]

Vodafone shareholders set to receive 72p in Verizon shares and 30p in cash for each share owned

19 February 2014

Vodafone says that each investor will receive 72 pence in Verizon shares and 30 pence in cash for each share owned. The deal means investors will receive 0.026 shares in [...]

Vodafone investors to learn Verizon share allocation tomorrow – consensus backing both shares

18 February 2014

Vodafone investors will learn their Verizon share allocation on Wednesday this week with the cash allocation announced on Friday, 21st February. Share trading will commence on Monday 24th February and cash allocated on Wednesday, [...]

Lloyds Bank’s dividend policy may surprise investors with its generosity says Jupiter fund manager Steve Davies

17 February 2014

Lloyds Bank’s dividend policy may prove more much more generous than would have been thought possible two years ago, says Jupiter fund manager Steve Davies. Davies, co-manager of the Jupiter [...]

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