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Shares that have won and lost from oil price falls

30 January 2015

The falls in oil prices that started last summer have seen the price of a barrel = halve: which companies are the biggest losers from the tumble?   Unsurprising the [...]

BT shares fall as telecoms giant sets out plans to tackle pension deficit

30 January 2015

Shares in telecoms giant BT fell this morning as the company announced it was holding back £2 billion to try and tackle its swelling pension deficit.   BT shares helped [...]

Facebook hailed by fund manager as the premium social media investment opportunity

29 January 2015

Facebook has been described as the premium investment opportunity in social media by fund manager GAM. Mark Hawtin, fund manager of the GAM Star Technology fund says that this week’s [...]

Royal Mail chairman Donald Brydon announces he is stepping down

29 January 2015

Royal Mail chairman Donald Brydon is to leave his post, the company has today confirmed. Brydon, who oversaw the controversial privatisation of the delivery company in 2013 has been in [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: BT Group, Royal Dutch Shell & Diageo

26 January 2015

Given the 60% collapse in the price of oil since June investors will be keen to hear how business at Royal Dutch Shell has fared in recent months when it [...]

Dividend payouts from UK plc worse than expected during 2014

26 January 2015

UK plc collectively paid out a headline £97.4bn in dividends to shareholders in 2014, 21% higher than 2013. But take away Vodafone’s bumper payout and underlying growth was far less [...]

HSS Hire flotation is chance to buy into ‘strong market position’

23 January 2015

The flotation of tool hire company HSS Hire gives investors the chance to buy into a business ‘with strong market positions’, The Share Centre has said.   The company, which [...]

Where next for biotechnology stocks?

22 January 2015

Martin Wales, equity analyst at M&G Investments examines the outlook for the biotech sector… The global biotech market is expected to grow 54% between 2012 and 2017. Biotechnology shares were [...]

Shop talk: Why did the market react so badly to Boohoo’s recent trading update compared with Sainbury’s?

22 January 2015

Earlier this month, two very different retailers issued very contrasting trading statements and saw their share prices react in very divergent ways writes Nick Kirrage. Nothing too surprising there you [...]

Royal Mail shares jump as group reports strong Christmas trading

22 January 2015

Shares in Royal Mail jumped this morning following the firm’s latest market update, which highlighted that a busy Christmas period boosted results. By  10.10am shares in the business had moved [...]

Brokers label PR and advertising giant WPP a ‘buy’

19 January 2015

Brokers are putting their cash behind advertising and public relations giant WPP as its shares continue to rally. The FTSE 100 constituent is typically regarded as the bellwether of the [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Royal Mail, Unilever & Dixons Carphone

19 January 2015

It appears the froth has come off Royal Mail with the shares down by 29% over the past year. Currently trading at circa the 428p mark, the stock maybe still [...]

Strong dollar and weak oil price likely to boost Europe’s corporate profits

19 January 2015

The strong rise in the US dollar and the fall in the oil price are likely to provide a boost to corporate profits in Europe and Japan this year asserts [...]

BP shares up as Deepwater Horizon fine smaller than expected

16 January 2015

BP shares have gained in early morning trading as a US ruling confirms the oil giant will face a smaller than expected fine for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil [...]

Will UK investors profit from the falling Swiss market?

15 January 2015

The Swiss stock market collapsed on Thursday morning as the country’s central bank dropped its peg against the Euro. As a result the Swiss market fell by around 10% as [...]

Burberry is a ‘buy’ says The Share Centre

14 January 2015

Fashion house Burberry  has been branded a ‘buy’ by The Share Centre,  as sales at the group rose by 15% to £604m in the third quarter. The business, which features [...]

Brokers calling Taylor Wimpey a ‘buy’ as the house builder enters 2015 with record order book

12 January 2015

A flurry of analysts have thrown their support behind house builder Taylor Wimpey which has declared it has started 2015 in an “excellent position.” The UK-based firm, which has with [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Morrison, Barratt Developments, Home Retail Group & Burberry

12 January 2015

Less than a week after Tesco revealed its substantial cost-cutting measures, investors are set to get more news on the UK’s troubled supermarket sector as Tuesday sees Morrison deliver its [...]

Santander to sell new shares in £6m fundraising

9 January 2015

Santander is relying on shareholders to boost its capital with plans to sell 1.3 million new shares, worth up to £5.9 billion.   In a stock exchange statement the global [...]

Private investors sell out of UK equities to the tune of £9.1bn in a mere matter of months but who are these retail individuals anyway?

8 January 2015

Capita Asset Services has caused quite a furore this week calculating that the UK market saw some £9.1bn of retail money moving out of equities between September to November last [...]

Marks & Spencer shares slide as retailer delivers “mixed” market update

8 January 2015

Shares in Marks & Spencer dropped 4% on Thursday after the retailing giant’s latest market update was poorly received. The FTSE 100 constituent reported that general merchandise has endured a [...]

Tesco unveils massive cost-cutting plans as it gears up to close 43 stores and final salary pension scheme

8 January 2015

Embattled supermarket group Tesco is to shut 43 “unprofitable stores” and will not pay a final dividend for 2014/15. In addition it is closing its generous defined benefit, or final [...]

Man Group’s turnaround in fortunes sees it hit The Share Centre’s ‘buy’ list

5 January 2015

The Share Centre has added hedge fund giant Man Group to its ‘buy’ list as better investment performance has resulted in increases in funds under management. The stockbroker believes earnings [...]

Brokers tip Dixons Carphone as one of 2015′s potential winners

5 January 2015

Brokers are tipping retailing giant Dixons Carphone as a potential winning share in 2015. In August last year Dixons and Carphone Warehouse merged, and the newly created firm’s stock has [...]

Will 2015 see Lloyds return to the dividend list?

22 December 2014

Steve Clayton of fund and stockbroker Hargreaves Lansdown anticipates that 2015 will be the year when Lloyds Banking Group makes a decisive return to the dividend list, having been absent [...]

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, [...]

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