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Hargreaves Lansdown: Glimmer of hope for Tesco in latest results

Hargreaves Lansdown: Glimmer of hope for Tesco in latest results

16 Apr 2014

Richard Hunter, head of equities at Hargreaves Lansdown, believes that the latest results from Tesco (LON:TSCO) offer a ‘glimmer of hope’ for investors in the ‘beleaguered’ supermarket giant. 

Gervais Williams: Biotech is one of the few growth opportunities left, but beware the hype

Gervais Williams: Biotech is one of the few growth opportunities left, but beware the hype

15 Apr 2014

Veteran fund manager Gervais Williams told What Investment this morning that while there are ‘genuine’ opportunities among companies developing new drugs, investors must be careful not to get ‘swept up’ in biotech bull markets.

How to find cheap stocks in a bull market

How to find cheap stocks in a bull market

28 Mar 2014

Gervais Williams, the veteran fund manager who currently runs the Miton Multi Cap Income fund, believes that investors looking for value stocks in the current equity bull market should focus on companies with a market cap of less than £10 million.

Government's sale of Lloyds shares makes bank a cautious buy: Hargreaves Lansdown

Government's sale of Lloyds shares makes bank a cautious buy: Hargreaves Lansdown

27 Mar 2014

Richard Hunter, head of equities at Hargreaves Lansdown, told What Investment this morning that the government reducing its shareholding in Lloyds Banking Group (LON:LLOY) is ‘undoubtedly a positive’ for investors.

The best way to invest in the winners from the Budget 2014 pension changes (and avoid the losers)

The best way to invest in the winners from the Budget 2014 pension changes (and avoid the losers)

21 Mar 2014

Investment professionals across London are today contemplating the investment opportunities and threats thrown up as a result of the pension reforms announced in the Budget.

Alex Wright: The two stocks that the Budget has made a bargain

Alex Wright: The two stocks that the Budget has made a bargain

20 Mar 2014

Alex Wright, who recently took over as manager of the Fidelity Special Situations fund, and has run the top performing Fidelity UK Smaller Companies fund for many years, has identified two stocks that he believes will be particular beneficiaries of George Osborne's 2014 Budget. 

Old Mutual's Message: I'm a big fan of UK bank shares, but I won't invest in Lloyds right now

Old Mutual's Message: I'm a big fan of UK bank shares, but I won't invest in Lloyds right now

18 Mar 2014

UK banking stocks offer a compelling investment opportunity at present, but Lloyds (LON:LLOY) is the bank to swerve at the present time, according to Stephen Message, manager of the Old Mutual UK Equity Income fund.

The Share Centre: The five best stocks for your ISA portfolio in 2014

The Share Centre: The five best stocks for your ISA portfolio in 2014

20 Feb 2014

Helal Miah, investment research analyst at fund supermarket The Share Centre, has outlined the five stocks which he believes should be central to an ISA investor's portfolio. 

Investors in Lloyds 'will have to take a lot on trust from now on': Old Mutual

Investors in Lloyds 'will have to take a lot on trust from now on': Old Mutual

13 Feb 2014

In the wake of Lloyds Banking Group’s (LON:LLOY) results announcement this morning, investors in the stock ‘will have to take a lot on trust and some investors don’t really like doing that’, according to Rob James, banking analyst at Old Mutual Global Investors.

Investors 'can't be certain the worst is over' for Barclays

Investors 'can't be certain the worst is over' for Barclays

11 Feb 2014

While Barclays has been trading at a relatively low valuation relative to its assets, investors cannot be confident that all of the bad news associated with the bank has been ‘priced into’ the current share price, according to Alistair McCaig, market strategist at IG.

Lloyds materially 'less attractive for private investors' than it was even two days ago: Old Mutual 

Lloyds materially 'less attractive for private investors' than it was even two days ago: Old Mutual 

4 Feb 2014

The ‘bad news significantly outweighs the good’ and Lloyds Banking Group is now materially worse as an investment opportunity for typical private investors, according to Rob James, banking analyst at Old Mutual.

Dividend yield means BP remains 'attractive' investment despite profit slump: Hargreaves Lansdown 

Dividend yield means BP remains 'attractive' investment despite profit slump: Hargreaves Lansdown 

4 Feb 2014

The dividend yield offered by BP, currently around 4.4 per cent, means that oil major BP remains ‘attractive’ for private investors despite the slump in the company's profits, opined Richard Hunter, head of equities at Hargreaves Lansdown.

'Far from certain' the bad news is over for RBS shareholders: Old Mutual

'Far from certain' the bad news is over for RBS shareholders: Old Mutual

28 Jan 2014

Despite the recent announcement from Royal Bank of Scotland (LON:RBS) that it faced billions in further charges and penalties, ‘investors cannot be certain that there is not more bad news to come', Old Mutual Banking analyst Robert James told What Investment.

Old Mutual's Stephen Message: where I’m investing for income

Old Mutual's Stephen Message: where I’m investing for income

15 Jan 2014

Stephen Message, manager of the Old Mutual UK Equity Income fund, reveals where he’s finding attractive and reasonably priced dividend opportunities – and why he’s avoiding food stocks and tobacco.

Retail giants' shares slide as they face competition from discount retailers

Retail giants' shares slide as they face competition from discount retailers

9 Jan 2014

Shares in Tesco (LON:TSCO) and Morrisons (LON:MRW) both fell today as the high street supermarkets reported sharp declines in sales over the Christmas period.

Sainsbury's bags 36th consecutive quarter of sales growth but shelves previous positive forecast

Sainsbury's bags 36th consecutive quarter of sales growth but shelves previous positive forecast

8 Jan 2014

Supermarket giant J Sainsbury (LON:SBRY) has reported a 36th consecutive quarter of sales growth, but its share price fell as the company announced a downward revision of its sales forecast for the coming year.