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News on FTSE-listed companies, from results to brokers' views

Nick Train: The three sectors to invest in for the next decade are booze, food and soap

Nick Train: The three sectors to invest in for the next decade are booze, food and soap

19 Sep 2014

The markets' assumption that large consumer staple stocks such as Diageo will underperform for the next decade is being proved wrong, according to Nick Train, top-performing manager of the Finsbury Growth and Income investment trust.

Investors should 'wait and see' before buying Alibaba shares

Investors should 'wait and see' before buying Alibaba shares

17 Sep 2014

Investors might be better off waiting a few months to buy shares in Chinese technology giant Alibaba, according to Chris Beauchamp, market strategist at stockbroker IG.

Legal and General: The best value UK mid-cap and technology stocks for investors today

Legal and General: The best value UK mid-cap and technology stocks for investors today

15 Sep 2014

Richard Penny, whose L&G UK Alpha fund has returned 17 per cent in the past year, compared to 6 per cent for the IMA UK All Companies sector in the same period, has outlined the UK mid-caps and technology stocks which he believes represent value for private investors at the present time. 

Hargreaves Lansdown: Morrisons shares remain a 'sell' despite dividend increase

Hargreaves Lansdown: Morrisons shares remain a 'sell' despite dividend increase

11 Sep 2014

Richard Hunter, head of equities at Hargreaves Lansdown, believes that while supermarket group Morrisons (LON:MRW) has ‘confounded its doubters by raising its dividend in contrast to Tesco’s recent cut’, the shares should still be sold.

The picture is bright for UK house building stocks as 'earnings soar'  

The picture is bright for UK house building stocks as 'earnings soar'  

10 Sep 2014

Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, believes that the strong earnings growth of companies in the house building sector is likely to mean that momentum stays with the sector for the foreseeable future. 

Jupiter: Big oil companies could return 50 per cent over three years 

Jupiter: Big oil companies could return 50 per cent over three years 

8 Sep 2014

James Clunie, manager of the Jupiter Absolute Return fund, has three of the five largest investments in his fund in major oil companies, as he believes that the ‘cheapish’ stocks could deliver huge gains over the next three years. 

Neil Woodford: Why I have sold all of my HSBC shares 

Neil Woodford: Why I have sold all of my HSBC shares 

1 Sep 2014

Star fund manager Neil Woodford, who has raised over £2 billion from private investors for his new CF Woodford Equity Income fund since launch in July, has disclosed that he has sold all of his shares in banking giant HSBC. 

Hargreaves Lansdown: Tesco shares a 'definite sell' following profit warning 

Hargreaves Lansdown: Tesco shares a 'definite sell' following profit warning 

29 Aug 2014

The announcement from supermarket giant Tesco this morning that it is slashing its dividend by 75 per cent, and is unlikely to hit its profit forecasts for 2014, means that shares in the retailer are a definite sell, according to Richard Hunter, head of equities at Hargreaves Lansdown. 

'TSB shares are a low risk investment' for income investors 

'TSB shares are a low risk investment' for income investors 

20 Aug 2014

Star UK equity income fund manager Jeremy Lang, whose Ardevora UK Income fund has returned 56 per cent since launch in 2011, compared to 39 per cent for the IMA UK Equity Income sector, has revealed that TSB is the only UK bank in which he would invest. 

Hargreaves Lansdown: Latest results make Prudential shares a 'strong buy' 

Hargreaves Lansdown: Latest results make Prudential shares a 'strong buy' 

12 Aug 2014

Strong performance from its overseas businesses saw insurance giant Prudential (LON:PRU) record a 17 per cent increase in profits for the six months to the end of June, making the stock a ‘strong buy’, according to Richard Hunter, head of equities at Hargreaves Lansdown. 

Edelsten: The best stocks in the world to invest in if the economic recovery fails

Edelsten: The best stocks in the world to invest in if the economic recovery fails

11 Aug 2014

Simon Edelsten, manager of the Artemis Global Select fund, has outlined the stocks he has been investing in recently ‘that would not be greatly affected should the recovery in major economies disappoint’.

Massive cash pile means HSBC 'still the most investable UK bank'

Massive cash pile means HSBC 'still the most investable UK bank'

4 Aug 2014

A huge cash pile and conservative management mean that HSBC (LON:HSBA) is the ‘the most investable UK bank’, according to Rob James, equity analyst at Old Mutual Global Investors. 

Profits plummet at Barclays' investment bank despite savage cost-cutting

Profits plummet at Barclays' investment bank despite savage cost-cutting

30 Jul 2014

Barclays (LON:BARC) suffered a 7 per cent drop in pre-tax profits to £3.35 billion for the first half of 2014, driven by dull performance from its investment bank which was only partly offset by an improvement in its personal and business operations.

The fund managers who still hold RBS

The fund managers who still hold RBS

29 Jul 2014

Less than a fifth of UK fund managers now hold RBS (LON:RBS) in their portfolios, according to data from Hargreaves Lansdown.

RBS 'still the least investable of all UK banks' despite profit rise

RBS 'still the least investable of all UK banks' despite profit rise

25 Jul 2014

Despite Royal Bank of Scotland (LON:RBS) revealing that profits for the second quarter of this year had almost doubled, sending the share price up 14 per cent, RBS remains an unattractive investment relative to its rivals, according to Robert James, banking analyst at Old Mutual Global Investors.

Mike Prentis: The best UK smaller companies for private investors today

Mike Prentis: The best UK smaller companies for private investors today

23 Jul 2014

Mike Prentis, high performing manager of the BlackRock Smaller Companies (LON:BRSC) investment trust, which has returned 411 per cent in the past ten years compared to 237 per cent for the AIC UK Smaller Companies sector, has outlined for What Investment the smaller company stocks he feel offer the best value for UK private investors right now.