Shares & trading
News on FTSE-listed companies, from results to brokers' views
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.
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.
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.
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.
22 Jul 2014
Mike Felton, manager of the £720 million M&G UK Growth fund, believes that investors should prefer BP (LON:BP) to Shell (LON:RDSB) at the present time.
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21 Jul 2014
The announcement this morning that Tesco (LON:TSCO) is to change its chief executive should not immediately change investors' view of the stock, which remains a ‘sell’ according to Keith Bowman, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.
16 Jul 2014
Dan Nickols, whose £991 million Old Mutual UK Smaller Companies fund has returned 501 per cent since launch in 2001, compared to 163 per cent for the IMA UK Smaller Companies sector in the same period, has outlined the stocks he is investing in at present.
15 Jul 2014
John Baker, the high performing manager of the JP Morgan Europe Dynamic Ex UK fund, has outlined the five stocks that he believes represent best value in the Eurozone at present.
10 Jul 2014
Further trading updates over time in line with the news released this morning from high-end clothing and luxury goods maker Burberry (LON:BRBY) are likely to put upward pressure on the share price, according to Richard Hunter, head of equities at Hargreaves Lansdown.
2 Jul 2014
Henry Dixon, manager of the high-performing GLG UK Undervalued Assets fund, has outlined for What Investment the stocks and sectors in which he will be investing in expectation of an interest rate rise this year.
26 Jun 2014
Shares in motor breakdown and insurance business AA (LON:AA), which became available to private investors this morning, are too risky despite the strong and experienced management team, according to George Godber, manager of the Miton UK Opportunities fund.
12 Jun 2014
The decision of the World Bank to downgrade its global growth forecast to 2.8 per cent from the 3.2 per cent it had estimated in January will have a negative impact on mining stocks, according to Alaistair McCaig, market strategist at IG.
11 Jun 2014
Despite the company reporting a further decline in sales, Sainsbury’s (LON:SBRY) shares remain more attractive than those of any other UK listed supermarket, according to Richard Hunter, head of equities at Hargreaves Lansdown.
3 Jun 2014
Chris White, head of UK equities at Premier Asset Management, believes that the best value asset class for income investors today are ‘blue-chip’ equities.
2 Jun 2014
Alex Wright, the high profile manager of the Fidelity Special Situations fund, believes that private investors should generally avoid initial public offerings (IPOs) as they offer little value.
30 May 2014
Richard Watts, manager of the Old Mutual UK Select Mid Cap fund, highlights some of his favourite stocks.