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Serica Energy: Rising trend channel points to 40p

Serica Energy: Rising trend channel points to 40p

By Zak Mir

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I am not sure what the acid test is when it comes to buying shares. However, just a couple of months ago I was thinking of buying shares of Serica Energy (LON:SQZ) for my nine-year old son to illustrate the “magic” of investing on the stock market. Although technical analysts are notorious for being short-termist,…

Tilting the odds in one’s favour

Tilting the odds in one’s favour

By Evil Knievil

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This is really serious investment material and not for flebsters:   You enter tomorrow Wednesday’s Lotto online. You will need to register on the National Lottery site.   The problem is to devise, say, 2,000 different entries using numbers 32 to 59. I think it is £1 an entry. But you can look it up.…

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Tilting the odds in one’s favour

Tilting the odds in one’s favour

By Evil Knievil

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This is really serious investment material and not for flebsters:   You enter tomorrow Wednesday’s Lotto online. You will need to register on the National Lottery site.   The problem is to devise, say, 2,000 different entries using numbers 32 to 59. I think it is £1 an entry. But you can look it up.…

Populist drivel

Populist drivel

By Evil Knievil

2 mins. to read

There is still no whiff of adverse rumour surrounding Six Hundred Group (LON:SIXH). This makes it a stonking buy at 13p. My reservation is that since it is so obviously cheap there has to be a reason for the share price being down here. ***** I used to regard listening to Any Questions on BBC…

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The even slower death of the stockbroker analyst – part 2

The even slower death of the stockbroker analyst – part 2

By John Cornford

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I started out on this series thinking I would ask where investors – private and institutional – will go for good research, given that regulation – particularly Mifid II due to come into force next year – is said to be causing brokers to lay off their analysts. This raises the question: What is good…

Investor expectations make SSE a buy

Investor expectations make SSE a buy

By Robert Stephens, CFA

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Investor expectations can be a gift or a curse. Sometimes they allow investors to buy shares at discounted prices because the market expects a difficult period. Other times, however, they can lead to a disappointing share price performance even if a company records high earnings growth. In such a scenario, if profit growth falls below…

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Serica Energy: Rising trend channel points to 40p

Serica Energy: Rising trend channel points to 40p

By Zak Mir

1 mins. to read

I am not sure what the acid test is when it comes to buying shares. However, just a couple of months ago I was thinking of buying shares of Serica Energy (LON:SQZ) for my nine-year old son to illustrate the “magic” of investing on the stock market. Although technical analysts are notorious for being short-termist,…

Infrastrata: Clearance of 200 day line targets 1.4p

Infrastrata: Clearance of 200 day line targets 1.4p

By Zak Mir

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Although it may be said that Infrastrata (LON:INFA) has been something of a Cinderella stock in the recent past, it would appear that the latest developments at the group could signal the start of a lasting turnaround. Apart from the share price drift, there have been a couple of problems associated with the Infrastrata story…

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Trumponomics, Corbynitis and Post-Thatcherism

Trumponomics, Corbynitis and Post-Thatcherism

By Victor Hill

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You can tell a political ideology by its tax-and-spend policies. The two far extremes of the English-speaking political world – the new US populist right and the old UK corporatist left – are fashioning very different fiscal programmes. Might Post-Thatcherite Mrs May be the new Middle Way? The wealth of a nation In an interview…

Are valuations now dangerously stretched?

Are valuations now dangerously stretched?

By Filipe R Costa

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Stretched Valuations Since the beginning of the year, I have been drawing the attention of the reader to the lack of volatility in U.S. markets, as such a high level of complacency is extreme by historical standards and is not supported by current fundamentals. Recently, the VIX (INDEXCBOE:VIX) fell below 10, which is a rare…

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Does Mariana’s merger with Sandstorm Gold stack up?

Does Mariana’s merger with Sandstorm Gold stack up?

By John Cornford

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Among the four main ways to make money from mining gold or silver – exploration, development, streaming or financing a mine – it is streaming (or royalties) that can often be by far the most profitable. I showed in my earlier streaming coverage how streamers tended to make much more profit from a mine than…

Berkeley Energia – Another ‘Sirius’ mistake?

Berkeley Energia – Another ‘Sirius’ mistake?

By John Cornford

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Following my recommendation 15 months ago, followers saw Berkeley Energia (LON:BKY) nearly treble by January as more and more commentators jumped aboard and as the company issued a stream of bullish news on progress and prospects for uranium. But the shares are now 20% off their top and perhaps the market is satiated with a…

Funds & Investment Trusts

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The fund offering uncorrelated returns with downside protection

The fund offering uncorrelated returns with downside protection

By Nick Sudbury

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There are not many funds that are capable of delivering decent returns regardless of the wider market, with one of the few exceptions being Crystal Amber (LON:CRS). The £230m investment trust has a very small retail following, although many people will have an exposure to it via the Woodford Equity Income fund as Neil Woodford’s…

Does this fund really deserve its premium rating?

Does this fund really deserve its premium rating?

By Nick Sudbury

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Normally you would expect the best performing investment trusts in a particular segment of the market to trade on the tightest discounts or largest premiums, but there are other factors that can distort the situation. A case in point is the Fundsmith Emerging Equities Trust (LON:FEET), which is run by the controversial Terry Smith. Recent…

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Brexit talks: Expect more unhappy dinner parties and prepare for a market shock

Brexit talks: Expect more unhappy dinner parties and prepare for a market shock

By Victor Hill

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The Brexit talks-about-talks have started badly. What is the chance that there will be no deal at all? Are investors heading for the rapids…? Come dine with me On 26 April Theresa hosted dinner at her well-appointed home in Downing Street for Jean-Claude (a louche Belgian gentleman whom she had met on a caravanning holiday…

An amicable divorce?

An amicable divorce?

By Victor Hill

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Ready. Aim. Fire! The notorious Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon (2007) was “triggered” by the United Kingdom last night when Prime Minister May signed off a historic letter to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council. This was delivered by hand by Sir Tim Barrow, our man in Brussels, at 12:20 BST this afternoon.…