Equities

Investor expectations make SSE a buy

Investor expectations make SSE a buy

5 mins. to read

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…

Three small caps trading at below net asset value

Three small caps trading at below net asset value

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Valuing shares is a tricky business. That’s why over the decades equity analysts have developed a range of different ways to estimate how much a company could be worth. Well established approaches such as discounted cash flow and earnings multiples have been popular for almost a century and remain commonly used methods for valuing businesses.…

AO World may be the right company at the wrong time

AO World may be the right company at the wrong time

5 mins. to read

When it comes to investing, it seems as though timing is everything. Even the best stocks can have their bad days. And the ‘dogs’ of the index can enjoy periods of stunning share price growth. Therefore, finding the right stocks at the right time seems to be the difference between success and failure in investing.…

Searching for the next British ‘unicorn’

Searching for the next British ‘unicorn’

8 mins. to read

Here’s an experiment for you to try. Ask 10 random people on the street if they’ve heard of ‘Global Switch’ (www.globalswitch.com) and you’ll likely be confronted with a vacant expression. You may well find a similar response if you mention ‘Anaplan’ (www.anaplan.com). Yet both are ‘unicorns’, an expression in the tech arena to describe a company…

A special dividend means ITV is worth the risk

A special dividend means ITV is worth the risk

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Special dividends have long been overshadowed by share buybacks. The latter has proven popular with company management due in part to its positive effect on EPS, which is often linked to bonuses, and the flexibility it brings. This contrasts with ordinary dividends, which the market expects to be repeated in future years once they have…

Why Intu Properties may be a painful contrarian ‘buy’

Why Intu Properties may be a painful contrarian ‘buy’

5 mins. to read

This week, the Halifax House Price Index said residential property prices in the UK recorded their first quarterly decline since 2012. The reasons given for this centred on affordability. House prices have apparently become too expensive given rising inflation and the squeeze on consumer spending which is beginning to be felt across the UK. While…

Mears Group, philanthropy and the fragile homecare market

Mears Group, philanthropy and the fragile homecare market

3 mins. to read

Cassiopeia Services introduces you to Bob Holt, chairman of Mears Group plc, for the second episode of the new show Money Lifestyle, produced by Tip TV, and hosted by Stefania Barbaglio and Zak Mir. Next week, Stef & Zak will be talking to Bob about Mears’ philanthropy philosophy and how it feels for him to…

Apple’s recovery lacks solid foundations

Apple’s recovery lacks solid foundations

7 mins. to read

Not good enough Apple has just released its earnings for the quarter ending 1 April, reporting revenues of $52.9 billion, earnings per share of $2.10, a profit margin of 38.9% and an enviable accumulated cash balance of more than a quarter trillion dollars! The company increased its quarterly dividend payments by 10.5% to 63c per…

Wearable medical technology: the future of medicine

Wearable medical technology: the future of medicine

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The only issue on which Mr Corbyn’s Labour Party scores well amongst the British public this election time is on the National Health Service. That is because the NHS, for all its great work, is struggling to keep pace with demand. There’s one key statistic that thinking people need to understand about the NHS. Economic…