Equities

Is there a renaissance in store for M&S?

Is there a renaissance in store for M&S?

4 mins. to read

I last visited Marks and Spencer (MKS), or ‘Marks and Sparks’ as our family used to know, it early in January. The drama was whether M&S was finished as a general merchandiser – most particularly in the ladies wear department, where it seemed totally incapable of revising its one time reputation as a big supplier…

Robbie Burns’ Trading Diary

Robbie Burns’ Trading Diary

4 mins. to read

One of the best things about spread betting is the ability to cheaply trade shares you might only want to be in for a few days or even just a month or two. There isn’t much cost and you can quickly bank (hopefully) a nice profit. My favourite was to spread bet is to find…

Small Cap Oil Services Plays

Small Cap Oil Services Plays

10 mins. to read

Sell-offs are often a great opportunity for patient investors to acquire prime assets on the cheap, and the recent sell-off in the oil & gas services sector appears to be a case in point. In this month’s small-cap section we have put together a selection of the most exciting companies in the sector, all of…

Iag At 610p – Will The Ascent Continue?

Iag At 610p – Will The Ascent Continue?

3 mins. to read

Surveying the market shore line for value, my searching eye was caught by International Consolidated Airlines (IAG), the rather long, plain faced name for a business which the advertising industry often portrays as incredibly glamorous. I speak of passenger airlines. As we all know, the glamour soon wears off once you have waited for a…

Sainsbury’s: An Enigma or Two?

Sainsbury’s: An Enigma or Two?

2 mins. to read

Sainsbury’s trading statement for the fourth quarter of last year is fairly brief. In consequence, it does not provide much on which to base conclusions about the future – which appears to be bearish in the eyes of those executing the high level of short selling of Sainsbury shares.  Company sales were down modestly at…

WM Morrison: A Contrarian view

WM Morrison: A Contrarian view

3 mins. to read

Like a great sail-driven trading ship in mounting seas without a chief officer (The new CEO David Potts is rowed aboard next week) but a busy financial navigator officer (suitably Named as Mr. Strain) keeping the ship sea worthy, William Morrison Plc (MRW) has docked its results for last year. In my judgement they look, on…

Grab a pizza the action

Grab a pizza the action

4 mins. to read

It’s funny how much money there is to be made in something as mundane as pizza! Since its IPO on AIM back in 1999, the UK incarnation of Domino’s Pizza (DOM) has grown to encompass more than 800 stores, with annual sales of almost £667 million. With the shares now at 676p, anyone lucky or…

S&U : Quality in credit

S&U : Quality in credit

3 mins. to read

The resurgence in consumer confidence seen in recent months and years offers significant growth prospects for a companies like consumer credit company S&U (SUS), which has built a significant business on the back of the exit of a number of major players from the direct unsecured lending markets following the financial crisis. According to figures…