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Sunday share tips: Capita, Town Centre Securities

Sunday share tips: Capita, Town Centre Securities

Sun, 26 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - A "dizzying" acquisition spree since 2006 at Capita saw revenues more than double, but left behind a balance sheet so complex that the firm would need to go much farther to convince... [more]

Sunday newspaper round-up: Warren Buffett, Unilever, Spanish homes

Sunday newspaper round-up: Warren Buffett, Unilever, Spanish homes

Sun, 26 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - Billionaire Warren Buffett has denounced "Wall Streeters" for charging "high fees" and urged ordinary investors to buy low-cost index funds. In his famed annual letter to Berkshire ... [more]

London close: FTSE 100 dragged down by banks and miners

London close: FTSE 100 dragged down by banks and miners

Fri, 24 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - Banks and miners led the FTSE to a lower close Friday, in a session awash with blue-chip news including disappointing annual results from Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Charter... [more]

Berenberg downgrades Goldman Sachs as Trump rally 'may have peaked'

Berenberg downgrades Goldman Sachs as Trump rally 'may have peaked'

Fri, 24 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - Goldman Sachs has been downgraded to 'sell' by Berenberg as the German bank indicated its belief that the investment banking behemoth's stock is now overvalued and that it could fac... [more]

Broker tips: National Express, Drax, BAE Systems

Broker tips: National Express, Drax, BAE Systems

Fri, 24 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - Investec has upgraded National Express to 'buy' from 'hold' and hiked the price target to 385p from 335p. The brokerage said it is turning positive to reflect higher expectations fr... [more]

Sector movers: Miners down most, whiff of poilitical risk in the air

Fri, 24 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - Miners and steel firms fell back as the price for many industrial metals retreated, to the benefit of the more defensive segments of the market, amid a wider pull-back in investors'... [more]

National Express boosted by Investec upgrade

Fri, 24 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - Investec has upgraded National Express to 'buy' from 'hold' and hiked the price target to 385p from 335p. The brokerage said it is turning positive to reflect higher expectations fr... [more]

Credit Suisse bumps up target price for BAE Systems

Fri, 24 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - Analysts at Credit Suisse bumped up their target price for BAE Systems to incorporate the firm´s recently-released 2016 full-year numbers and its latest financial guidance. As regar... [more]

Breakout for bonds and US dollar ahead, BofA-Merrill Lynch says

Fri, 24 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - Investors continued to rotate towards so-called 'inflation trades', ahead of a likely break-out in bonds and the US dollar, according to the widely-followed weekly tally of fund flo... [more]

French election concerns to keep dragging stocks lower

Fri, 24 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - The upcoming French presidential elections of 23 April and 7 May are a key concern for investors as jitters seeped further into European Markets at the end of the week. On Friday, F... [more]

Drax loses power on Morgan Stanley downgrade

Fri, 24 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - Power generation company Drax was under the cosh after Morgan Stanley downgraded its stance on the stock to 'underweight' from 'equalweight', saying there are more attractive opport... [more]

We are not in the 1930s, Credit Suisse says on protectionism

Fri, 24 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - Globalisation may be past its peak but the risk that trade protectionism might get out of hand might be less than some investors think, Credit Suisse said. The Swiss broker's most r... [more]

Friday broker round-up

Fri, 24 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - RBS: Jefferies maintains Hold with a target price of 212p. RBS: JP Morgan reiterates Underweight with a target price of 210p. Mediclinic: UBS downgrades to Neutral with a target pr... [more]

Friday newspaper round-up: Boeing, Ryanair, business rates, John Lewis

Fri, 24 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - Boeing plans to open its first manufacturing plant in Britain, picking Sheffield to make critical parts for its best-selling 737 and 777 airliners. The company has earmarked the Nor... [more]

London close: FTSE ends lower on banks in news-rich session

Thu, 23 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - London shares closed lower on Thursday with banks leading the drop in blue-chip stocks in a session overflowing with mostly well-received corporate news. Among lenders down were ex-... [more]

Sector movers: Non-life insurers, miners lead gains

Thu, 23 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - The latest raft of earnings reports was the main driver behind sector movements on Thursday afternoon, with Non-life insurers and Mining shares leading the way. RSA paced gains amon... [more]

Friday preview: Banks stay in focus as RBS, StanChart report

Thu, 23 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - Friday sees the release of more bank earnings, with Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Chartered on the slate following numbers from HSBC, Lloyds and Barclays earlier in the week. ... [more]

Broker tips: Halfords, Inmarsat, Hays

Thu, 23 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - Halfords slumped on Thursday as Peel Hunt downgraded its stance on the stock to 'sell' from 'hold' and cut the price target to 325p from was 350p. "Fundamental headwinds are increas... [more]

Prolonged period of special dividends ahead at Hays, Credit Suisse says

Thu, 23 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - Analysts at Credit Suisse bumped up their recommendation on shares of Hays, hailing the firm´s growth prospects, cash generation ability and the likelihood of a prolonged period of ... [more]

Inmarsat boosted by Macquarie upgrade

Thu, 23 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - Satellite communications company Inmarsat got a boost on Thursday as Macquarie upgraded the stock to 'outperform' from 'neutral' and gave it a target price of 850p, saying it may at... [more]

Halfords skids on Peel Hunt downgrade

Thu, 23 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - Halfords slumped on Thursday as Peel Hunt downgraded its stance on the stock to 'sell' from 'hold' and cut the price target to 325p from was 350p. "Fundamental headwinds are increas... [more]

Thursday broker round-up

Thu, 23 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - Unilever: Berenberg reiterates Buy with a target price of 4100p. UBM: Barclays reiterates Equal Weight with a target price of 795p. Capital and Counties: Jefferies maintains Underw... [more]

Thursday newspaper round-up: Business rates, Peugeot, AO World

Thu, 23 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - Rising fuel and food prices are eating into household budgets as the impact of the Brexit vote on the value of the pound pushes up inflation, according to a Guardian analysis that c... [more]

London close: FTSE up as Lloyds, Barratt lead blue chips higher

Wed, 22 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - Shares in London ended Wednesday on a mixed note after confirmation the UK saw better than expected economic growth at the end of 2016, with blue chips benefiting from a softer ster... [more]

Commodities: Crude falls as concerns of lingering global glut come to the fore

Wed, 22 February 2017

(ShareCast News) - Crude futures pushed lower Wednesday as some in the market took a view that the global supply glut of the black liquid is set to last a lot longer. At 15:43 GMT, Nymex-quoted West T... [more]