UK Stocks and Shares and Investment tips
of the Tips: Share Recommendations to week ending 15 6 2007
Standard Chartered bank used to be a bit of an outcast -
a non-participator in UK retail banking with most of its
interests focused on overseas and emerging markets. This
strategy is now beginning to pay off, delivering strong
growth and a 19% increase in profits last year. Buy, suggests
The Mail on Sunday.
of the UK's largest logistics operators, Wincanton continues
to struggle a little with its European operations but continues
to do very well in the UK, where its operations achieve
a 3.5% profit margin - and deliver two-thirds of the company's
revenue. Overall prospects look good and at 15.5 times forecast
earnings for the year, Wincanton's shares look undervalued.
Buy, says The Times.
core business is a good one - cars will always need bulbs,
windscreen wipers and the like and today's car owners seem
increasingly unable to manage without in-car DVD players,
MP3 players and other gadgetry.
of which means steady growth for Halfords, which is now
expanding into Eastern Europe too. Buy, recommends The Telegraph.
almost 100 years, Hamworthy has been serving the global
shipping market. Today, its complex technology is used in
a wide variety of maritime applications. It has a strong
order book, good products and stable management, yet its
shares have stood still this year. Buy, says the Mail on
makes aeroplane parts and enjoys a nearly 50/50 split in
custom between the world's two largest aeroplane makers,
Boeing and Airbus. This strategy alone seems likely to guarantee
its fortunes, but it has several other promising projects
in the pipeline too. Buy, says The Telegraph.
To Let Go
company Severn Trent have just published a solid set of
full-year results - but this didn't stop the market wiping
3% off the company's value. There seems to be a growing
feeling that the water sector has peaked in value, so now
might be a good time for Severn Trent investors to take
some profits. Sell, says The Times.
trading at 25 times earnings, Blacks Leisure's share price
is almost entirely built on hopes of a takeover, rather
than business progress. The company have just parted company
with their chief executive and are struggling to compete
with new entrants to their traditional markets. Sell while
the price stays high, suggests The Telegraph.
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