UK Stocks and Shares and Investment tips
of the Tips: Share Recommendations at 17 8 2007
Stoke-on-Trent pottery is not the kind of company that normally
springs to mind for investing, but unlike many of its brethren,
it is enjoying a period of sustained growth. This comes
as a result of a variety of new ranges and a partial move
to manufacturing in the Far East - resulting in higher margins.
Good steady growth - so buy, reckons The Times.
generator International Power has a host of interests abroad,
including Australia, the USA and the Middle East. Although
it has had a few ups and downs this year, overall prospects
seem strong and the shares' current valuation looks undemanding.
Buy and hold, says The Independent.
test equipment manufacturer Spirent is in the middle of
a turnaround, according to its management team, anyway.
Certainly there are good signs - a dramatic increase in
free cashflow and significant cost savings suggest that
a new, leaner company could be on its way. Buy now to reap
the rewards, suggests The Times.
Trent is having a fairly torrid time at present. The costs
of the Gloucestershire floods has only partly been covered
by their insurance and they are still waiting to hear how
much Ofwat will fine them for failing to meet leakage control
targets. However, Severn's assets are valued at just 7%
above their regulatory value - below an industry average
of 12%. The Times and The Telegraph both believe now is
a good time to buy on weakness.
operate a business that should never go out of fashion -
they arrange for repairs and courtesy cars for drivers involved
in accidents that are not their fault. Helphire then claim
back all of these costs from the at-fault driver's insurer.
Helphire are planning to expand into the newly-deregulating
legal market, which should complement their business well
and prove lucrative. Buy now - The Independent.
BAE's darling status and booming business, the company faces
allegations of corruption in the US that could cause serious
problems for its growing American business. Despite its
current discounted price, the risk is too high, believes
profitability of much of the engineering group's business
has been affected by the weak dollar and although there
don't seem to be any particular problems, current forecasts
don't seem to offer much hope for growth, either. A lacklustre
proposition at present - sell, says The Independent.
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