UK Stocks and Shares and Investment tips
of the Tips: Share Recommendations to week ending 18 5 2007
first quarter trading performance and healthy profit margins
make Unilever shares attractive at the moment, according
to The Times. Buy.
position as a leading supplier of precious metals to the
industrial market has led to their shares rocketing over
the last two years, as demand for platinum and rhodium continue
to rise (catalytic converters and flat screen TVs respectively).
Its relatively low operational costs also stand it in good
stead. This one has further to go, says The Independent
Chairman John Nelson recently suggested that the British
commercial property company would be amenable to a suitable
takeover bid. Regardless of this, investing in Hammerson
should offer good value – buy, says The Times.
Tobacco has recently announced strong half-yearly results,
including a 7 per cent increase in profits and a 5 per cent
improvement in sales. Imperial are also in the throes of
an attempted €12m takeover of Spanish company Altadis,
owner of brands such as Gauloise. Such a move could provide
a powerful opportunity for Imperial, but even without it
they should continue to do well. Buy, says The Times.
To Let Go
Free Direct is one of the leading players in the IVA market,
and suffered a severe downturn in its share price in January
when the major banks decided to start vetoing IVAs.
then, DFD's shares have staged somewhat of a recovery and
it would be wise to take profits now, according to The Telegraph.
Gaming have a volatile track record and their issuing of
another profit warning this week did nothing to reassure
investors, especially as CEO Mitch Garber has been selling
some of his shares in the company. Things could turn out
well for Party Gaming, who has been investing in recruiting
new customers, but in such an uncertain market it is a large
risk to take. Sell, says The Times.
successful year for the wealth management company has resulted
in shares rising 20 per cent since October. Prospects still
look good but market conditions appear to be getting tougher,
so now might be a good time to bank some profits, according
to The Independent.
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