UK Stocks and Shares and Investment tips
of the Tips: Share Recommendations to week ending 27 4 2007
family-run air-conditioning firm was founded in the 1970s
and today enjoys a strong foothold in the hotel and retail
sectors. It is focused on expanding through acquisition
and this strategy looks to have strong long-term prospects,
especially considering new legislation that requires regular
maintenance of air-conditioning units.
Shares have already risen along way since it floated, but
still have further to go, says Midas in the Mail on Sunday.
eponymous stationer and newsagent has managed to increase
underlying pre-tax profits from £55 million to £59
million in the last year, partly as a result of a more tightly-focused
stock policy. An increased focus on travel outlets –
at motorway services, railway stations and airports –
appears to be yielding positive results too.
is fairly valued at the moment and makes an attractive purchase,
according to The Times.
bluetooth technology specialist has recently settled a patent
dispute out of court, despite describing the suit as "without
merit". It's possible that customers were becoming
unsettled by the dispute – after a bumpy 2006, CSR
are doing their best to reassure investors that 2007 will
be a good year.
is currently trading at a discount to the sector, and with
several new products coming on-stream, looks an attractive
buy, according to The Independent.
telecoms operator Vanco's policy of creating virtual networks
utilising other operators' infrastructures, rather than
building its own, appears to be working well. The company
has just announced full-year results showing sales up 25
per cent and pre-tax profits up by a third.
price growth looks likely, and the lack of dividend should
not be an obstacle. Buy, says The Times. Not everyone agrees
with this outlook, however – see below.
firm Bodycote are currently in the middle of a takeover
tussle with Swiss group Sulzer. Sulzer look likely to come
back with a higher offer which will boost Bodycote's share
price, but even if the takeover does not go through, Bodycote
remain a sound investment. Buy, says The Telegraph.
young property management firm have big ambitions, hoping
to increase the £550 million of assets they currently
manage to £2 billion over the next two years. Their
plan for this involves launching their own "REIT"
– real estate investment trust – and they could
year saw a 79 per cent increase in pre-tax profits, and
although their share price is high it represents "justifiable
expectations", according to The Times – buy.
Ones To Let Go
are presently enjoying a seasonal boost, following a warm
Easter and strong ice cream sales. Both online sales and
supermarket sales are also on the up, and consequently its
shares have risen rapidly – perhaps too rapidly.
29 times forward earnings, they are just too high –
time to take profits, says The Independent.
Telegraph thinks that Vanco's accounting is a little over-flattering,
and reveals serious vulnerabilities in the event of falling
revenues or new customer acquisitions. Add to this evidence
that a large number of traders are shorting Vanco shares,
and several question marks appear. Sell, says Questor in
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