UK Stocks and Shares and Investment tips
of the Tips: Share Recommendations at 6 7 2007
operates in the fast growing NHS outsourcing market. Specialising
in providing sterilisation and infection control services
to NHS hospitals, it currently has a 13% share in the market.
Although these services have traditionally been done in-house
by hospitals, they are under pressure to outsource such
functions and this potential makes Synergy's current discount
to its sector look unjust. Buy, says the Mail on Sunday.
recruiter Michael Page is one of the most successful companies
in the recruitment industry. Although based in the UK, it
operates globally and this week announced an increase in
net fee incomes of 38% for Q2. Shares still look attractive
at 14.9 times earnings - buy, says The Independent.
ITV has had a slightly shaky first-half, advertising revenues
look to be on the up again and hopes remain high that new
chairman Michael Grade will bring a little more magic to
the schedules. ITV also have exclusive rights to the Rugby
World Cup later this year and there is always the possibility
of a takeover bid. Buy, suggests The Times.
makes nuts, bolts and other fastenings used by manufacturers
of consumer goods such as Sharp and Electrolux. It is determined
to expand its product range and improve margins, and seems
to have a strong management team in place. Buy, suggests
the Mail on Sunday.
software and IT services provider Northgate managed an increase
in pre-tax profits of 4% in the year to April. It has almost
completed the acquisition of Belgium's Arinso, which should
give it a foothold in Europe and is benefiting from a trend
towards larger, longer-term outsourcing deals. At a modest
12 times 2008 earnings, you should buy these shares, says
game retailer Game, which has recently acquired competitor
Gamestation, is flying high. Shares are currently sitting
at 195p - up from just 80p this time last year. It's not
all good news, however - a greater proportion of its revenue
has been coming from hardware sales, which have lower margins,
and there is a risk that the OFT will veto the Gamestation
deal. Sell at the top, suggests The Times.
Sector Consultancy Tribal has had a turbulent time in recent
years - particularly where acquisitions have been involved.
At present, new chief executive Peter Martin is conducting
a strategic review to work out how best to use his company's
resources, but until this new strategy becomes clear, Tribal
are probably best avoided says The Times.
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