Fri, 15 Jun, 2007
Business publisher UBM's ongoing margin improvement strategy has led to expectations of a strong structural story unfolding in 2008, with either significant acquisition activity or a major share buy-back expected.
Thu, 14 Jun, 2007
Oxford Instrument shares look expensive on pretty much any measure - trading on almost 30 times next year's earnings - as the company's potential is already largely priced in. OI's shares are starting to garner interest and if Flint achieves his ambitious aims the valuation will start to make sense, says the Telegraph.
Wed, 13 Jun, 2007
Ted Baker shares, at 16 times current-year earnings, trade at a premium to their clothing retail peers but sit at a discount to the luxury goods sector, in which the likes of Burberry and Hugo Boss are on 20 times and 24 times, respectively.
Tue, 12 Jun, 2007
A two-day fall in its shares of 6% would suggest that Rexam's $1.8bn purchase of the plastics packaging business of Owens-Illinois is not what investors wanted.
Sun, 10 Jun, 2007
GlaxoSmithKline regained some value last week after analysts judged that it had escaped relatively unscathed after a hearing of the Food & Drug Administration in the US.
Fri, 08 Jun, 2007
Johnson Matthey is the world's largest manufacturer of catalytic converters - helping vehicles reduce potentially harmful emissions. In this environmentally conscious age, it is therefore no surprise that the company is booming.
Thu, 07 Jun, 2007
Given that Woolworths expressed caution about the "challenging retail environment" in the second half of the year, now is not the time to take a speculative punt. Hold says the Independent, while the Times goes even further and says avoid.
Wed, 06 Jun, 2007
Miner Xstrata has shown that it is unwilling to sacrifice value in the name of size after walking away from a bid for the Canadian nickel producer LionOre.
Tue, 05 Jun, 2007
Full-year results from IT group Detica showed revenues were up 54%, or a still-dizzying 28% once acquisitions were stripped out, with pretax profits up 47%, the top end of the forecast range.
Sun, 03 Jun, 2007
Paragon is now trading on 8.6 times 2007 earnings, and has a prospective yield of about 4.4 per cent. The shares are unlikely to re-rate any time soon, and could face further short-term volatility. But Paragon is worth considering as a long-term buy, writes the Sunday Telegraph.
Fri, 01 Jun, 2007
Shares in hedge fund group Man are not expensive, trading on 16.4 times forecast 2008 earnings, but it must reverse the poor performance at AHL if investors concerns are to be addressed.
Thu, 31 May, 2007
On 39 times forecast earnings GCap shares are not cheap, and the dividend has been slashed. But with declines in the radio ad market slowing, and a chance that private equity might revisit if the price falls further, this could be a good point to take a long-term, albeit risky punt.
Wed, 30 May, 2007
There are territories, such as Germany, which continue to disappoint, but Vodafone, at 12 times this year's earnings, is only now catching up with its sector, which sits at 13 times.
Sun, 27 May, 2007
Several British groups are expected to benefit from the nuclear revival and investors should take a look at some of the companies involved on the service side, notably Amec says the Sunday Telegraph.
Fri, 25 May, 2007
Cable & Wireless has a lot to prove in executing the next stage of its recovery plan, says the Independent.
Thu, 24 May, 2007
ICAP results were bang in line and although the stock fell, this is a buying opportunity. The stock should be in any growth portfolio, says the Independent. The Telegraph also recommended a buy, while the Times said hold.
Wed, 23 May, 2007
There is a good reason for the bid premium in SSL shares - the Scholl and Durex owner is in rude health, literally and figuratively, and would make a tasty morsel for a large number of bigger players.
Tue, 22 May, 2007
Telecoms group Thus retains a cautious outlook due to pricing pressure and fierce competition but it has proved it can perform amidst dire market conditions and is starting to win bigger and more lucrative contracts.
Sun, 20 May, 2007
Shares in pub owner Enterprise Inns have climbed about 20% since the beginning of May, fuelled by speculation that it could find a way of creating additional value for shareholders by converting itself into a Real Estate Investment Trust.
Fri, 18 May, 2007
National Grid dipped on yesterday's full-year numbers, which were slightly below consensus expectations.