magazine 8 Dec 2016

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There are several big questions hanging over the prospects for stock markets through 2017 and while we are largely positive, investors can expect volatile spells to periodically emerge. In this week's Shares we look at the hot topics, from Article 50 to Trump's first 100 days, and many more, and highlight the investment hot spots and weak areas. We also explain why oil prices are rallying and why it pays for investors to play the long game. There's 3 reasons why energy supplier SSE could rally, accounting software firm Sage's accelerating growth ambitions, and we select our pick of the UK housebuilders, plus loads more company news, market stats, our best investment ideas and much more.

Markets, politics, economics, commodities, sectors: all the big issues facing investors next year

Fund manager gives his views on the state of the market

Digital erasing specialist is carving a profitable cyber security niche

Big six energy supplier has fallen too far, argue analysts

Transformational deal enables social care provider to reinstate payouts

Focus on less pricey parts of London should pay off for AIM-quoted firm

Accounting software supplier must prove it can deliver higher pace of growth

Sales and marketing investment already paying off on enterprise side

Pins hope on new ultra-wide band antennas remedy

Partner has committed to drill in 2017

Profit soars as new CEO completes first year in the job

Why the medical tool manufacturer’s recent acquisition will help its recovery

Man Group-GLG fund manager Powe says it has been an average year

New opportunities arise amid trust arrivals and departures

Riding out the waves of market volatility is critical to investment success

Financial regulator to impose cap on charges from next year

Peer to peer lending rates could fall as supply exceeds demand

SAT expects to beat its own end-2017 subscriber target

New cars today featuring technology developed a decade ago

Britvic sales gain as summer of '16 proves a winner

Founder Teddy Sagi banks £330m, still owns 22%

Stress test results reveal lender is still not recession-ready

The commodity price has surged on an industry production agreement but question marks remain over how long the trend will last

Leisure group to provide first insight into profit performance since recent IPO

Cost pressures likely to be scrutinised when housebuilder updates on trading

Investors will be looking for strong Black Friday signs

Seven figure sum deals hit the headlines

Mobile commerce enabler to beat off FX doubts

Luxury shoemaker to profit as weak pound stimulates tourist spend

Online estate agent is enjoying strong growth

Change at the top could help revive fortunes of van hire group