magazine 27 Apr 2017

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Large cap beneficiaries of weaker sterling in 2016 are now losing momentum as currency movements start to reverse. Is now the time to sell FTSE 100 stocks and buy UK-focused FTSE 250 companies? The new issue of Shares explores this potential shift in the market and why the forthcoming UK general election plays an important role.

This week’s digital magazine also looks at small and mid-cap investment trusts, as well as discussing why the Conservative Party’s proposed energy price cap has hurt shares in utility companies.

You will also find articles on Imperial Brands, JD Sports Fashion and two stocks which analysts believe could be among the next British companies to be taken over by foreign firms.

For those seeking income-generating ideas, the new issue of Shares debates a fund which is yielding around 5% and a recruitment agency yielding more than 8%.

A recovery in the pound has prompted a shift in thinking from the market

If you have a ‘share’ of a company you have a say in how it is run

Broker puts boot in to retailer’s US foray

A revival of industrial production in the US would require automation

Utility stocks under pressure but income impact may be minimal

Bank’s credit card operation looks solid despite rising debt levels in UK

The UK firm has a global customer base and encouraging growth prospects says analyst

Company could be M&A target after selling off weak part of the business

The owner of very large warehouses is trying to raise £200m to expand property portfolio

Cautious outlook following recent setback weighs on the share price

Sportswear retailer remains a highly attractive stock for investors to own

Recruiter suffers profit warning; will a dividend cut be the next bit of bad news?

Software opportunity amid 2020 Government target

Fastenings engineer set to wipe out borrowings

New business push and cost control is set to pay off

You should get to know DS Smith as it may soon reach the top league of London’s biggest listed firms

UK small and mid-cap investment trusts available on wide discounts

Henderson High Income Trust may interest anyone wanting to scoop up generous dividends

We look at five key issues relevant to people working out how to fund their retirement

Having a rainy day fund means you won’t be forced to sell investments if you suddenly need money

It is frustrating when companies are blind to obvious problems

Spending to ramp-up at struggling department store operator

Search ads Google’s money-spinning weapon

BlackRock goes from strength to strength thanks to its iShares division

Zoopla has significant potential to grow earnings, says investment bank

Price comparison site faces tough competition and trades on lofty valuation

Tenth consecutive month of private sector growth

More stringent affordability checks threaten to dent car dealers’ earnings

Merged gaming giant expected to deliver good trading news

First quarter results may reflect choppy oil prices

The rare disease specialist recently reported strong US demand

The tobacco titan offers a reliable stream of dividends

The company is focused on lifting output from Nigerian asset

The chemicals business is confident of operating profit growth in 2017

Growth and stock re-rating story remains intact

Shares surge justifies faith in ID security business

Selling shoemaker in the open market looks the low risk option

Share price up 75% since we said buy in February