magazine 18 May 2017

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One way of discovering the strongest companies on the UK stock market is to look at profit margins. The new issue of Shares discusses a range of stocks which enjoy high margins and explains why they are better placed to cope with competitive challenges, albeit not invincible.

Discover the UK cyber security stocks in hot demand following the high profile ransomware attack last weekend; and learn why global funds don’t always live up to their name.

The digital magazine looks at sentiment towards UK equities as the FTSE 100 breaks through the 7,500 level for the first time ever. You’ll find a discussion on whether newly-listed Eve Sleep could be the next Fevertree (whose share price is up by more than 1,000% since its 2014 IPO).

The new edition also explores the growing number of investment trusts changing their strategy, as well as revealing what retail investors can learn from fund managers.

Do high profit margins make them invincible?

Looming IP battle with Apple may spark sale of graphics technology company

Ransomware attack sparks surge in demand for specialist shares

A third of advisers think London shares will provide ‘best’ medium-term return

Asset management software supplier Alfa could soon join the FTSE 250 index

Emergency cash call if buyer cannot be found for energy business

Retail marketing play provides bullish update on trading

Mobile banking is the main means of commerce in certain markets and Vipera may well make hay

Impressive demand for its funds trigger higher earnings expectations

Analyst predicts significant earnings growth for lipstick seller over next few years

It has developed a compelling portfolio after re-focusing the business

Investors can often miss out on large chunks of the world without them knowing

Numerous investment trusts and funds want to amend their strategy and the types of assets they can hold

A simple and easy-to-understand guide to tax rules for people in retirement

We explain the difference between Scrip and Drip dividend schemes

Think of Fevertree and Purplebricks when you look at new IPO, Eve Sleep

High street bank is returning to full private ownership

Cambridge virtual reality start-up raises huge funding

Filtronic set to chalk-up first profit since 2013

Bookmaker makes interesting move into daily fantasy sports market

Fosun to promote Greece as a hot spot for Chinese tourists

We look for inspiration in six of Standard Life’s top investing principles

Babcock has had a wobbly time of late, will its results be cheery or teary?

Newspaper publisher set to report its first half results

Struggling end markets may be starting to improve

The specialist retailer has first mover advantage in a fragmented industry

We argue that professional training and information specialist is undervalued

We remain positive on metals miner despite elevated earnings risk

Disappointment over initial results from drilling does not undermine investment case

Boardroom shuffle suggest opportunities are accelerating