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This week’s Shares looks at ways of spotting quality companies and finds eight UK stocks which meet a testing set of financial criteria.

Also in the issue: a look under the bonnet of the UK’s largest company and major dividend payer Royal Dutch Shell, funds offering exposure to India post the re-election of Narendra Modi, the most popular investment trusts and a discussion on the future of restaurants.

Find out about some stock market stars of 2019, why you can learn from historic market bubbles and how a FTSE 250 brick maker has solid foundations.

The digital magazine also features an article on bid activity in the housebuilding sector.

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds is still relevant 178 years after publication

Greggs, Burberry and Somero are among eight names passing our quality tests

Are UK shares cheap enough to offset perceived threats to the economy?

Activist ValueAct pushes for a private equity takeover

We look at major share price movers and key announcements over the past week

Around 20% of forecast earnings at risk in analysts worst case scenario calculations

Investment Association to include these low-cost and increasingly popular passives within its fund sectors

We reveal where the FTSE 100 giant gets the cash to fund its mighty dividends

With the election settled investors can look forward to more reforms-backed returns

We reveal the top names and their 10 year returns

We consider a new approach to making your pension last long enough

We look at three Shares’ favourites which are heading for mid cap status

Focus on the fundamentals not who is occupying Number 10

Why eating out is changing and what it means for the industry

This brick maker’s strong market position is not reflected in its valuation

Three reasons to like this fast-growing financial player

Popular investment trust still pulling the high growth levers

Star manager Terry Smith will continue to oversee progress at Fundsmith Emerging Equities Trust

We explain how to filter the market and the key points to consider

We explain the rules around dipping into your pension while still paying into it