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We remain positive on Centrica despite commodity price setback

Thursday 20 Feb 2020

Centrica ( CNA ) 73p Loss to date: 19.2% Original entry point: Buy at 90.42p, 19 December 2019 Our value-driven ‘buy’ call on energy firm Centrica ( CNA ) is off to an underpowered start thanks to a disappointing set of full year results (13 Feb). The company reported adjusted profit down 35% to £...

S & U lifted by improving economic sentiment

Thursday 20 Feb 2020

S & U ( SUS ) £24.40 Gain to date: 9.9% Original entry point: Buy at £22.20, 30 May 2019 Motor finance and bridging loan provider S & U ( SUS ) delivered another positive trading update last week, confirming our view that the business is well placed to cash in on a recovery in the UK...

Buy Persimmon which yields 7% and is getting its house in order

Thursday 20 Feb 2020

We think housebuilder Persimmon ( PSN ) can close the valuation gap on its rivals as it repairs its reputation and improves its building practices amid robust conditions for the wider sector. The housebuilding space has enjoyed good momentum since the December general election delivered a measure...

Bargain entry point to access activist investor Dan Loeb

Thursday 20 Feb 2020

A steep 20% discount to net asset value (NAV) at London-listed Third Point Offshore Investors ( TPOU ) offers an attractive entry point for those keen to access the money-making acumen of Wall Street luminary Dan Loeb, a famous activist investor. We’ll be upfront and say this investment is not for...

Smart Metering Systems now has a quoted rival in Calisen

Thursday 13 Feb 2020

Smart Metering Systems ( SMS ) 525.5p Gain to date: 11.8% Original entry point: Buy at 470p, 24 October 2019 One of Smart Metering Systems’ ( SMS ) larger rivals has joined the UK stock market and has a less appealing investment proposition. Calisen ( CLSN ) , valued at £1.3bn versus £582m for SMS...

The asset manager in hot demand for income and ESG funds

Thursday 13 Feb 2020

Asset management Liontrust ( LIO ) has outstanding prospects thanks to soaring demand for ESG-related investment products and a cracking reputation of running successful funds. Don’t be put off by its share price having already enjoyed a good run. We think it is only in the early stages of a...

Lok’n Store continues to impress

Thursday 13 Feb 2020

Lok’n Store ( LOK:AIM ) 730p Gain to date: 28.7% Original entry price: Buy at 574p, 7 November 2019 Self-storage play Lok’n Store ( LOK:AIM ) is rewarding our faith with the latest trading update for the six months to 31 January 2020 revealing decent momentum in the business (10 Feb). Like-for-like...

Why Rank Group has some serious momentum

Thursday 13 Feb 2020

We think the transformation afoot at casino to bingo operator Rank Group ( RNK ) can continue to benefit the company and its share price. This shift is not just about cutting costs, but changing the culture of the whole organisation, making it more dynamic in a bid to boost growth and achieve £1bn...

Avast shares hit by privacy scandal

Thursday 06 Feb 2020

Avast ( AVST ) 436p Gain to date: 45.9% Original entry point: Buy at 298.8p, 16 May 2019 Our positive call on online security firm Avast ( AVST ) remains comfortably in the money despite a recent setback for the firm. It emerged that Avast, owner of anti-virus software AVG, had been selling...

Future faces second bear raid

Thursday 06 Feb 2020

Future ( FUTR ) £13.66 Loss to date: 3.8% Original entry point: Buy at £14.20, 14 November 2019 Magazine publisher Future ( FUTR ) is facing its second ‘bear raid’ in a little more than six months and this makes us sufficiently cautious to cut our losses on this stock. A bear raid involves a third...

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