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Mining winners and losers from Tesla’s Battery Day

Thursday 24 Sep 2020

The mining industry watched with interest on 22 September as electric vehicle maker Tesla revealed a host of innovations at its highly anticipated ‘Battery Day’, giving clues to where future commodities demand could be. One of the biggest takeaways from the event was Tesla’s announcement that it...

Increased investor anxiety is leading to some big share price moves

Thursday 24 Sep 2020

Increasing investor anxiety is leading to bigger share individual price moves on a daily and weekly basis and the last week was no exception with a number of large fallers. Engineering group Rolls-Royce ( RR. ) was forced to release a statement after increasing speculation that the company was...

Sell off fears grow after new restrictions

Thursday 24 Sep 2020

Equity markets have taken a big fall as concerns grow we could see a repeat of the volatility seen in March amid rising coronavirus infections. The market moves come as prime minister Boris Johnson announced new curbs in a bid to halt the spread of Covid-19, but stopped short of ordering a new...

Prolonged working from home is positive for Kingfisher

Thursday 24 Sep 2020

The UK Government’s U-turn on encouraging people going back to the office to work provides DIY retailer Kingfisher ( KGF ) with an opportunity to sustain its recent positive sales momentum. It could see more people think about doing up their property, particularly if they are going to be staying at...

Recovery funds firmly out of fashion as leading manager exits

Thursday 24 Sep 2020

Last week saw a changing of the guard at fund group M&G ( MNG ) with Tom Dobell, a 28-year veteran of the firm, stepping down from the M&G Recovery Fund (3128921) which he had managed since 2000. As per its name the fund invests in ‘value’ stocks in the hope that they will recover. It had a...

Supermarkets face new pressures despite online boom

Thursday 17 Sep 2020

Supermarket sales eased in August as the sector begins to eye a key festive period which could be blighted by new coronavirus restrictions and a weak consumer backdrop. The brightest star in the groceries firmament continues to be Ocado ( OCDO ) which despite some teething problems bucked the...

Markets are holding firm following an earlier recovery

Thursday 17 Sep 2020

The initial market rebound from the coronavirus correction was rapid as investors dusted themselves off and, aided by central bank and government stimulus and vaccine progress, looked towards a recovery for businesses and the economy. The story of the third quarter has been one of relative...

Large number of UK stocks see 20%+ gains in a week

Thursday 17 Sep 2020

Forty two companies on the UK stock market have seen their share prices rise by at least 20% over the past week (to 15 September), principally as investors race to own shares issuing positive news, albeit some of the aforementioned stocks moved on no news at all. One of the biggest gains came from...

Changing consumer habits could favour companies less reliant on city centres

Thursday 17 Sep 2020

Local high streets and out-of-town retail parks could see a resurgence as the public opts to either stay near to their homes for shopping and leisure activities, or to go somewhere with ample car parking space so they don’t mix with others in close proximity on public transport. There are already...

Fears over housebuilder leasehold scandal

Thursday 10 Sep 2020

News that four major housebuilders are in the sights of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) over the way leasehold properties were sold has uncomfortable echoes of the PPI scandal which hit the banks after the financial crisis. Shares in the quartet, Barratt Developments ( BDEV ) ,...

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