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Why JD Sports Fashion can sustain its winning run

Thursday 20 Feb 2020

Sentiment towards the UK retail sector remains largely negative, not helped by a number of post-Christmas profit warnings, yet JD Sports Fashion ( JD. ) continues to stand out from the crowd. The sports fashion and outdoor brands retailer is one of the UK retail sector’s all-time success stories...

Why Tesla shares can’t continue to motor

Thursday 13 Feb 2020

There’s been only one share on the lips of investors over the past week or two; Tesla . The electric car maker seemed to turn a corner with its latest fourth quarter trading update, opening the floodgates on an almighty short squeeze that sent the stock soaring. Just eight months ago Tesla’s shares...

Should you reinvest Sirius Minerals takeover cash in Anglo American shares?

Thursday 06 Feb 2020

Investors who bought shares in Sirius Minerals ( SXX ) and who want to retain exposure to the company’s Woodsmith potash project face a very different proposition now that Anglo American ( AAL ) looks set to take ownership through its planned £409m takeover of Sirius. To follow the development of...

M&S should choose revolution over evolution in order to grow

Thursday 23 Jan 2020

According to chief executive Steve Rowe, a 35-year veteran of Marks & Spencer ( MKS ) , the venerable retailer is roughly at the halfway point in its three to five-year journey of transformation to ‘restore the basics’ and create a ‘profitable, growing family of businesses’. However, true to...

Why growth could be a hard slog for Morrisons

Thursday 16 Jan 2020

The UK’s fourth-largest supermarket chain can proudly trace its roots back to 1899 when William Morrison first set up his stall trading eggs and butter in Bradford Market. Today the business operates from almost 500 stores across the country, most of which it owns freehold, and turns over more than...

Unilever needs to revive growth to reignite its share price

Thursday 09 Jan 2020

Consumer goods firm Unilever ( ULVR ) has found itself at a crossroads at the start of a new decade having ended 2019 with a whimper. It warned on sales growth in a disappointing trading update on 17 December. The timing of the update was poor given the company had spent a large part of a recent...

McDonald’s investors will be ‘lovin’ it’ if its growth plans succeed

Thursday 07 Nov 2019

A man was walking along a busy shopping street with his six-year-old niece looking for a place to stop for lunch. They spotted a McDonald’s and immediately the little girl reeled off the meal, drink and toy she wanted to have – no menu required, no eye-catching photos to prompt a decision, she just...

Find out about how GlaxoSmithkline is changing

Thursday 31 Oct 2019

When new chief executive Emma Walmsley took over the reins of GlaxoSmithkline ( GSK ) in April 2017 she conducted a strategic review of the business. The upshot is that over the last year the company has been undergoing a complete change of direction to become a more focused specialised...

Is Halfords a bargain or a value trap?

Thursday 24 Oct 2019

Specialist retailer Halfords ( HFD ) may be the market leader in various parts of the motoring and cycling sectors, but the company’s protracted struggles are reflected in a rock-bottom equity valuation. Once the go-to place for car parts and bikes, Halfords is recovering from a failed strategy...

The key reasons why Berkshire Hathaway is so successful

Thursday 03 Oct 2019

Best known as the investment vehicle of legendary value investor Warren Buffett and his business partner Charlie Munger, Berkshire Hathaway has also produced remarkable returns for outside investors since the pair took over running the firm more than 50 years ago. Berkshire says its total gain in...