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The key reasons why you need to invest in Microsoft

Thursday 18 Jul 2019

While everyone will know Microsoft as a brand, the inner workings of its business are perhaps less well known among investors even though it is widely held, either directly through shares or via investment funds. No company did more to seed the personal computing explosion in the 1980s and 1990s,...

Why Wizz Air wants to lower fares but increase extras

Thursday 11 Jul 2019

He made his name as the man who brought Pringles to Hungary. Now Wizz Air ( WIZZ ) co-founder and chief executive Jozsef Varadi is once again trying to create waves in Eastern Europe. The Budapest-based airline has expanded significantly as passengers across the region take advantage of the cheaper...

Why new float Loungers can buck the high street gloom

Thursday 04 Jul 2019

In our view there are two key things which stand-out about newly-listed casual dining outfit Loungers ( LGRS:AIM ) which make it an interesting investment proposition. First, because each Lounge is a hybrid format, it doesn’t compete directly with restaurants, coffee shops and bars in a local area...

Now is not the time to invest in Lloyds Banking

Thursday 27 Jun 2019

The last 20 years have certainly been eventful for Lloyds Banking ( LLOY ) , a stock owned by a large number of retail investors thanks to a history of generous dividends. From a sleepy high street also-ran it has grown through a series of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) into the largest UK-...

Reckitt Benckiser’s new chief executive has a difficult job ahead

Thursday 20 Jun 2019

The retirement of company veteran Rakesh Kapoor as chief executive potentially spared the board of consumer goods firm Reckitt Benckiser ( RB. ) from a tough decision after a promising start to his tenure tailed off badly. Given that Reckitt has just confirmed Kapoor’s replacement – an external...

How Future bounced back to join the FTSE 250

Thursday 13 Jun 2019

Magazines as a format emerged to serve people’s interests and hobbies, and they have developed over time to cover everything from politics and gardening to photography. The industry has gone through significant change in recent years because of people’s increasing reluctance to hand over hard-...

How does Shell make its money and should you buy its shares?

Thursday 30 May 2019

With a market cap of more than £200bn Anglo-Dutch oil major Royal Dutch Shell ( RDSB ) is comfortably the largest company on the UK stock market. To put its position into perspective, it accounts for around 10% of the FTSE 100 index on its own. Given its heavyweight status in London and the...

Battle of the broadcasters: why is STV beating ITV?

Thursday 16 May 2019

What is ITV’s ( ITV ) counterpart north of the border getting right that its former parent is getting wrong? Both are under relatively new management and Carolyn McCall at ITV and Simon Pitts at STV ( STVG ) arguably face the same challenges of a difficult consumer backdrop and political...

Can GoCompare disrupt the price comparison sector?

Thursday 09 May 2019

Few of us love household admin and even if we did, even fewer of us are blessed with huge amounts of time to devote to it no matter the savings we could achieve. It’s no wonder that a new platform which could take the stress out of switching energy, broadband, insurance and financial services...

Why the recovery at Luceco looks attractive

Thursday 02 May 2019

LED lighting and electricals manufacturer Luceco ( LUCE ) is on track to roughly double pre-tax profit in 2019 as it bounces back from a series of problems. These challenges have included retail-facing customers running down existing LED stocks and price increases on key raw materials, particularly...