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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...

Nagging cash flow concerns mean Netflix’s shares aren’t worth owning

Thursday 19 Sep 2019

US streaming TV giant Netflix is one of those stock market ‘marmite’ stories; investors tend to either love or hate it. Even at a glance the bear argument is easy to grasp. Subscriber growth is slowing, competition is intensifying and large amounts of cash are needed to keep content fresh, while it...

How retailer Next is radically transforming its business

Thursday 12 Sep 2019

Leicester-based Next ( NXT ) has navigated through the tough retail environment by radically changing the shape of its business while maintaining a disciplined financial performance. The company has indicated that it expects more of the same over the next decade. Rather like a swan gracefully...

We explain how Google’s owner Alphabet makes its money

Thursday 05 Sep 2019

Google has become a major part of everyday life thanks to its range of sought-after products and services. To ‘Google’ has become an English verb to describe searching the internet, while many readers will own Android-powered smartphones or tune in to YouTube videos regularly – all part of the...

Gold is at a six-year high and this miner has taken full advantage

Thursday 22 Aug 2019

As gold continues to hit the heights, it would seem one miner of the shiny metal timed their entry to the market perfectly. Australian miner Resolute Mining ( RSG ) listed on the Main Market of London Stock Exchange in June, at a time when gold was hitting five-year highs of $1,385 per ounce. As we...

Southend Airport the key to unlocking Stobart's growth potential

Thursday 15 Aug 2019

Having featured more drama than a soap opera in the last few years, infrastructure and support services firm Stobart Group ( STOB ) is out to simplify itself. Formerly of Eddie Stobart trucking fame, those iconic trucks with female names like Tammy, Dolly and Suzie now belong to another company...

Why US-listed Verizon appears in so many UK investors’ portfolios

Thursday 08 Aug 2019

With more than 155m subscribers New York-listed Verizon Communications is America’s second biggest mobile phone network and its rough $232bn market value ranks it 21st in the S&P 500. It covers more of the US than any rival and its network is widely seen as the best quality available in its...