Bombed-out Mothercare offers hope

Investors holding out for a Mothercare (MTC) recovery were given some hope today as the retail chain revealed its strategy for a firmer financial footing. Taking the now well-trodden path of a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), Mothercare wants to exit about 50 stores and achieve material rent reductions on a further 21. Where the company had 400 […]

This is the big one for Ocado!

Ocado (OCDO)’s last remaining short-sellers were put to the sword in spectacular fashion today as the technology stock masquerading as an online retailer produced easily the biggest deal in its history. Shares rocketed 42% to record levels after Ocado said it would partner with Kroger to create as many as 20 automated Customer Fulfilment Centres (CFCs) […]

Royal Mail shareholders bag massive profits

Royal Mail (RMG) has delivered steady progress with these full-year numbers, bolstered again by the strength of its European business. The GLS unit, which accounts for 25% of overall revenues, again showed growth of 10%, whilst there were marginal gains in the headline revenue and adjusted profit numbers. The group’s focus on costs is becoming sharper, […]

Ocado shares put Thomas Cook in the shade

There have been several consistent themes running in 2018, each shifting in level of importance as events unfold. None of these possible game changers has fulfilled its potential yet, but none has been resolved either, so investors continue to factor in risk around trade with China, nuclearization of North Korea, conflict in the Middle East, […]

Why UK Oil & Gas chart shows potential

UK Oil & Gas (LSE:UKOG) Launching directly into “boring” probably isn’t the best way to start a riveting report. Alas, UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) has displayed one of these charty things which always bears some scrutiny, the often ignored and derided “Flying Monkey” pattern. Okay, it was clickbait. There’s no such pattern – to our […]

Investors give snow-hit pub sector a miss

Even after a few glorious sun-kissed days of al-fresco drinking and dining, there remains a chill in the air for pub giants Mitchells & Butlers (MAB) and Marston's (MARS). Their shares fell sharply today as the City looked back two months to count the costs of the Beast From the East, which shut some pubs and dealt an […]

10 contrarian blue-chip stocks for daring investors

Back in 1939 an investor called John Templeton made an unusual series of investments. As America was emerging from 10 years of the Great Depression, the young Templeton (who was only in his late-twenties at the time) sensed an opportunity. He bought $100 of every stock trading below $1 on the New York and American […]

Winners and losers: Micro Focus vs Crest Nicholson

Contrasting reactions to updates from Micro Focus International (MCRO) and Crest Nicholson (CRST) have highlighted the minefield facing investors in today’s uncertain markets. Only a few weeks ago, Micro Focus appeared to be heading for a quick exit from the FTSE 100 (UKX) Index after a savage profits warning in March triggered by problems with its transformational £6.6 billion deal […]

Burberry shares snapped up after better results

Whilst these are not results which shoot the lights out, Burberry (BRBY) will be pleased with its progress given the fact that it is in the early stages of its planned transformation. Full-year pre-tax profit was marginally ahead of expectations, cost savings were above plan and there was a positive contribution from its retail arm. Meanwhile, […]