Five tips to survive volatile markets

Volatility, what volatility? Having got used to choppier markets for much of 2018, the past few sessions have seemed like 2017 all over again as the FTSE 100 (UKX) Index climbs back to near record levels. But this serene performance shouldn’t lull investors into a false of sense of security, even if the VIX index of […]

easyJet shares boom continues

With the dividend disappointment of last summer now a distant memory, the fortunes of easyJet (EZJ) investors continued to brighten today. Shares in the low-cost airline have now surged by 50% since last September, with analysts at RBC Capital pointing to a further 10% upside to 1,900p after CEO Johan Lundgren gave a boost to profits […]

Bit of a wobble for dividend king Vodafone

It is game on for Vodafone (VOD), as its ability to react to a challenging environment whilst positioning itself for the future begins to reap rewards. On most metrics, the company has exceeded expectations, with another reduction in net operating costs and a strong hike in adjusted earnings pushing Vodafone back into the black. Full-year pre-tax […]

Brief wobble for dividend king Vodafone

It is game on for Vodafone (VOD), as its ability to react to a challenging environment whilst positioning itself for the future begins to reap rewards. On most metrics, the company has exceeded expectations, with another reduction in net operating costs and a strong hike in adjusted earnings pushing Vodafone back into the black. Full-year pre-tax […]

Stockwatch: Intrigued by this share’s potential

Is there further upside for near-£150 million UK/European support services stock Communisis (CMS) in customer communications for major brands? Or, given it currently appears challenged to rise above my price objective of 70p, with the March prelims showing only 3-4% growth rates, is it time to lock in gains? The outlook statement was kept rather vague – “looking […]

Can this soft drink firm sustain sweet success?

AG BARR (LSE:BAG) The makers of Scotland’s other national drink were supposed to be left reeling when US President Trump declared war on them. The problem; Barrs’ Irn Bru stains cannot be removed from his Scottish Hotel carpets. The greater surprise is why no-one thought to ask a Scot how to remove the ginger stain? […]

Oil, gold and metals latest

Oil markets were rocked by Iranian sanctions and problems in Venezuela last week. This week BP chief executive Dudley said that the Iran sanctions could take 1 million barrels off the market per day. We are yet to see if it will be Saudi Arabia or US shale that will pick up the slack. Meanwhile, […]

FX Focus: The trick for Fed and dollar bulls

In the past week, the US inflation numbers have been levelling off a little, but as is – or should be – the case, the Fed will need to see a few months data before they can start to make assumptions on how CPI levels are going to play out. Based on recent US dollar […]

Chart of the week: A FTSE 100 dog back in favour

What’s next for Next? I started getting interested in these shares late last year when they were in plunge mode off a high of £82 to the July 2017 low of £36. Of course, that is contrary to most people’s trading approach who only get interested when the trend is firmly up (egged on by […]

Trump’s olive branch and new Italy crisis

After a very good week for equity markets last week, Europe is pausing for breath, assessing recent tweets from President Trump alongside developments in Italy. Markets are hoping that the olive branch extended by President Trump to Chinese telecoms company ZTE, having previously imposed draconian sanctions on the company, and other supportive tweets yesterday suggesting […]