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Market buzz - 17 hours ago
As Rupert Soames leaves Aggreko for Serco after 11 years as Chief Executive, it is time to sell the shares, Questor advised in the Sunday Telegraph. The shares rose from 140p to £16 in Soames' time as boss at the temporary power company. Profits peaked in 2012 when Aggreko supplied power for the London Olympics and reconstruction projects in Japan after the tsunami. With that business gone, Aggreko's price to forward earnings ratio of 19.2 is too high. The announcement of more capital returning to shareholders also suggests growth prospects are fewer.
Company news - 3 days ago
The Footsie is moving lower despite the better-than-expected US jobs data released just an hour ago.
Broker tips - 3 days ago
Security solutions group G4S was making decent gains on Friday ahead of its 2013 results due out next week, with Charles Stanley providing a lift after giving the stock an 'accumulate' recommendation.
Morning traders' note - 3 days ago
Daily global markets overview for the 7th March 2014 by Accendo Markets. Also the overnight activity and what can be expected in the markets today. Information straight from the traders’ desks. Insights on commodities, equities, stocks and forex currencies.
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Tracking and security products developer Starcom (STAR), which floated on AIM in February 2013, has been selling its WatchLock padlock for a couple of years but with the backing of global locks supplier Assa Abloy the sales could grow even faster.
Assa Abloy is about to start selling the WatchLock in the UK and in April it will be launched in the US to be followed by roll-outs in other countries. The WatchLock will be sold under the Assa Abloy, Mul-T-Lock and Yale brands.
As equity markets press on to record highs, we are seeing an increase in the number of companies looking to list their shares on open markets. Are they likely to be worth investing in?
Last year saw the highly-publicised flotation of Royal Mail (RMG), and white goods retailer AO.comrecently joined the market as AO World (AO.). Now a number of retailers are moving along the road to becoming publicly listed.
Small company finance provider 1PM (OPM) has come a long way in the past few years. The company has achieved a turnaround by increasing lending at the same time as minimising bad debts. 1PM has also attracted the backing of a major financial institution.
Small businesses are finding it difficult to gain finance from high street banks and 1PM is well placed to take advantage. It has been able to attract funding that has allowed the lending portfolio to grow.
Those who have followed me for some years know that I have been a fan of trading and investing in commodities for well over a decade and I have held numerous seminars with the commodities guru Jim Rogers.
Now unlike many I am happy to also go short or just step out of the area when I don’t see great opportunities. For the last few years I have really had less interest in commodities frankly the opportunities have been far better in stocks so why would I bother with commodities?
In my last piece a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a positive “Eureka” experience I had as a new trader, when I “finally realized that success was as much a function of what I traded even more than how I traded it.”
Today I want to expand on exactly why it is so important, and detail some simple methods you can use to determine your own universe within which you look for trades.