Stock of Bovis Homes, along with its peers, saw an extraordinary surge in its share price yesterday, up 12p to 765p, almost twice where it was last June. The stock is approaching a 30% premium to their estimated net asset value; this seems to be building in an awful lot of the future growth expected by analysts. "Not a bad time to take some profits," writes The Times's Tempus.
Stock of Bovis Homes, along with its peers, saw an extraordinary surge in its share price yesterday, up 12p to 765p, almost twice where it was last June. The stock is approaching a 30% premium to their estimated net asset value; this seems to be building in an awful lot of the future growth expected by analysts. "Not a bad time to take some profits," writes The Times's Tempus. Yesterday
Change is in the air at HSBC. The lender has been right to concentrate on cost-cutting, having exited 50 businesses and announced roughly 44,000 lay-offs since 2011 - even if its cost-to-income ratio has risen over the past three years. Indeed, banks have been at pains recently to show investors that they can still grow, but HSBC does have greater exposure to emerging markets, while "soggy" top lines are being me with a renewed focus on efficiency and returns, with the lender's pay-out ratio having improved from 47% in 2010 to 55% last year, the FT's Lex column writes. 2 days ago
Icap is fighting to restructure and survive. Hence the very positive market reaction on Tuesday when it announced that it would beat its target for cost savings. Far more important even, traders breathed a sigh of relief that it did not cut its dividend payment. Nevertheless, a 12 per cent revenue decline alongside pre-tax profits off by 20 per cent at 284m pounds shows how difficult it is to align costs with declining markets. In addition, there are pending regulatory changes the impact of which, positive or negative, is hard to discern. Icap has been dragged into the Libor scandal, and if found guilty, could face a fine of up to 25m dollars. "The yield of 6.5 per cent may look attractive, but, given the uncertainties, I would be in no mood to chase," The Times´s Tempus says. 3 days ago
Authorities attempts to create a challenger to the main established lending groups - RBS, Lloyds, Barclays, HSBC - are in a state of disarrray after Moody´s six notch downgrade of Co-op last week. Simply put, creating a large new lender is far more difficult and risky than many appreciate. In any case, the fact remains that the sector´s main players continue to dominate the current account market, of which they still possess over 70 per cent. The lesson to be drawn from the above may be that a bunch of focused, niche banks - such as Aldermore - could be a bigger threat to the big four banks than any Frankenstein-like creation which the government may try to spawn, says the FT´s Lex column. 4 days ago
Engineering outfit Invensys seems to have finally gotten its hands around its problematic pensions deficit, such that it is no longer a deterrent to would-be investors. In fact, should the company maintain its guidance for its pensions deficit steady - when it unveils its annual results - that may well clear the last remaining obstacle to a bid. In fact, once a premium is factored in then the bid price could reach about 4bn pounds - with Schneider Electric of France and America's Emerson thought to be the most likely suitors. Ironically, that would suffice to clean out said pensions liabilities. No surprise then that the company´s share price has doubled in the last twelve months, writes The Sunday Times´s Matthew Goodman. 6 days ago
FTSE 100 retail property developer Hammerson yesterday delivered a mixed trading update. However, the company does seem to have a good long-term strategy in place, of exiting the London office market in favour of local retail space, which - it must be said - goes against current received wisdom. To that one must add the strong pipeline of assets coming along. In fact, the company is forecasting earnings growth of 25% over the next three years. Nevertheless, the fact that it is now almost trading at its net asset value means that immediate progress may be limited. 8 days ago
Despite general US data thus far this week coming in a little softer, the dollar retains a bid tone, as US risk markets keep on posting new highs despite much speculation on whether USD may have rallied a little too far, too quickly.
Today we await CPI numbers and US data including housing, jobless claims and the Philly Fed.)
The depreciation of the Japanese yen has been an ongoing process for many months now, and recent developments have contributed to its continued decline. However, upcoming data might change the direction upwards.
Japan’s currency is once more weakening compared to the US dollar.
Despite the fact that it’s only mid- May, the FTSE100 looks set to record a new high for the 12th consecutive month.
Compared to the likes of the Dow, the Dax and the S&P500, the FTSE being quite heavily weighted with the financial and mining sector has dragged itsheels in re-acquiring a record high level. Perhaps it’s the mining sector that is serving as a drag which since February has seen a total decline of almost 25%.
The fine wine market is expected to continue its recent resurgence in 2013 and, if you haven’t thought about investing in this asset class before there are increasingly strong reasons for certain types of investor.
Traders and other high-frequency type traders need read no further, this is for long-term investors. It can be traded with spread betting.
Because there is a limited supply of top wine and high demand from around the globe that usually exceeds supply this generally keeps prices up over the long term - but like some illiquid shares, in the short term prices can remain unmoved for a while. But unlike shares, many buyers don't just buy for investment; they happily and rapidly drink up their bottles which reduces the world stocks.
Shares in eco-boiler maker Energetix have been given the serious cold shoulder since a recent announcement by the company. Just look at the chart below where the price has fizzled from 35p to below 15p in a fortnight.
It's not surprising really. When your chief executive resigns and you confess that might need more cash in the future, the market doesn't tend to take a fond view. However, I believe the market has over-reacted on a long-term view, as it generally does, which allows more optimistic investors to take opportunity.
Energetix is poised to benefit from government energy deregulation and has a shrewd and unusual business model that is not reflected in the shares - this time next year I can see the shares back to where they were in April.