Cloud computing services provider Nasstar (NASA) has been transformed by its acquisition of rival e-know.net. The integration of the operations is already far advanced and the business should be profitable this year.
e-know.net was established by David Redwood in 2000 and it was much larger than Nasstar, which paid £13m in cash and shares for the company in January and raised £10.5m from a placing at 5p a share.
Shares in Abcam (ABC), the provider of antibodies for the life sciences research and testing sector, have fallen by more than a quarter in recent weeks after a profit warning at the beginning of last month, with some investors clearly now having doubts about the long term future for the company. But new research might indicate things aren't as bad as some doomsayers believe.
Independent antibody search engine CiteAb has released new data today that suggests that this is a temporary dip for Abcam, with a brighter future ahead.
British fashion is in demand. Having recently asked on my own site whether or not Burberry’s shares were too fashionable for their own good, I thought I’d have a look at Ted Baker, another one of our impressive fashion exports.
Unlike Burberry which has a history stretching back more than a century, Ted Baker is a relatively new company, having started with a single store in Glasgow in 1988.
We’ve seen a strong move higher for both the FTSE 250 and GBP/USD over recent months. Great trends like these are always popular with traders, but does the rising pound spell danger for the FTSE 250’s rally?
As the pound has gained against the US dollar, there has been an increase in the number of noted economists and policymakers warn that the UK economy is at risk if the currency continues to appreciate.
Delays in contracts will knock the profitability achieved by call centre and outsourced services provider IBEX Global Solutions in this financial year and the share price slumped by one-eighth on this news.
The costs of the new business have fallen into the current year but the revenues will come through in 2014-15. The shares are attractive on the basis of the forecast earnings and dividends for the next two years.
Supermarkets are a focus of attention at present, given the news that Morrisons (MRW) is planning to take on the low-cost German retailers, while Sainsbury’s (SBRY) has reported its first fall in sales in nine years and Tesco (TSCO) has been given its first ‘sell’ rating since 1996.
But, assuming there are still investors brave (or foolhardy) enough to invest in supermarkets, what can we draw from the current state of play in the sector?
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.
Facebook’s tenth birthday today will be celebrated along with record quarterly results, released last week, beating all analyst expectations for the social network.
Interestingly just UK six investment trusts have exposure to the social media giant. This limited exposure may reflect some of the cynicism of many investment commentators at the time of Facebook’s IPO on 18 May 2012.
Thu, 1st Jan - * The flow of data will slow down over the coming week, with the main highlights expected to be the latest manufacturing sector purchasing managers' indices (PMI) due out in the Eurozone and China, on Wednesday.