These are the 10 top share tips and recommended trades for 2015 from our network of experts: professional traders, analysts and stock tipsters. Stock tips include some supermarkets, a US car maker, an AIM penny share and a FTSE 100 insurer, while there are three top forex trades and a pair of indices.
Good luck if you add them to your portfolio, but remember picking one share to buy for 2015 is a notoriously difficult thing to do and investments can go down as well as up!
With its mathematical formula to explain why ‘hipsters’ try to look different but end up looking the same, a radical new scientific paper could provide interesting lessons for contrarian investors. I think it's possible to take something from this unusual juxtaposition, even if it's just the mental image of Warren Buffet with a hipster beard and tattoos.
Mathematical neuroscientist Jonathan Touboul from the Collège de France in Paris has written a paper titled: “The Hipster Effect: When anti-conformists all look the same”.
Personal Group Holdings PGH has historically been a steady business offering employee benefits, but the purchase of Lets Connect, which provides salary sacrifice schemes enabling employees to acquire computers and other technology products, should be the first step on accelerating the company’s growth rate.
Personal has been around for three decades and the core business has historically been selling hospital plans and providing other employee benefits. The main income has come from the hospital plans, which offer a payment if the client goes into hospital, and the associated interest income on the payments.
When I think of WH Smith’s (SMWH) I think of a familiar friend on the high street selling magazines, stationery and, in the good old days, 12-inch records from top 80s bands.
What I don’t think of is a rocket-powered growth machine, relentlessly driving earnings and dividends per share upwards every year. But in recent years that is exactly what it’s become.
Defence and security business Cohort (CHRT) has made its second earnings-enhancing acquisition in the current financial year. The latest acquisition is expected to enhance 2015-16 earnings by 15%.
AIM-quoted Cohort sold its space business earlier this year and that gave it a cash pile to finance acquisitions.
We've just had one of the best rallies of the year followed by one of the biggest sell-offs - and they say volatility is dying. Well, this just goes to show just how nervous the market is right now.
Concerns about the rest of the world, with stalling recovery in Europe and slowing growth in China, are leading the market to think this will not bode very well at all for US equities in the medium/long term.
StatPro (SOG) has been supplying portfolio analysis software for two decades and it is going through a major transformation into a cloud-based business. The investment required has hit short-term profit but investors with patience should find it pays off in the longer-term.
The focus is increasing sales of cloud-based product StatPro Revolution, which enables portfolio information to be shared with as many people as the subscriber wants.
Investing in the stock market doesn’t have to be about making a killing or losing it all.
It doesn’t have to be a high-stress roller coaster and you certainly don’t have to sit up all night sweating because one of your investments has cut its dividend. Instead it’s possible to invest simply and sensibly, buying quality shares at attractive prices.
Soft drinks maker Nichols (NICL) has a strong, long-term track record but an unfavourable litigation result has knocked the share price. The underlying business remains strong and the shares provide a steady income.
Nichols has a range of brands that it owns or it licences for the soft drinks market. They include the core brand Vimto, Panda, Sunkist, Levi Roots and Weight Watchers.
It’s hard for me to think of Tate & Lyle Plc (TATE) without immediately thinking “sugar”. However, in 2010 the sugar side of the business, including use of the Tate & Lyle Sugar and Lyle’s Golden Syrup brands, was sold to American Sugar Refining as part of a major restructuring of the company.
But as an investor I’m after a different kind of sweetness; the kind that comes from a reliable dividend which grows progressively over time, and in that department Tate & Lyle is still very much a player.
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