This week it has been difficult to avoid news about the Chinese stock market crash. On Monday the Shanghai Composite Index fell by more than 8% and over the last three months it’s down by more than 30%.
However, is this really all that surprising? I don’t think it is.
Just before the dawn of 2015, Bullbearings gathered together eight trading experts (plus me) to select some stock tips and top trades for 2015. This is a half-time report, with a top-10 leadboard (someone had two tips) and each tipster giving an update on their chosen recommendation (apart from one who's gone AWOL).
Safe to say, I'm propping up the table and making the rest of them look good - but as I said at the time, picking one share to buy is a notoriously difficult thing to do - especially if you take a speculative punt on a small cap. It's been an unusual year and there's still five months to go...
Nasstar (NASA), which I highlighted at 8.5p at the end of last year, had made good progress in its first 18 months as a quoted company but the loss of a major customer will have a negative effect on the second half of 2015.
The news, in a recent trading statement, is bad news for the current financial year and the performance of the share price in 2015 but the underlying attractions of the cloud-based IT services and hosting provider remain.
In the wake of the Greek crisis of June, the UK banking sector rallied, but it now looks as if the bounce has run its course.
It has been a see-saw year for the sector, but from a technical perspective the immediate path looks to be downward.
Most of us are familiar with the story of 'The Tortoise and the Hare,' but there are some surprising and insightful parallels that can be drawn between this famous fable and the world of trading.
The story begins with a tortoise and a hare setting out on a race. The hare is of course much faster, so he zooms off ahead while the tortoise slowly plods along.
Trading remains strong at the online betting and gaming firm GVC Holdings (GVC), which I wrote about in April, and the outlook is still positive even though it appears to have missed out on a the acquisition of larger peer Bwin.party.
GVC had recently joined forces with Amaya Inc, a much larger Toronto-listed gaming businesses operator, to put forward proposals to acquire fully listed Bwin.party (BPTY) for 110p a share offer in cash and shares, which valued the target at around £910m. (UPDATE: GVC has now raised its offer to 122.5p per share in cash and shares - a £1bn bid.)
Technical analysis is the study of price action but it also incorporates mathematical tools such as moving averages that help forecast the future movements of a financial instrument.
Specific technical indicators may be used in many ways, and provide different messages that may assist in your trading decision making process.
A trading signal is a timing mechanism that is used to initiate an investment opportunity and may be used successfully to generate robust risk adjusted returns.
Signals are usually accompanied by a risk management system which describes how to exit a financial security with a stop loss and a take profit level.
Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) has added Asda and Sainsbury's to its customer base this year and the digital coupons and promotions provider is already building a major market share in the grocery market.
Coupons continue to be a popular way of promoting products and services and Valassis, the company that processes the vast majority of the paper coupons says that volumes have grown by 225% since 2010.
Thu, 1st Jan - * (ShareCast News) - Standard Life delivered a better dividend than was expected but this was not enough to impress investors as several one-off charges took the sheen off half-year results from the life company turned asset manager.