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.
Germany-focused workspace owner and operator Sirius Real Estate (SRE) has restructured its property portfolio and returned to the dividend list.
Sirius owns and operates 33 business parks, industrial facilities and offices in Germany. The company offers flexible workspace predominantly aimed at small and medium-sized companies, although it also has large companies, such as Siemens, as clients. There is more than one million square metres of lettable space.
NAHL (NAH), the owner of National Accident Helpline, may on the face of it appear to be a legal business but it is really an outsourced marketing business. This means that cash flow is positive unlike its legal clients who have to wait ages to get paid. That means that NAHL Group Plc can offer an attractive yield.
The business floated on AIM at 200p a share at the end of May 2014. Enough new money was raised to pay the costs of the flotation while the rest of the £35m went to existing shareholders.
The stock market is full of clichés and adages. The IG market analysis desk often resounds to these old sayings being bandied around. We might have to get a ‘cliché fine box’ for overuse.
'Sell in May and go away, don't come back til St Leger's Day' is a classic of the genre, suggesting that the summer months are a weak period. (Editor's note: It has been written about on BullBearings several times, including a history lesson from Vince Stanzione and again from Ronnie Chopra).
Restaurant Group PLC (RTN) is the company behind the Frankie & Benny’s restaurant chain (a favourite of mine) as well as Chiquito, Garfunkel’s and a range of pub and concessions brands too numerous to mention.
It has a long history of progressive dividend growth (which is exactly what I look for in a company), so for me it’s worth looking at in some detail to see if the current share price of 575p is the right price.
With the World Cup coming up, we’re unashamedly just writing about stuff as it’s got a link to the upcoming footballing festivities in Brazil. Here, we look at which investment trusts have the greatest exposure to Brazil and hear from their fund managers.
Investment trusts are a type of fund that can be invested in, but are different from unit trusts. Investment trusts are listed on the stock exchange, and are closed-ended, which means they have a fixed number of shares, and they often outperform unit trusts too.
Whether you are a football fan or not it’s going to be hard to avoid the World Cup over the next month and forget about this being just a sports event, this is big business that can affect GDP, consumer confidence and retail figures.
Kick-off is 12th June, where the first game sees host nation Brazil plays Croatia, and ends with the final on the 13th July. You can download a pdf chart of the World Cup games here.
While a FTSE 100-listed life insurance and pensions business might not sound like the most exciting thing in the world, some Prudential Plc (PRU) shareholders would probably disagree.
Those who jumped on board around 2009, when chief executive Tidjane Thiam took the reins, have seen their investment increase by anything up to 500% (yes, I said 500%). Even if you factor in the FTSE 100’s solid gain of 100% in that time the returns to Prudential shareholders, in such a short period and for such a big company, are still astonishing.
A bounce from the 200-day moving average seems to provide a moment for those investors that missed the first rally in easyJet (EZJ) shares.
A World Cup summer might lie ahead, but there will still be plenty of Britons looking to escape abroad for their holidays.
Fri, 1st Sep - * Figures showing a manufacturing slowdown in the Eurozone, UK and China capped gains in stocks on Monday, as did the ongoing geopolitical tensions in Ukraine.