Share tips and momentum stock advice from the Share Centre's expert investment research analyst
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) shares have been climbing over the last 16 months providing investors with steady growth and yield attractions.
The significant Asia-based operations of Prudential (PRU) look set to provide a golden opportunity for further growth. Recent suggestions of floating off this business could enhance value.
Marstons (MARS). Thanks to a more family-friendly environment in its pub restaurants, the group has been successfully paddling against the tide of consumer concerns. This focus on food and value could enable the group, which is best known for its traditional ales, to withstand the general economic downturn. Further help could come if the rain stays away during the summer months, along with the possible boost of Euro 2012, the London 2012 and extra bank holidays from the Queen's Jubilee. There is also an attractive dividend yield of around 6 per cent.
Rolls Royce (RR.) has the sort of long term order book that makes lesser companies sick with envy and provides a visibility investors institutional and retail cherish. There is growing demand from emerging markets, which is forecast to continue. Another attraction is the possibility of increased servicing contracts on the aircraft engines due to greater demand for more fuel-efficient and greener aircraft, which should ensure that the regular flow of contract wins continues.
Oil exploration group Afren (AFR) has started the year well, with some very encouraging oil finds. The company will be testing further sites over the coming months.
Speculators have been piling into oil explorer Borders & Southern (BOR) on rumours of a soon to be announced oil find.
The yield attractions at Aviva (AV.) have seen investors flocking throughout the ISA season.
Hedge fund manager Man Group (EMG) has been popular ahead of a trading update due on 1 May.
The recent fall in the share price of Lloyds Bank (LLOY) has drawn investors looking for a short term bounce
Supergroup (SGP), the Cheltenham company behind the Japanese-themed fashion label put out a profit warning recently, which has attracted investors hoping that the fall may be overdone.
Graham, whose 35-year career has taken him via Chase Manhattan Bank and City of London Investment Management, now advises on a wide range of investments including retail stockbroker Share.com
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Thu, 1st Jan - * Next week will get off to a slow start, due to the Spring Bank holiday in the UK and the Memorial Day holiday Stateside, although the macroeconomic data flow will accelerate towards the end of the same, particularly in the US. Nevertheless, local elections in Italy this next Sunday - May 27th - may bear watching.