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9:36am Thursday 8th October 2009
Public Service Properties Investments - 74.5p Those who believe that the property sector is now on the way up should take a look at Public Service Properties Investments, an AIM-listed company which released interim results for the six months ended June 30, 2009 on September 29.
8:43am Thursday 1st October 2009
PLASTICS CAPITAL (PLA) - 32.5p Plastics Capital manufactures plastics products for niche markets. It supplies into the UK and also exports to North America, Continental Europe and Asia Pacific. The company was founded in 2002 and has grown through acquisition and trades from factories across the UK as well as one in Thailand, with sales offices in Boston in the United States and Tokyo.
9:15am Thursday 24th September 2009
Hargreaves Services (AIM: HSP 702.75p) This week I am taking the opportunity to look back at a company that we featured last November. The AIM listed Hargreaves Services has performed well in a difficult market and has seen its share price rise from 483.5p (September 2008) to over 700p.
5:30pm Thursday 3rd September 2009
Drax Group - 468pM.h5> Owner of the largest coal-fired power station in Europe, located not too far away in Selby, Drax Group supplies around 7per cent of UK electrical consumption. It is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index but at the time of writing ranked as the 105th largest listed company by market capitalisation.
10:55am Friday 28th August 2009
9:12am Thursday 20th August 2009
8:31am Thursday 6th August 2009
Nighthawk Energy - 41.5p Nighthawk Energy has released a steady flow of positive news in recent months. There was a placing at 20p in February and on the back of progress since then a significant fundraising has now been conditionally completed at 35p per share.
10:07am Thursday 30th July 2009
8:00am Thursday 23rd July 2009
Probability (PBTY) - 52.5p Probability will be a new company to many readers and is involved in mobile gambling technology and services. It will soon release results for the year ended March 31, 2009 and these will demonstrate continued progress.
9:19am Thursday 16th July 2009
Brulines Group - 98p Brulines Group’s core operation is the dispense monitoring division which collates and analyses data for pub owners, principally measuring how much liquid is being dispensed and comparing this against legitimate deliveries.
11:42am Thursday 9th July 2009
2:06pm Friday 3rd July 2009
7:00am Thursday 18th June 2009
The AIM market has shown a decent level of recovery since it was below 400 earlier in the year and is now offering some comfort to investors that have stuck with AIM shares in recent volatile markets.
8:09am Thursday 11th June 2009
8:20am Thursday 4th June 2009
10:37am Sunday 31st May 2009
Albemarle & Bond Holdings PLC - 214p In March my colleague, Chris Bragg, reviewed H&T Group, suggesting that it could be an attractive company in which to invest, given the current economic climate, as it is a pawnbroker.
10:10am Thursday 21st May 2009
AIM Recovery This week I have taken the opportunity to look back at some of the AIM companies that we have featured recently in Share Watch. The market has dropped a long way since the credit crunch first began to take its grip, however, as I stated in an article in March, there were encouraging signs that we were at, or close to the bottom of the market. Since then the FTSE AIM All Share Index has risen from 392.03 to 503.09 (up 111.06) or 28.3per cent. Three companies have benefited from this rise and that we featured last month are Straight PLC, Dart Group and Glisten.
11:07am Friday 15th May 2009
Perhaps the most widely touted piece of advice on investing in the stock market is ‘Sell in May and go away, don’t come back until St Ledger Day,’ referring to the horse race held in Doncaster each September.
7:50am Thursday 30th April 2009
KEWILL (KWL) - 63p A familiar name with smaller company investors, logistics software group Kewill has returned to favour somewhat and an interim management statement on April 21 has helped to fuel renewed enthusiasm for the shares.
10:32am Friday 17th April 2009
Straight PLC - 52.5 We last featured this company in January 2008 and since then the share price has been as low as 18.5p – the level which it reached last December. It has recovered strongly since but the current price still places a fairly minimal valuation on the business when taking into consideration the level of net cash.
5:10pm Thursday 9th April 2009
9:40am Friday 3rd April 2009
MOLINS (MLIN) - 37p Molins is best known for its involvement in the tobacco industry and it has very colourful roots in this field. The company actually started in Cuba, where Jose S Molins made cigars and hand rolling cigarettes in Havana in 1874.
3:00pm Thursday 26th March 2009
Quantitative easing is now well under way here in the UK. Despite the pages written in newspapers as various politicians and commentators explain its function, it is an untried policy – how does it work and will it work?
10:54am Thursday 19th March 2009
12:24pm Thursday 12th March 2009
H&T Group - 186p In the recent past we have highlighted Albemarle & Bond as an attractive company to invest in. We remain keen on the shares for the reasons highlighted previously and little has changed with that particular business. However, there is also another pawnbroking business listed on AIM, H&T Group, and given the current economic situation these shares are worth consideration.
10:38am Friday 6th March 2009
11:35am Thursday 26th February 2009
12:40pm Thursday 19th February 2009
As regular Share Watch readers will know, we regularly feature companies in this column that are quoted on the AIM market. Over the last 12 months this market has seen a severe drop and, for the best part of 2008, any company on AIM releasing results saw its share price fall regardless of the nature of the results.
5:00pm Thursday 12th February 2009
3:10pm Thursday 5th February 2009
9:28am Thursday 29th January 2009
4:45pm Thursday 22nd January 2009
Pressure Technologies (232.5p) joined AIM in June 2007 through a placing at 150p per share. Since that time, the business has progressed well and, in stark contrast to a brutal time for AIM, the share price has actually moved significantly upwards. With a positive outlook for 2009, this looks to be a solid investment opportunity and, although the rating is higher than many other smaller companies, this is supported by an impressive track record as a listed entity and the net cash position. While almost every company looks like a recovery play at the moment, it is refreshing to see Pressure Technologies growing and beating expectations. The company designs, manufactures and offers services for a range of high-pressure, seamless steel gas cylinders. In June 2005 the company relocated to its current manufacturing facility in Sheffield.
10:16am Thursday 15th January 2009
11:47am Thursday 8th January 2009
January will see a flood of news from the retail sector relating to both the key Christmas trading period and 2008 as a whole. With the failure of businesses such as Woolworths clear in the mind, the potential downside if things do not go to plan has been highlighted. No doubt there will be more casualties.
7:50am Thursday 1st January 2009
10:20am Wednesday 24th December 2008
5:37pm Friday 19th December 2008
11:21am Thursday 11th December 2008
Fenner - 61.75p The conveyor belting and advanced engineering products group Fenner has seen its share price collapse over the last three months despite producing excellent results for the year to August 31. The group entered the new financial year with healthy order books in the conveyor or belting business whilst, despite the temporary set back from Hurricane Ike, the advanced engineered products business started with similar sales to last year.
4:10pm Thursday 4th December 2008
1:50pm Thursday 27th November 2008
8:30am Thursday 20th November 2008
Tesco – 313p While we still believe that it will pay to be cautious about investing in the stock market in the short term, it is worth pointing out that some very high quality companies are priced at attractive levels. Those with a longer term attitude to holding shares may be willing to risk prices moving even lower in order to ensure that they do not miss what look like very good entry points for some companies. A business which may see more resilient financial performance than most during the downturn is Tesco.
3:05pm Thursday 13th November 2008
9:18am Thursday 6th November 2008
The FTSE 100 currently stands well below its June 2007 peak of 6,732. With the widely accepted definition of a bear market being one which has fallen by 20 per cent, this means we were officially in a bear market by this July, when the index moved below 5,385. Very few people predicted the implosion of the global banking system and now the future is equally uncertain. The severity of the crisis being faced is yet to unfold fully as we wait to see how hard the broad economy will be hit.
8:40am Thursday 30th October 2008
As I write this article, on Monday, I am once again looking at an all-too-familiar computer screen filled with flashing red lights. The FTSE is negative once more, having been down to 3665.2 this morning, the lowest since March 2003. Using the low of today and comparing it to exactly one year ago, the FTSE 100 Index has dropped 45 per cent, and, compared to this day one month ago, it is down 28 per cent. The Dow Jones hasn’t faired any better and is now at its lowest since the start of the invasion of Iraq and the Nikkei Dow in Japan is now at a 26-year low also.
7:20am Thursday 23rd October 2008
Over the last two weeks we have focused on the volatile market but not really touched on the value in this. The volatility has caused share prices of the largest companies in the UK to move much more than would normally be the case. Some investors have used this as an opportunity to trade in and out of shares, which is a risky game to play but one which can pay off handsomely if the timing is right.
4:03pm Thursday 16th October 2008
6:00am Friday 10th October 2008
11:30am Friday 3rd October 2008
11:15am Thursday 25th September 2008
Having faced significant turmoil in the recent past, the FTSE 100 had taken a well-documented fall and dropped below the 5,000 level. However, Friday, September 19, will go down in the history books as one of the best days ever for money being invested in the UK stock market.