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Old Mutual a ‘hold’ after business split announcement

11 March 2016

Old Mutual has announced it will split up the business, which investment analysts say will be a challenge in the current climate.   Insurer Old Mutual confirmed in its full year results that it would split its business into four units as a way to unlock value; Old Mutual Emerging Markets, Old Mutual Wealth, Nedbank […]

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Aviva gets its ‘mojo’ back as profits rise 20 per cent and it raises dividend 15 per cent

10 March 2016

Shares in Aviva have risen 5% on opening as the insurer reported a 20% increase in profits to £2,665 million and raised its final dividend to 20.8p. The Share Centre is rating Aviva as a ‘buy’ for medium risk investors with Aviva saying it has left the ‘fix’ stage of its transformation while the acquisition […]

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Broker view: Why Clarkson shares are a ‘buy’ for contrarian investors

7 March 2016

As Clarkson reports its annual results Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what they mean for investors… Shipping services provider Clarkson has lifted its dividend 3% to 62 pence per share, maintaining the progressive dividend policy it has held since 2002. This comes following another decent performance over the past year […]

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LSE reports 20% divi increase in strong full year results

4 March 2016

The London Stock Exchange has increased its full year dividend to 36p following a strong set of full year results.   The LSE share price has powered ahead over the past five years and the company is confident of further developments.   The London Stock Exchange (LSE), which is in ongoing merger talks with Deutsche […]

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Expert comment: Top tips for first time ISA investors

29 February 2016

Adrian Lowcock, head of investing, AXA Self Investor, gives some top tips on how to invest for the first time… Know why you are investing Before you start investing you need to set a clear goal of what you want to achieve.  Deciding what you want will help you decide what risk you are willing […]

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“Investors should question the stories around market volatility”

29 February 2016

Colin McLean, managing director at SVM Asset Management explains why investors need to take deeper look at what is going on across the banking sector… The best market signals are not to be found in headlines. It’s easy to believe that the latest economic data from China, or views about European Central Bank intervention, explain […]

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Broker view: Why shares in ITV are a ‘buy’

29 February 2016

Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains why he is tipping broadcaster ITV as a ‘buy’… It’s a busy time for ITV at present with the broadcaster showcasing popular programmes such as Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, the 2016 Brit Awards and Mr Selfridge. Alongside that, takeover rumours have resurfaced, a […]

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William Hill announces £200m share buyback as profits fall

26 February 2016

Bookmakers William Hill’s profits may have been hit by increased taxes but the share buyback plan is good news for shareholders.   In its full year results, reported this morning, William Hill said revenue for the year had slipped 1% and operating profit was down 22% – both shy of market expectations.   However, the […]

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RBS a ‘sell’: bank reports eighth year of losses

26 February 2016

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has reported its eighth straight year of losses and analysts continue to avoid the stock.   The bank has reported its Q4 results that showed another year of losses although net losses did narrow to £1.98 billion from £3.46 billion year-on-year. This is the eighth straight year of losses for […]

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Europe: “This is not a time to be herding with the crowd”

25 February 2016

Invesco Perpetual fund manager, Stephanie Butcher examines the present threats and opportunities in European equities… Looking at what’s been going on in financial markets since the turn of the year, I think it has been dominated by macro. If one’s view is that we are going into a global macro recession, then you don’t want […]

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