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Broker view: Why shares in Lloyds are still a ‘hold’

25 February 2016

As Lloyds reports its full year results this week, Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what they mean for investors… In its full year results reported on Thursday, banking giant Lloyds said that profits were down 7% to £1.6bn on the back of a 1% rise in revenue. Investors should also […]

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PPI burden hits profits at Lloyds Banking Group

25 February 2016

Lloyds Banking Group has reported that statutory profits before tax fell to £1.6bn during 2015, down from £1.8bn in the previous year. In its full-year results, announced on Thursday the bank said it had set aside £4bn to cover payment protection insurance customer redress. In all, the bank has now set aside a massive £16bn […]

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Why shares in pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline are a ‘buy’

22 February 2016

Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains why he is tipping shares in pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline as a ‘buy’.. The defensive nature of the sector and the stock, and the competitive yields paid to investors make GlaxoSmithKline a core holding for many portfolios. In recent years, the large companies in the pharmaceutical […]

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More than half of investors concerned they will endure more dividend cuts in 2016

22 February 2016

More than half of personal investors, at 56%, are anxious that companies may slash dividends this year. Research from The Share Centre with responses from over 2,000 personal investors, was undertaken shortly before Rio Tinto, Rolls Royce and Centrica announced that they would be cutting their dividends, with BHP Billiton predicted to slash its dividend […]

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HSBC profits rise just 1% in 2015 as China slowdown takes its toll

22 February 2016

HSBC has reported that profits before tax at the group rose by a less than anticipated 1% in 2015 to reach $18.bn, (£13.2bn) as the China slowdown and cheaper oil prices hit progress. Europe’s biggest bank, which derives the majority of its profits in Asia, said that the year had presented a  “difficult market environment”. […]

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Standard Life divi increased but better value insurers out there

19 February 2016

Standard Life has raised its dividend 7.8% as share recovery continues but other insurers remain more attractive.   Standard Life’s full year results reported pre-tax profits of £665million, above analyst consensus, which allowed it to raise its dividend by 7.8% to a total of 18.36p per share.   The final dividend proposed had been 12.34p. […]

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Investors’ top five ISA sectors revealed…

18 February 2016

As the end of the tax year looms, Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at stockbroker The Share Centre, looks at the most popular sectors held in ISAs over the past two years and provides some thoughts as to perhaps why they are so in favour… Sector analysis is always interesting as it gives investors a […]

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Broker view: Why Centrica shares are a ‘hold’

18 February 2016

As Centrica reports its full year results Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what they mean for investors and why he is calling its shares a ‘hold’… In its full year results reported on Thursday, British Gas owner Centrica reported a 19% increase in profits at its gas supply business. These […]

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Brexit could drive City of London commercial property prices down claims new report

17 February 2016

A British exit from the European Union could see commercial property values in the City of London fall by between 8 and 15% according to a report by Capital Economics commissioned by Woodford Investment Management. The fund firm, founded by star investment manager Neil Woodford, also polled investors this week to test their view of […]

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Broker view: Hammerson shares are a ‘buy’ as the group reports robust rise in earnings

15 February 2016

As Hammerson reports its full year results Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains why he is backing the business and calling its stock a ‘buy’… Property developer Hammerson said this morning that it remains confident about its future performance as it reported a good set of final results. Results showed net […]

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