Sunday, January 31

Oil Stock Picks from Canada

For share tips for Saturday and the Investors Chronicle see - Weekend Share Tips - for Shares Magazine Share Tips see - Shares Magazine Tips - for oil sector stock picks from Canada see below.

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Looking for stock picks in the Canadian oil sector ? Well here are some interesting suggestions from Aston Hill Financial's Manager Joanne Hruska who manges the Ark Aston Hill Energy Class which is described as a "Canadian energy fund with a higher proportion of small and mid-cap companies than its peers"

The fund aims to achieve GARP (Growth at a reasonable price) with a bias toward value.

Ms Hruska recommends the following buys - to read the full explanation of her reasons for these stock buys see - Financial Post

NUVISTA ENERGY LTD. (NVA/TSX) - Ms. Hruska has increased her long-term position in this gas-weighted stock. In the next few weeks, the company is expected to release information on two wells it has drilled.

PROSPEX RESOURCES LTD. (PSX/TSX) which works in the Kakwa area of Alberta where it found almost 24 million cubic feet of natural gas in two horizontal wells.

ARSENAL ENERGY INC. (AEI/TSX) - a long-term holding, Ms. Hruska bought more of this stock above and below current prices.

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Thursday, January 21

Google Earnings Strong in 2009

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Google's earnings and profits rose in the fourth quarter 2009, and beat Wall Street's expectations. Google had earnings of US$6.67 billion, a 17% increase on Q4 2008. When you remove the commissions Google pays its ad-network partners (I guess that means people like me!), revenue beat the expected $4.92 billion and came in at $4.95 billion.
Google earnings
Paid clicks on ads., which generate a fee for Google even if people don't buy anything, rose 13% compared with Q4 2008. Average click value increased 5% (which is also interesting to know when I try to renegotiate my contract with Google!).

Google is now clearly looking at the recession through the rear-view mirror, as net income in Q4 shot up over 5 times compared to a year ago and sales grew 17%, the fastest rate in a year.

Eric Schmidt, Google’s CEO said “We are back in business full-blast,” Q4 was an “extraordinary end to a roller coaster year. We are optimistic about the future.”

Google is also belatedly taking a stand for free speech in China ! Well so it says. Why did it wait so long ? Well it seems some naughty Chinese were hacking into Google's source code (and some dissidents e-mail accounts) and of course if the Chinese get the source code then why would they need Google ?

Google's revenue in China is around $600 million which is barely 2% of global revenue, but all the same Google is keen to maintain its relations with the Chinese

Google's share price fell around 4% overnight on the news, as some investors were expecting even better results and the DOW fell 200 points on Obama's attack on the banks.

Revenue for Q4 2009 was $6.67 billion, up from $5.7 billion in 2008. Net revenue was $4.95 billion, up from $4.22 billion.

Income exc. charges was $2.19 billion, $6.79 a share, a 33% rise from last year.

Google’s revenue is very much obtained from search ads, which tend to perform better than display ads and as Google controls around 66% of the search ad market they are in a stronger position than Yahoo and Bing.

Yahoo is expected to report a slight decline in revenue next week.

In March 2009 Google said it was considering getting into the UK online property market - Google Earnings

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Friday, January 8

Newspaper Share Tips 2010 Round-Up

Stocks and Shares - A Round-Up of Newspaper Stocks and Shares Tips for 2010

10 share tips for 2010

LLOYDS BANKING GROUP at 50.69p - Louise Armitstead, Chief City Correspondent

BRITISH AIRWAYS at 186.9p - Alistair Osborne, Business Editor

MITCHELLS & BUTLERS at 248.1p - Jonathan Sibun, Assistant City Editor

ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND at 29.2p - Richard Fletcher, City Editor, Daily Telegraph (the shares went from 10p to 57p and back to 30p last year)

PARAGON at 131p - Philip Aldrick, Banking Editor

NATIONAL GRID at 679p - Questor Editor - a long-term tip based on a dididend strategy this tip should protect your capital and provide a yield you can reinvest. The company is expected to increase its dividend this year by 8% , but also all the way to 2012.

[Other Questor Tips for 2010 as published on 1st January

Ashtead - Buy 81.2p
Salamander Energy - Buy 296.8p
BHP Billiton - Buy 1,995p
BAE Systems - Buy 359.5p
Drax - Buy 414.8p
JP Morgan Russian Securities - Buy 470.5p]

CARE UK at 429p - Lawrie Holmes, Deputy City Editor, Sunday Telegraph

IMAGINATION TECHNOLOGIES at 241p - Rupert Neate, Technology Correspondent

GLAXOSMITHKLINE at £13.195 - Graham Ruddick, Healthcare Reporter

BG GROUP at £11.22 - Rowena Mason, Energy Correspondent

SUNDAY TIMES Share Tips for 2010
From 3rd January 2010,

RPC Group - Selected by John Waples
Lloyds Banking Group - Selected by Jenny Davey
IMI - Selected by Dominic O'Connell
AstraZeneca - Selected by Iain Dey
ACS - Selected by James Ashton
Balfour Beatty - Selected by Danny Forston
Green Kin - Selected by Matthew Goodman
Toluna - Selected by Ben Marlow
Royal Dutch Shell - Selected by Kate Walsh

The Business/Money section highlights what Analysts are tipping for 2010:

Lower-risk stocks
Glaxo Smithkline
First Group - Killik & Co
Pearson - Killik & Co
J Sainsbury - Charles Stanley
National Grid - Charles Stanley

Higher-risk stocks
Man Group - Killik & Co
Melrose - Killik & Co
Imagination Technologies - Killik & Co
Xstrata - Charley Stanley

From 23rd December

Large Caps
BSkyB (BSY) - Buy 570p
Beazley (BEZ) - Buy 101.2p
Micro Focus (MCRO) - Buy 454.8p
Eaga (EAGA) - Buy 141.5p
Standard Chartered (STAN) - Buy 1564p
Reed Elsevier (REL) - Buy 491.3p
Victrex (VCT) - Buy 809p

Mid Caps Tips
Avocet Mining (AIM:AVM) - Buy 85.3p
Alterian (ALN) - Buy 168p
HSBC Infrastructure (HICL) - Buy 112.8p
Debenhams (DEB) - Buy 83.4p
Redhall (AIM:RHL) - Buy 144.5p
London Mining (AIM:LOND) - Buy 204p
Workspace (WKP) - Buy 21.3p

Small Caps Tips
AFC Energy (AFC:AIM) - Buy 10p
Advanced Computer Software (ASW:AIM) - Buy 36p
Begbies Traynor (BEG:AIM) - Buy 105p
Akers Biosciences (AKR:AIM) - Buy 13.8p
Falkland Oil & Gas (FOGL:AIM) - Buy 127.5p
Fairpoint (FRP:AIM) - Buy 56.5p
Luminar (LMR) - Buy 47.5p from 21st December
Tom Bulford's "Three small-cap gambles for 2010"

Nyota Minerals (NYO)
Biofutures International (BIP)
Minoan (MIN)

Investors Chronicle Share Tips from 18th December

Jon Mainwaring's "six growing companies with promising prospects"

Alliance Pharma
British Polythene Industries
Collins Stewart
Hardy Underwriting Bermuda
Staffline Group

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