Wednesday, March 31

Stock Market Today and Insider Trading

Stock Market Today - DOW Falls 50 Points

Stocks were flat most of the day today but then fell 50 points in the last hour as people decided to lighten up before the Easter holidays and following uninspiring reports about the health of the labor market and regional manufacturing.

Sentiment on Wall Street took a wgack on the head from the Chicago Purchasing Managers Index, which showed U.S. Midwest business activity down to 58.8 in March -- below forecasts.

The ADP jobs report was also not positive with 23,000 jobs being shed this month, instead of the extra 40,000 jobs expected.

"The ADP number was a disappointment, but some investors are thinking that it may not directly reflect what could happen on Friday," said Terry Morris from the National Penn Investors Trust.

The Dow fell 50 points to 10,856. The S&P 500 fell 3.8 to 1,169. The Nasdaq Composite rose 12.7 to 2,397.

Friday's payrolls report may not be as bad as the ADP report, which may explain why the markets were not worse.

The S&P 500 has risen 73% since March 2009 and is up 4 quarters in a row.

Over in London the FTSE rose 7 as nobody had told them the DOW was heading down.

At the same time the FSA in London has finally woken up from its long and peaceful slumber and brought charges against 7 people for conspiring to participate in a £2.5m insider trading ring making use of information they obtained from the confidential printing offices at UBS and JPMorgan Cazenove, one of the defendants has also been charged with money laundering. The FSA named the seven charged as Ali Mustafa, Paresh Shah, Pardip Saini, Bijal Shah, Neten Shah, Truptesh Patel and Mitesh Shah.

It said the charges followed searches and arrests of eight suspects back in July 2008, and are unrelated to its more recent anti-corruption operations.

The FSA also revealed that a warrant has been issued for an 8th man. It turns out that all eight had been arrested and released already in July 2008.

The men have been charged with participating in a conspiracy that included trading on inside information in around twelve transactions, including Thomson’s 2007 takeover of Reuters.

This is the largest criminal insider trading case brought by the FSA to date, although there is another recent case said to involve City that is potentially much larger, in which seven men were arrested last week in what is described by the FSA as a “sophisticated and long-running insider dealing ring” centering on interlinked chains of individuals allegedly dealing in the shares of companies including Scottish & Newcastle between 2007 and 2009. Three financial institutions are known to have employees caught up in the operation: hedge fund Moore Capital, Deutsche Bank and Exane BNP, 50% owned by BNP Paribas.

No one has been charged in the most recent case and all of the men are said to have denied any wrongdoing. They have been released on bail.

These cases are designed to show that the FSA has finally decided to get tough on insider trading.

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Tuesday, March 30

Stock Market Today

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Jamie Tyrell of Group One Trading sharing his thoughts on trading today on CNBC

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Sunday, March 28

Online Trading Weekend Newspaper Share Tips

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Questor Share Tips
Buy James Fisher at 415p
Buy RPC Group at 255p


Pubs fear the worst in big pay-TV shake-up - The cost of watching sport on TV is expected to be cut by 1/3rd when Ofcom reveals plans to force BSkyB to cut the price it charges rivals - BSKyB is expected to appeal - 39 pubs are closing every week already


Midas Share Tips

Have punts on JP Morgan's Brazil Investment Trust and Fidelity China Special Situations

New investors should consider buying Craneware for the long-term

Alliance Boots is expected to show profit of over £1 billion
Brazilian deals may kick-start re-birth of Phorm


Profits drop at Bathstore
Tesco plans to sell bikes alongside the groceries


Eurotunnel shareholders object to the proposed appointment of Patricia Hewitt

The loss from Gordon Brown's sale of gold at the bottom can only get worse, says Peter Hambro



More than one way to crack Brazil - JP Morgan Brazil Investment Trust is worth backing. Participants in the £50 million float, priced at 100p, also get 1 bonus share for every 5 for which they subscribe. Offer closes on April 9.


International Brand Licensing up on acquisition rumours

Tiddler to watch - HMV Group

Nomura tells clients to buy Corin
Momentum investing is costly but works


BSkyB takeover talk fuelled by link to FSA insider inquiry
Citywire: European property tipped to be next big thing


Derek Pain:

Rivington Street Holdings tempts me to look at Plus
Bluehone is being watched for possible inclusion in the portfolio


Sterling Energy up on hopes of positive Kurdistan drilling update
San Leon Energy helped by expansion talk

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Friday, March 26

Online Trading Friday Newspaper Tips

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Jim Slater's top gold picks:

BHP Billiton
Norseman Gold
Spanish Mountain Gold
Galahad Gold

Share Tips of the week

Buy United Utilities at 553p
Buy Salamander Energy at 268p
Buy Brewin Dolphin at 136p
Buy GLG Japan Corealpha fund at 86.02p

Sell ProStrakan at 105p


Buy Capital & Regional
Buy Pure Circle
Buy Development DSecurities
Buy Kentz

Company Results:

Buy Alpha Pyrenees - FW Thorpe -- Biocompatibles (spec) -- Plexus -- European Goldfields -- Nautilus Minerals -- Green Dragon Gas -- African Diamonds -- SWP -- Melrose Resources -- Renewable Energy Generation -- Morson -- Trafficmaster

Sell Legal & General -- SIG


Talk that Wellstream may be a target for Prysmian of Italy


Tempus Share Tips

Premier Oil remains cheap at 1211p
Buy Evolution Group at 120p
Hold on to M&C Saatchi at 79p


Rumour that there may soon be an extension to Altona Energy's JV tie-up with CNOOC

Tiddler to watch - Coolabi - up 0.875p to 8.75p after signing a deal with Superdrug to stock Scarlett & Crimson cosmetics in 400 UK chemists.


Questor Share Tips

Buy Eurasian Natural Resources (ENRC) at 1186p - first recommended on Dec. 12 2009 at 886p - now up 34%. Trading on a December 2010 earnings multiple of 11.9, falling to 9.6 in 2011.

Buy Next at 2174p


Retail sales figures don't paint a true picture
Next must expect a leaner year ahead


Investment Stock Picks

3i Group a buy for the brave
Hold Evolution for now
Moss Bros a speculative buy


Rumours of a bid approach for Dana Petroleum revived


Lo-Q - talk of contract renewals - the chart is certainly very interesting !

LOQ 4 Year Chart

6 Month Chart

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Thursday, March 25

Stock Market Today DOW Wilts

Online Stock Trading - DOW Wilts 110 Points from Highs

After thrusting higher in early trading the U.S. stock market today peaked too soon and ended up quite limp, not very satisying at all. The DOW powered ahead to 10,955, up 118 points at one point, before turning tail at about 1.30 and sliding all the way back down a nasty snake to finish at the lows of the day just 5 points higher at 10,841. Reasons given were the Europeans messing around again, with Trichet criticizing Merkel and the IMF bail out for Greece, which led to a rise in the dollar.

On another day the same information would no doubt have sent the markets higher. My theory is that the people in the know decided that 10,955 was high enough for the DOW for now and so chose to send it back down again, people then searched around for reasons and came up with the Euro etc... This is not just my theory, I have heard it espoused by others more expert than I.

So apparent concerns about the fiscal health of Greece were removed when Reuters reported that the eurozone is ready to help Greece and take on two-thirds of an aid package. The IMF would take up the rest.

According to some this news caused the euro to weaken and the dollar to strengthen much to the delight of the dollar longs on the Forex markets and this caused the DOW to fall. Except that up until now a strong dollar has been causing the markets to rise.

Others said it was because Trichet opened his mouth and criticized the deal. All smoke and mirrors in my opinion, if things were so simple then we'd all be millionaires. No, what you need in order to know why the markets do what they do is a bug inside the offices of the good and the great, and with bugs getting ever smaller then this may not be totally fanciful. Find yourself a CEO of a big Wall Street firm, get someone to plant a miscroscopic bug on his suit or tie or somewhere and then listen in to all his private conversations. No doubt illegal, but then so is insider trading but that doesn't seem to stop them doing it.

There are those that say that all the news comes out in the charts first, so the stock market turned tail because it was too high and there is bad news on the way. The fact is the stock markets have had a good run lately and were due a pullback. I was going to short the S&P myself at 1180 but didn't trust my hunch.

Financials were up as much as 2.5% at one point but then fell back and finished up just 0.4%.

Materials fell especially hard as a result of the bounce in the dollar (if you buy that particular theory) finishing down 2.0%.

Retailers remained strong due to better-than-expected earnings from Best Buy.

Ben Bernanke did not reveal any striking plans about how he intends to exit from the current strategy of handing the banks free money to play with.

Advancers :
Consumer Discretionary (+0.5%)
Financials (+0.4%)
Tech (+0.3%)

Decliners :
Materials (-2.0%)
Energy (-1.5%)
Telecom (-0.9%)
Utilities (-0.7%)
Health Care (-0.5%)
Industrials (-0.2%)

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Sunday, March 21

Weekend Newspaper Tips Shares Stocks

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Questor Share Tips

Buy European Goldfields at 395p
Buy Cluff Gold at 96.75p

Sainsbury's suffering slowdown in sales


Next is a relatively safe, albeit unspectacular, haven in uncertain times

Sharewatch: IP Group


Midas Share Tips

Sabien worth a punt at 29p


Buy SDL at 470p


Barclays blamed for collapse of training firms
Kingfisher's increases dividend after a recovery
BT Group thinks pension review is hitting share price
Staff at Next to share out £20 million bonuses


Next profits to hit £500 M
Legal & General doubles dividend
A thousand filling stations could close this year with the loss of 5,000 jobs


Next rivals put in the shade
Vatukoula sales quadruple



Tempus 10 Share Tips

Review of portfolio (Eastern Platinum, Animalcare, Premier Farnell, Hutchison China Meditech, Logica, Lloyds, Centrica, GKN, James Fisher, Valiant Petroleum)

Eastern Platinum underpins a nice move up in the Tempus Ten in 2010 so far. The portfolio has risen 17.3%, beating the 4.8% of the FTSE all-share index. This means the Ten portfolio has met all three of its objectives: namely to give positive returns in absolute terms; to beat the “risk-free” return from 10-year gilts (currently 4%); and to beat a UK Equity tracker fund invested

On the money:

Investors returning to stock markets


TT International invests heavily in British Airways

Bet of the day: Brainspark

Tiddler to watch - Vatukoula Gold Mines - to give a trading update on Monday and rumoured to be about to upgrade its gold resources.


Questor Share Tips

BUY European Goldfields at 395 p - Work could be coming to fruition - group is loss-making and investment should be considered speculative -

Buy Cluff GOld at 96.25p - shares trading on December 2010 earnings multiple of 7 x and look undervalued – despite the bid talks. After Friday's production news, the shares are a a buy again


Derek Pain:

Review of Portfolio - Stock struggling but pays to remain positive (Hargreaves, Nighthawk Energy, Mears, Private & Commercial Finance, Lighthouse, English Wines Group, NCI Vehicle Rescue)

Other comment:

Whitbread up on change of heart from bear Societe Generale


Collins Stewart up on bid talks

Talk of acquisition in resources sector helps Zest Group

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Friday, March 19

Friday Newspaper Share Tips Mar19

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Share Tips of the week

Sell Kazakhmys at £15.27

Buy JD Wetherspoon at 498p
Buy Hampson Industries at 65p
Buy Modern Water at 75p
Buy Ecofin Water & Power Opportnities at 143p


Buy Bglobal -- Omega Insurance -- Cineworld

Climate Exchange good value -- BSkyB fairly priced

Company Results:

Buy Tikit -- Morrison -- Regenersis -- Brady -- Cello -- Alkane Energy -- G4S -- Avocet Mining -- James Fisher -- Asian Citrus -- Independent Media and Distribution -- CLS Holdings -- Coal of Africa -- TEG Group


Tempus Share Tips

Hold Investec
Buy Savills lower down
Hold Salamander Energy


Bet of the day: Wolseley

Tiddler to watch - Xcite Energy


Questor Share Tips

Buy GlaxoSmthKline
Buy Greggs


Investment Share Tips

Buy Aegis
Hold Savills
Sell Raymarine


Vatukoula Gold up on talk of an imminent development


Bowleven up on rehashed bid talks
rockhopper penguin
BP rumoured to be considering an offer for Rockhopper Exploration (definitely in the printed paper version of the newspaper too - and I corrected the misprint)

Yes - this is a genuine Rockhopper - as seen on the Rockhopper site, IMHO it is definitely unclothed and also a bit short - don't know if there's any truth in the rumors or rumours but hey n*k*d birds ! The share price fell about 4% today despite the rumours.

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Thursday, March 18

Time to Buy Stocks Say Charts

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The stock market has been flip flopping around for a couple of months now, so buying stocks has been fraught with risk and pain. Now, however, according to Oscar Carboni at least, the stock market is finally heading higher and it is time to buy stocks on the dips again.

Oscar Carboni is a day trader who has a site - - on which he publishes videos of his thoughts on the stock market and where it is headed, and whether you should be buying stocks on the dips or selling stocks on the rallies. Over the last few months he has changed his mind a few times - see Stock Market Today - but on March 16, 2010 he came down unequivocally on the side of the bulls.

According to Oscar we are now clearly back in a bull market and he even gave his prediction for where the S&P is headed this year,namely between 1290 and 1300 sometime this year (the S&P index is currently around 1160, so to get to 1290 would be quite a strong run and a bold statement to make - hats off to Oscar if he gets it right and hats off too for making such a bold prediction in the first place!).  So here is the video he made on March 16 with his stock market prediction.

But that is why I like Oscar, he is not afraid of sticking his neck out and making predictions about the stock market and what to do with regard to trading stocks or indices. Lately, as I said, he has been bearish then bullish then bearish again then bullish again etc... he was pretty bearish when the markets dipped down back in February but as the charts changed he was forced to change too. So he doesn't always get it right but he does base his trading strategies on what the stock charts and indices are telling him. This is, however, the first time in a long time he has made a prediction with a specific number 1290 to 1300 in the S&P sometime this year.

That doesn't mean we will get there in a straight line of course but it does have the benefit of being clear.

The other reason I like Oscar is that I am a cheapskate and he gives out lots of free stock market information (a bit like me in fact). His analysis of the charts is also pretty easy to understand, which is good for beginners to stock trading and charting.

If you are new to online stock trading then it really is a good idea to get to grips with at least the basics of stock charting and technical analysis, - moving averages, resistance and support, pivot point calculation etc... as the traders (and computers) who trade stocks for a living use stock chart signals to determine when they will buy stocks and when they will sell them. As far as I can see there are very few long-term value investors like Warren Buffett around, there are some of course such as Joel Greenblatt with his formula investing strategy who long-term investors can follow, but the vast majority of what happens on the stock market is based on money being shuffled around by short-term stock and index traders. It is these short-term traders that provide the volatility, if everyone just bought and held for 20 years like Warren Buffet does then there would be very little to talk about. But human nature being what it is, people are always in a hurry and actually prefer the movement caused by the online stock trading frenzy that is the stock market than watching paint dry. See also buy stocks online

So it would appear that it is now time to buy stocks again. I hope Oscar Carboni is right and that we get a good run on the stock markets, as it is generally easier to make money buying stocks than it is selling or shorting stocks. Personally I expected to see a dip right back down to the old lows that we saw in the stock market back in March 2008 but it would appear that this is not going to happen. There were numerous predictions back in October - November of 2009 that we were headed for a second crash but these predictions have so far proved inaccurate. If the markets do turn around again it will be time enough to check out the charts and the moving averages to get out again if necessary.

Bear in mind too that although Oscar Carboni has made his prediction that we will see 1290 - 1300 on the S&P index this year, he is in fact a day trader and closes all his positions each day so as not to be caught out by any unexpected movements overnight. He also emphasizes the importance of setting stop losses (a stop loss is a point at which you automatically close your trade if you discover it is going against you - thereby limiting your losses to a pre-set and acceptable amount, generally around 4 or 5% of the trade). Stop losses allow you to lose a battle but not the war. In the stock market it is important to preserve capital and make sure you don't get wiped out from one or two bad trades.

Another point to remember is that stock charts give buy or sell signals irrespective of any stock market news that may be announced on a day-to-day basis. The belief is that the news comes out in the charts first. So, for example, there is a lot of news just coming out about Greece needing to be rescued by the IMF and that the Germans say the EU cannot help them, as a result of this 'news' the European stock markets have just turned negative with the FTSE down 12 at 5632 and the DAX down 21 at 6002. The DOW is also losing ground as a result. The charts however are supposed to know all this already and even if the markets do fall back temporarily, people will buy stocks on the dips and send the charts back up again, once the news has become old (around 10 minutes).

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Share Tips

Buy Firestone Diamonds at 39.25p
Buy Afren at 94.25p


Buy Bglobal -- JD Wetherspoon -- Fairpoint -- Modern Water


Buy Bellzone Mining -- Emis Group -- CSF Group -- Squarestone Brazil -- Metric Property -- SuperGroup -- Teiti International


Buy Arena Leisure

Sector report:

Buy United Business Media -- Reed Elsevier -- Informa


Tempus Share Tips

Hold Derwent Water
Wait for better times to buy Hikma Pharmaceuticals
Hold Playtech


Bet of the day: Cable & Wireless

Tiddler to watch - Seeing Machines

Questor Share Tips

Buy Antisoma
Buy IG Group

Investment Share Tips

Hold Derwent Water
Buy Hikma Pharmaceuticals
Buy Avocet Mining


Rumours that Wellstream has received a bid approach
Xcite Energy rumoured to have completed its share placing to raise £25 M

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Sunday, March 14

Weekend Newspaper Share Tips Mar14

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House of Fraser - 10% increase in like-for-like sales over first 5 weeks of the financial year

Guardian Media Group preparing for £150 million loss on investment in Emap

Savills to pay £60 million in bonuses this year, over twice its expected profits

Sharewatch: Shanks Group


Questor Share Tips

Buy BP at 619.9p
Sell EFTS WNA Global Nuclear Energy at €19.37


Midas Share Tips

Buy Kenmare Resources at 13.5p


Abcam, at £11.40, still has further to go

Remedies in place for Earthport


Paul McCartney to take the back catalogue of his hits away from EMI

Will Ernst & Young be toppled by Repo 105 ?

Vodacom - Vodafone's African subsidiary to face fraud charges in the Congo


Strike may cost British Airways £250 million

BSkyB moving into energy with new multi-media package

French Connection to post £14 M loss

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Friday, March 12

Stocks & Shares Friday Newspaper Tips

Stocks and Shares - Friday Newspaper Tips

Top Takeover Tips:

Sportingbet -- BG Group -- Churchill Mining -- Immundiagnostic Systems -- RPC -- Next Fifteen Communications -- Clapham House -- UK Coal -- Augean -- Resolution

Share Tips:
Sell Whitbread at £14.80
SSL International at 767p

Buy N Brown at 216p
Buy Greenko at 170p
Buy European Investment Trust at 538p


Buy Sportingbet -- KSK Power Venture -- VT Group -- Victoria Oil & Gas -- Trinity Mirror
Alexon high enough

Company ResultsSell Galiform -- Liberty International -- Marshalls -- West China Cement

Buy Balfour Beatty -- Novae Group -- Aviva -- Hutchison China Meditech -- Hardy Underwriting -- Tristel -- Interquest -- Spirent Communications -- Psion -- International Power -- Mears -- Johnson Service -- Rok -- Costain -- Hill & Smith -- Chime Communications -- Shore Capital -- Epistem -- Brainjuicer -- Kenmare Resources

Tempus Share Tips

Hold Cineworld
Pass on Dignity
Buy Clarkson on weakness


Bet of the day: Debenhams

Tiddler to watch - Energetix Group

Questor Share Tips

Buy Cineworld
Buy Dignity

Investment Stock Picks

Hold Dignity
Buy Shanks Group
Buy Clarkson


Anthony Bolton says valuations in mining sector are stretched
Cadogan - rumors of imminent developments


Drax Group up on £2 bn RWE bid talk

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Thursday, March 11

Newspaper Share Tips Thursday 11

Stock Market Today - Newspaper Stocks and Shares Tips Thursday


Buy ClearStream Technologies at 25.5p
Buy Babcock International at 521.5p

Hold Discovery metals
Take profits in RBS covered warrant

The Griller:

Gambling in the US - punters returning to tables but spending less

Hopes of Harbinger bid fade at Inmarsat
Aveva and Connaught up on bid gossip

Tempus Share Tips

Pass on Inchcape
Buy Chime Communications on weakness


Deal of the day: Barclays

Tiddler to watch - Ascent Resources

Questor Share Tips

Buy Melrose
Buy Cape


Prudential may strike gold but risks are high

Markets fear Brown victory more than a hung parliament

Investment Share Tipa

Buy Interserve
Hold Inchcape
Hold Laird Group


Bargain hunters spot value in Shanks

Connaught stock up on bid talk

Predators eyeing Connaught
Amerisur Resources up on hopes for positive drilling update
Possible private equity bid interest in Luminar Group

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Tuesday, March 9

Stock Market Today Cisco's Announcement

Stock Market Today - Cisco's Internet Shattering Announcement

Cisco's internet changing forever announcement is -- the Cisco® CRS-3 Carrier Routing System (CRS) - which it is intended will act as the foundation for the next-generation Internet and lead to amazing growth in the areas of video transmission, mobile devices and new online services.

The CRS-3 offers over 12 times the traffic capacity of what's currently available and is designed to accelerate the delivery of "compelling new experiences for consumers" (what can be so compelling on the Internet ? games ?) new revenue opportunities for ISPs and new workplace collaboration.

The Cisco CRS-3 triples the capacity of the CRS-1 at up to 322 Terabits per second, which for example will allow you to download all the printed collection of the Library of Congress in just over one second, and every movie ever made to be streamed in less than four minutes.

It is currently in field trials, and is priced at US$90,000.

Keith Cambron, CEO of AT&T Labs says "We are entering the next stage of global communication and entertainment services and applications, which requires a new set of advanced Internet networking technologies. AT&T's network handled 40 percent more traffic in 2009 than it did in the previous year, and we continue to see this growth in 2010. Having leading edge experience in managing the largest global data network, we are pleased to continue our close working relationship with Cisco and its groundbreaking Cisco CRS-3 platform."

Pankaj Patel, Senior VP, Service Provider Business, Cisco "The next generation Internet is upon us and we are confident that the Cisco CRS-3 will play a crucial role as service providers like AT&T deliver an exciting, new array of video, mobile, data center and cloud services. The Cisco CRS-3 is well positioned to carry on the tradition of the Cisco CRS-1, become the flagship router of the future and serves as the foundation for the world's most intelligent and advanced broadband networks."

Cisco 1 Year Chart

Cisco's share price fell on the news, but that is often the way, - buy the rumor sell the fact. And as the news was particularly over-hyped maybe people were a bit disappointed.

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Sunday, March 7

Online Trading Weekend Sharer Tips

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SUNDAY TIMESTullow Oil: take profits
Huveaux: Datamonitor and United Business Media may be interested

Qinetiq looking at major cuts after profit warnings

Sharewatch: Elementis


Buy Aviva at 392.1p
Buy Xstrata at £11.87


Prudential getting ready for shorting onslaught

Midas Share Tips

Buy Animalcare at 121.5p

CVS Group still has potential

Albemarle & Bond - old earnings add sparkle -- Andry Brough, fund manager at Schroders

Sales of solar panel set to rise 'tenfold'
Ecotricity profits slump
3D films are a hit for Cineworld


Smiths Group and Rentokil Initial possible break-up candidates

Buy Nighthawk Energy
African Diamonds a sparkler for the next ten yearsdecade

Time to buy stocks in attractive companies (Land Securities, British Land, Dignity, Stobart Group, Marston's Booker)

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Tuesday, March 2

Stock Market Today Toyota Fights Back

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Time to buy Toyota Yet ?
US stock markets finished almost flat today as broad-based gains faded and the DOW and S&P settled near the lows of the day, but still slightly higher. The SandP finished below 1120 and 1125 which are both seen as key levels if this rally is to gather pace.

Natural resources were the leaders with energy stocks and materials stocks showing the best gains at 0.8% each.

Asian markets are mixed at the moment with the Nikkei and the ASX up around 0.3% and the HSI down 0.2%

Is it time to buy a Toyota yet ? Well Toyota Motor Corp. has decided to try and entice buyers back with incentives such as no-interest loans and discounted leases.

As of now Toyota buyers can choose either a no interest loan for up to 5 years or a low-cost lease on models including Camry, Corolla, Matrix, Prius and Yaris cars, Venza wagons, RAV4 and Highlander SUVs and Tundra pickups. If you buy a new Toyota you also get 2 years free maintenance.

Toyota is of course battling to regain sales after the recent recalls and after reporting an 8.7% drop U.S. sales in February.

Subsidizing a 0% 60-month offer will cost around $4,650 over the life of an average car loan.

Toyota declined to discuss the cost of the program. The lease incentives include offers for Corolla compact cars from $179 a month and $199 for Camrys. They will run until until April 5.

Toyota has no plan to offer longer warranties to U.S. customers.

Toyota was 3% higher in Tokyo trading. Is it time to buy Toyota stocks yet - see time to buy Toyota ?

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Stock Market Today Moving Up Again

Stock Market Today - US Futures Higher - Europe Higher

European markets are all up around 1% and the U.S. futures look set for a higher open on Wall Street. Yesterday the US markets continued their rise and the S&P 500 entered positive territory for 2010. Greece would appeared to be making progress toward a resolution - but that can all change of course.

With earnings season over it is apparently the European situation that will be they key -said Andre Bakhos, president of Princeton Financial Group. Why on earth Europe should be key is a mystery as it is generally the US markets that lead Europe around by the nose.

Monday's gains on the US markets put the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq into positive territory for 2010.

The Pound lost further ground against the dollar as it seems the British really love Gordon Brown after all - he has such a winning smile afer all - the pound is trading at 1.496 against the dollar right now - down from 1.65 just a few weeks ago,which is good news for anyone making money online from Google and Adsense or even those selling stuff on Amazon.

Warren Buffett was on CNBC yesterday - he was fairly bullish on the markets, saying the economy was recovering slowly and that the worst was behind us - he also advised anyone starting out investing in the stock market today after the recent stock market crash to read The Intellgient Investor chapters 8 and 20.

Warren Buffett
Anyone interested in stock trading would do well to heed the advice of Warren Buffett, particularly people just starting out. He buys companies that make money at a good price and then hangs onto them for a very long time - as he says "the stock market is a menas for transferring money from the impatient to the patient". That does require of course that you understand something about company accounts, although you can jus follow what Warren Buffet does and do the same - see Warren Buffett stocks

WIth regard to the short-term Art Cashin says we need to get above 1120 onthe S&P for the rally to resume .

Monday, March 1

Carlos Slim NYT Takeover Rumors

Carlos Slim New York Times Takeover Rumor

Stock Market Today - Bloomberg TV and are reporting that Carlos Slim - 3rd richest person in the world - is considering making an offer to buy the New York Times.

carlos slimAccording to the SEC MR Slim recently increased his take to in the NYT to 16.3%.

Rupert Murdoch recently decided to try and charge for access to the New York Times online so maybe Mr Slim has some different ideas that would help save the paper.

The NYT rose 6% to $11.57 on the news. So far it's just rumors.