Sunday, March 31

Easter Sunday Newspaper Tips

Midas and Questor Share Picks for Easter


Midas says Carclo shares at 398p are a buy. The company has come up with a technology that makes touchscreen devices cheaper and better, which makes it a winner!

Questor says check out PHP and Aberdeen Asset Management and there is a potential bidding war for May Gurney

Questor share tip: PHP's model is reassuring, as is its focus on dividend - Telegraph.co.uk
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Telegraph.co.ukQuestor share tip: PHP's model is reassuring, as is its focus on dividendTelegraph.co.ukManagement argue that its recent acquisitions and upcoming rent reviews should help with this. Questor thinks investors should not be too concerned ...
Questor share tip: Aberdeen Asset Management well placed for growing appetite ... - Telegraph.co.uk
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Telegraph.co.ukQuestor share tip: Aberdeen Asset Management well placed for growing appetite ...Telegraph.co.ukThe shares were last tipped as a buy by Questor at 308p in September last year and they have soared by an impressive 38pc in six months. Qu ...


Questor share tip: Potential bidding war for May Gurney - Telegraph.co.uk
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Questor share tip: Potential bidding war for May GurneyTelegraph.co.ukAll in all, the deal looks good. The arguments for a combination are rational and should benefit both sets of shareholders. However, the same is true for other sector players. Ques ...
MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Touch of magic for plastics group in screen revolution - This is Money
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MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Touch of magic for plastics group in screen revolutionThis is MoneyMIDAS SHARE TIPS: Touch of magic for plastics group in screen revolution. By Joanne Hart, Financial Mail On Sunday. PUBLISHED: 17:16 EST, 30 March 2013 | UPDATED: 05 ...

Sunday, March 24

Two Share Tips this Weekend

Share Tips and Picks from Sunday Papers


Howden Joinery is a kitchen firm that is well-run and has grown even though the housing market has been very soggy. At 235p, it offers long-term value and there is also the possibility of a special dividend says Midas

Questor on the other hand likes Premier Oil at 396p

MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Kitchen firm sets its sights on huge expansion drive - This is Money
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MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Kitchen firm sets its sights on huge expansion driveThis is Money... as Howden generates plenty of money and is keen to return surplus cash to investors. Midas verdict: Howden Joinery is a well-run business that has managed to grow ...

Questor share tip: Premier Oil fired up with soaring profits as it reaffirms ... - Telegraph.co.uk
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Telegraph.co.ukQuestor share tip: Premier Oil fired up with soaring profits as it reaffirms ...Telegraph.co.ukThe lack of surprises shows Premier is delivering as expected and is on track to deliver the cash-flow growth for 2013 and the longer-term t ...


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Thursday, March 21

Stock Picks from Questor

Stocks and Shares - Newspaper Tips


Stockmarkets around the world seem to be determined to push ever higher (although perhaps not today) so if you are looking for some stocks that are still a buy at these prices then Questor says to have a look at Genel and Sirius and John Laing Infrastructures. After yesterday's budget in the UK then it might also be worth taking a look at house builders such as BWY, PSN, Redrow, Barratt etc... although it might be worth waiting till they fall back slightly

Questor share tip: Genel a buy once again - Telegraph.co.uk
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Telegraph.co.ukQuestor share tip: Genel a buy once againTelegraph.co.ukHopes are rising that a deal can be struck, and Mr Hayward recently told Questor he expected the issue to be sorted out sooner rather than later  
Questor share tip: Sirius is a speculative buy despite setbacks - Telegraph.co.uk
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Telegraph.co.ukQuestor share tip: Sirius is a speculative buy despite setbacksTelegraph.co.ukQuestor has recommended a purchase of the shares as a speculative buy at 18p and 22p. The shares are now lower than their high of 29¼p at the start of the year ...

Questor share tip: John Laing Infrastructure is building an income stream - Telegraph.co.uk
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Questor share tip: John Laing Infrastructure is building an income streamTelegraph.co.ukQuestor keeps a buy on the shares, believing the sector is an ideal home for long-term income seekers. Note: For tax purposes the source for dividends is the Chan ...

Wednesday, March 20

Cyprus Closes Banks Till Tuesday

Cyprus Banks Stay Closed Till Tuesday


[UPDATE : Well they decided to confiscate money 'only' from people with more than 100,000 euros (that means a lot of ordinary people in Cyprus, not just Russians). They have also said this could serve as a template for the rest of Europe! Wheras before they were insisting this was a special one-off situation blah blah blah etc... now they can use it for any country. If I had over 100,000 euros in any bank in the Eurozone I would seriously consider reducing my exposure and I suspect a lot of  people with such amounts will be doing just that!]

After the great attempted Cyprus bank heist, the Cypriot government refused to vote it and people around the world being heartily shocked by the attempt to confiscate people's money, the Cypriot government has tried to broker a deal with Russia, which so far has failed.

Why would Russia help? Well, they won't, unless there is a really good deal in it for them. They could get their hands on some gas deposits for example, or they could get a Mediterranean naval base in Cyprus. They might even get a bank or a bit of a bank. But they already loaned 2.5 billion dollars to Cyprus back in 2011, so they will take their time to reflect on what they really really want from this EU made mess.

The latest news is that Cyprus' banks are to remain closed until Tuesday, so clearly still lots of problems in the pipeline.

In the meantime the rest of the world is whistling in the wind and carrying on regardless. The DOW is at another all-time high - up 53 points at the moment. Crisis? What crisis?

Cyprus's Four Options to Avoid Banking Collapse - Bloomberg
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Cyprus's Four Options to Avoid Banking CollapseBloombergPolicy makers will have to come up with a new plan, and they had better hope the European Central Bank buys them enough time to do so before Cyprus's financial system melts down.

Sunday, March 17

Hackers use Levy to Steal 10% from Cyprus Bank Accounts?

The Great Cyprus Bank Heist


How can the Cyprus Bank Levy by the EU be Legal?

[UPDATE : Tuesday 19th March - The banks in Cyprus are still closed - and the Finance Minister has tendered his resignation - "Michalis Sarris, the Cypriot Finance Minister, has resigned on Tuesday. However, Cyprus President Anastasiades rejected his resignation."] Banks in Cyprus are obeying orders from the EU and imposing a 10% "levy" on customers' money in bank accounts, i.e. they are stealing money from the accounts. Surely this is illegal you say? Or lunacy? Or both? You think it doesn't concern you? Think again.

If they can introduce this "levy" in Cyprus, a small country, as a sort of test run, just to set a precedent, what's to stop them doing the same thing in your country? Latvia may think again about joining the Eurozone. Luxembourg ain't that big, how about a 10% "levy" there?

If they can impose a 10% "levy", what's to stop them imposing a 20%, 25%, 50% (pick a number) "levy"? Basically nothing. Apparently the Germans wanted a 40% "levy".

You thought your money was safe in a bank? It isn't.

If this sort of thing is legal then it means that your money isn't your own. You are only allowed to use it as long as the banks/governments decide they will let you use it. When they want it back they can just impose a 'one-off levy/theft'.  Welcome to the free world. We are stealing your money, but it's OK because we are only doing it once (until the next time).

Cyprus is the fifth country after Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain to turn to the eurozone for financial aid, but this is the first time a bailout has included such a measure. But there's absolutely no guarantee that it will be the last.

Prepare for a run on banks as people start withdrawing their cash?

In Cyprus if you have less than 100,000 euros they will steal 6.75% of it. If you have more than 100,000 euros they will steal 9.9%.

What's more, Anastasiades won elections in Cyprus saying he wouldn't allow this to happen.

One Briton said that  a lot of elderly Britons had transferred savings to the island when they retired there. "Nobody can understand how they can do this – isn't it illegal? How can they just dock money from your account?"

"A lot of us just can't believe it," said Alexandra Christofi, "I had put my money [in the bank] for a rainy day. It's absolutely all I have and I cannot understand how Cyprus is being singled out. Other EU countries got bailouts and we're only in this position because we supported Greece. Where is the fairness in that? Where is the solidarity and support that is meant to be the reason why we are all unified in this common currency in the first place?"

Maria Zembyla, said "It is robbery. People like us have been working for years, saving to pay for our children's studies and pensions and suddenly they steal a big share of this money. Russians that currently keep the economy afloat will leave the country along with their money."

Howard Skelton said: "The only people who will benefit in the long term are the banks. The sooner I can return to the UK the better." Believe me, if they can get away with this in Cyprus, they can get away with it in the UK too.

Co-operative banks, the only ones open on a Saturday, closed after a run on credit societies while ATMs cancelled transactions due to "technical issues".

Andy Georgiou  said "I'm extremely angry. I worked years and years to get it together and now I am losing it on the say-so of the Dutch and the Germans."

"They call Sicily the island of the mafia. It's not Sicily, it's Cyprus. This is theft, pure and simple," said a pensioner. It's actually the island of the ECB, along with the rest of Europe.

As one journalist put it "This is just incredible. It is EU theft with a fancy name. Senior bondholders of these banks are left untouched while thousands of British savers (and ordinary Cypriot citizens my friend) in Cypriot banks shall have their hard-earned savings stolen."

As The Economist put it  "if you were a depositor in a peripheral country that looked like it needed more money from the euro zone, what would your calculation be? That you would never be treated like the people in Cyprus, or that a precedent had been set..." Well, a precedent has clearly been set.

"The chances of big, destabilising movements of money (into cash, if not into other banks) have just shot up"

"people are now wondering about the implications of this deal for little Latvia, ... itself due to join the euro zone in 2014."

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said she backed the deal. Presumably she hasn't got  any of her large amounts of money in any banks in Cyprus.

Friday, March 15

Stock Market Picks

Stock Picks from the Newspapers

With the markets up at record levels (mostly) and Alan Greenspan saying this is not a repeat of 'irrational exuberance' what stocks should you be investing in. Here are a couple of ideas from Questor of the Daily Telegraph, in the online gaming and land sectors.

Questor share tip: Capital return on the cards at Playtech - Telegraph.co.uk
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Telegraph.co.ukQuestor share tip: Capital return on the cards at PlaytechTelegraph.co.uk... licences to offer online gaming in European markets and also potentially the US. Playtech is not a stock for the faint-hearted



Questor share tip: British Land fundraising positions property company for growth - Telegraph.co.uk
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Sunday, March 10

Questor and Midas Tips

Some Share Tips from Questor and Midas


The markets keep on heading up and everybody and his dog keeps expecting a pullback - including Questor - he is expecting a 6%-ish fall in the markets - the stocks he likes are -
National Grid buy if they fall
Rolls Royce
Unilever long-term - food and consumer products
Centrica

Questor Plus share tips: prepare for a market dip - Telegraph.co.uk
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Questor Plus share tips: prepare for a market dipTelegraph.co.ukQuestor Plus share tips: prepare for a market dip. Garry White, along with other market watchers, feels share prices are due a correction. So which stocks should you prepare to buy on a ...

Questor share tip: Lookers profit motors ahead - Telegraph.co.uk
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Questor share tip: Lookers profit motors aheadTelegraph.co.ukThe strength in Lookers' end markets and the fact that management plan to target acquisitions at the luxury end of the market, mean that Questor is inclined to keep a buy, despite recent ga ...

MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Holiday group TUI aims for 10% a year profit rise, as ... - This is Money
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MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Holiday group TUI aims for 10% a year profit rise, as ...This is MoneyAs Thomas Cook cuts 2,500 jobs and closes stores, rival TUI Travel, Britain's leading holiday group, is having a strong start to the year and its shares have long ...

Saturday, March 9

Stock Picking Ideas

Stock Picking Ideas for the Week Ahead

With the markets at or close to all-time highs here are some ideas for stocks that are still cheap and worth a closer look, plus an analysis of the S&P chart by the oldschoolchartist. Check back tomorrow for some tips from the Sunday Newspapers. Warren Buffett's Low P/E Stock Picks Include GM - Insider Monkey (blog)
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Warren Buffett's Low P/E Stock Picks Include GMInsider Monkey (blog)Of course, Buffett's picks themselves- while it may not be wise to blindly imitate them- are of interest and we can further refine his portfolio by looking at the stocks in hisCramer's Top Stock Picks: - TheStreet.com
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Cramer's Top Stock Picks:TheStreet.comSome of the stocks mentioned by Mr. Cramer on "Mad Money" are held in Mr. Cramer's Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio. When that is the case, appropriate disclosure is made on the program and in the "Mad Money" recap a ...
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Thursday, March 7

Where next for stockmarkets?

Stockmarkets at record highs - what next?

With the economy still in the doldrums - some would say still in recession - stockmarkets are soaring ahead to new highs, so now what do you do? Certainly I'm not buying at these levels, but will there be a pullback big enough to make it worthwhile joining in the fun? Probably, over the next 2 or 3 weeks, so I'll hang on.

According to Warren Buffett, once Bernanke decides to stop the quantitative easing (printing virtual money on his computer screen) then things will start to get 'interesting'. By which Warren Buffett means something not good, in fact not very good at all, so take care out there, but Bernanke is not likely to act any time soon.

Stockmarket News

The Really Long View on the Stock Market - Wall Street Journal (blog)
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The Really Long View on the Stock MarketWall Street Journal (blog)The Dow Jones Industrial Average goes back to May 26, 1896. Richard Sylla goes a lot farther back than that.

... 6 gut checks before the stock market's opening bell - MarketWatch (blog)
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6 gut checks before the stock market's opening bellMarketWatch (blog)No need to crack open the hair of the dog just yet. Any hangover from Tuesday's record-high party on the Dow might have to wait another day.

The Stocks the Dow Forgot - Wall Street Journal
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NPRThe Stocks the Dow ForgotWall Street JournalBank stocks as measured by the KBW Bank Index are up 27% during the last year, compared with a 12% return for the Dow. But the longer time frame matters most.

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