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Why You Can’t Go Wrong With Aviva plc And Prudential plc

Every investor needs a selection of long-term, buy-and-forget stocks in their portfolio to provide a steady income, as well as capital growth without taking on too much risk. Aviva (LSE:AV) and Prudential (LSE:PRU) are two such investments. Both have a robust balance sheet, are well managed, operate in a long-term industry and offer attractive dividend yields. 

Quindell PLC Is Back On The Acquisition Trail

Now that the dust has started to settle over the sale of its Professional Services Division, Quindell (LSE:QPP) is getting itself back to business as usual. In Quindell's case, that business has traditionally been acquisition.

Should I Buy Alkane Energy Plc Along With Royal Dutch Shell Plc?

Shares in small-cap electricity generator Alkane Energy (LSE:ALK) rose by 7% this morning, after the firm published its interim results.

Total power generated during the first half of the year rose by 25% to 106GWh, thanks to the 2014 acquisition of Alkane's smaller peer, Carron Energy. Revenue climbed 23% to £8.7m, while adjusted pre-tax profit rose by 166% to £1.4m.

Why I’d Buy Sirius Minerals PLC, Hold Amur Minerals Corporation & Sell Gulf Keystone Petroleum Limited

Sirius Minerals (LSE:SXX), Amur Minerals (LSE:AMC) and Gulf Keystone Petroleum (LSE:GKP) do not carry the same amount of risk, and that's become visible over last four weeks of trade. 

Sirius vs Amur

These two companies are at a very similar stage in their life cycles. Both miners are now trying to negotiate convenient terms with their lenders to fund their flagship projects. There's a big difference between the two, though. 

Are African Potash Ltd & Pantheon Resources Plc Any Safer Than Ophir Energy Plc, LGO Energy PLC & Cairn Energy PLC?

Which one of these highly cyclical stocks should you buy -- African Potash (LSE:AFPO), Pantheon (LSE:PANR), Ophir (LSE:OPHR), LGO Energy (LSE:LGO) or Cairn Energy (LSE:CNE)?

Why Have Glencore PLC, Globo Plc & Tern PLC Been So Volatile In Recent Days?

Alessandro Pasetti has no position in any shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.

Are Tesco PLC, WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC And J Sainsbury plc Value Traps Or Value Plays?

Value investors love searching in the market's rubbish bin for the best deals. A list of the stocks currently trading at a 52-week lows is a great place to start when looking for companies that have lost favour with investors. 

Tesco (LSE:TSCO), Morrison (LSE:MRW) and Sainsbury's (LSE:SBRY) have made several appearances on the 52-week lows list during the past year. But the key question is, are these retailers value plays or value traps? 

Are SABMiller PLC Shareholders About To Get 4,600p A Share From Anheuser Busch Inbev SA?

Speculation is mounting about the price that Belgium's AB InBev will be willing to pay to tie the knot with SABMiller (LSE:SAB). Press reports and analysts suggest that SAB could receive a friendly approach that would value its equity at between 4,300p and 4,600p a share as early as today. 

It's easy for me to bet on a price tag of at least 4,000p a share, but there are a few reasons why you might do well to cash in today and invest proceeds elsewhere. 

The Peril Of Holding Onto ARM Holdings Plc, Royal Mail plc & Antofagasta plc

Søren Kierkegaard once said that to dare is to lose one's footing momentarily, but to not dare is to lose oneself. 

With that in mind, considering that the FTSE 100 is badly hurt, and that the rainy days might be here to stay -- in which case, should you buy ARM Holdings (LSE:ARM) and Antofagasta (LSE:ANTO) instead of Royal Mail (LSE:RMG)? 

3 Top Income Stocks: Banco Santander SA, Aviva plc And Admiral Group plc

Finding the market's best income stocks isn't easy. Indeed, you shouldn't buy a stock just because it has a high dividend yield, without first assessing the underlying business and sustainability of the payout.

A dividend cut is an income investor's worst nightmare. And most of the time, dividend payouts are cut without much warning.

Still, there are some stocks out there that offer higher-than-average dividend yields that are sustainable; you just need to know where to look.

Will Apple Inc. Beat Tesla Motors Inc In The Electric Car Market?

Is Elon Musk, the serial entrepreneur behind SpaceX and CEO of Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA.US), a visionary? Yep.

Is Tesla Motors, the firm developing electric cars and their components, going to make the big money some day when such vehicles take off? I'm less convinced of that.

Why I’d Avoid Optimal Payments Plc & Monitise Plc But Buy Paypoint plc

It is estimated that by 2019, the value of mobile-based payments will surpass $142bn in volume in the US alone, up from around $50bn currently.

What's more, even though the size of the US mobile-based payment industry is set to nearly triple over the next four years, at the peak mobile payments will only total around 1% of the $16trn US consumer payments market.

Will Glencore PLC & Anglo American plc Ever Return To 2011 Highs?

2015 has been a year most resource-sector investors would rather forget. Commodity prices have plumbed to 13-year lows, and producers such as Glencore (LSE:GLEN) and Anglo American (LSE:AAL) have really started to feel the pain. 

Indeed, despite being two of the world's largest miners with unrivalled economies of scale, Glencore and Anglo American have been forced to defend repeatedly their business models from highly critical City analysts over the past year as profits have evaporated. 

How French Connection Group And Lonmin Plc Can Double In 2016!

In today's article, I'll explain why I believe that platinum miner Lonmin (LSE:LMI) and fashion firm French Connection Group (LSE:FCCN) could both deliver 100% gains for shareholders at today's prices.


Lonmin shares seem to have settled at around 1.2p, following the firm's recent rights issue. This price was the theoretical ex-rights price for the firm's stock, based on a pre-rights issue price of 10p.

Why HSBC Holdings plc And Costain Group PLC Could Help You Retire Early

Investors often make the biggest profits from quite dull-sounding companies. Take HSBC Holdings (LSE:HSBA) and engineering firm Costain Group (LSE:COST).

Both companies are ignored by many private investors, but I believe they could be profitable buys in today's market.


Costain shares rose by about 3% to 377p this morning after the firm said its order book grew by 11% to £3.9bn in 2015 - a new record.

Is Now The Time To Buy Shire PLC, SkyePharma PLC And Indivior PLC?

Is there value in small and mid-sized pharmaceutical companies? Three popular choices with solid profits are Shire (LSE:SHP), SkyePharma (LSE:SKP) and Indivior (LSE:INDV).

Are any of these stocks a buy in today's market?


Shares in SkyePharma have climbed another 5% this morning after the firm said that full-year revenues for 2015 are likely to be ahead of expectations.

BAE Systems plc, Severn Trent Plc & Pennon Group plc: Are These The Safest Dividend Stocks?

Income-hungry investors who have been tempted by the high yields of mining giants BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto are seeing their dividend investing strategy backfire, casting doubt over the wisdom of chasing after yield.

But, investors need to realise that depending on cyclical sectors to pay steady dividends was always going to be a risky strategy. Volatile commodity prices and demand which fluctuates according to business cycles meant free cash flows needed to fund dividends were never going to be dependable for long.

Will Gulf Keystone Petroleum Limited Crash Like Petroceltic International PLC?

Shares in Petroceltic International (LSE:PCI) fell by as much as 65% to a new low of 6p when markets opened this morning.

The cause of this crash was news that the company has received a 3p per share takeover offer. Given that the stock closed at 18p on Thursday, you might expect an offer like this to be instantly dismissed. The problem for Petroceltic is that it's in default on debts of $217.8m, and has been unable to raise fresh cash.

Should You Buy Cap-XX Limited, Sinclair Pharma PLC And Manx Telecom PLC After Today’s Results?

Every heard of CAP-XX (LSE:CPX)? It's a small Australia-based company, with a market cap of around £13m before today's interim results, and it makes thin, flat supercapacitors. If you don't know what they are, they're key components in the power supplies of portable computing devices, so there's a pretty big market for them.

Here’s Why I’d Sell Solo Oil PLC, Gulf Keystone Petroleum Limited & Blinkx Plc

If you want to see the ups and downs faced by small oil explorers, look no further than Solo Oil (LSE:SOLO). Part of the Horse Hill Development consortium, Solo has a 6.5% interest in the so-called Gatwick Gusher in the Weald Basin, but it has other interests -- including the Kiliwani North gas field in Tanzania, about which we heard good tidings on Wednesday.