Share Sleuth

Finsbury Food AGM: Trust me, I'm a director

The baker’s board wants to have its cake and eat it.

Diploma: Acquiring to grow

Diploma is becoming increasingly reliant on acquisitions to maintain profitable growth, but the strategy is not doomed to fail.

Avon: Burning rubber

Unlike the previous decade, in recent years Avon Rubber has been relentlessly profitable. The re-energised supplier of gas masks and components for milking machines could be turning into a broader, stronger, specialist.

DotDigital: Little scope for disappointment

Buying shares in companies that are growing quickly is problematic when, despite the obvious attractions, they aren’t obviously good value.

SWP: Pipes, not dreams

Assets and potential earnings make pipe specialist SWP a candidate for investment, despite disappointing results.

Rolls-Royce: How many warnings?

They say profit warnings come in threes. At Rolls-Royce they haven’t stopped there. These are circumstances that really test long-term investors.

In control at FW Thorpe

A trip to Redditch reveals what keeps the lights on at a British manufacturing success.

Generating investing ideas from data

How data and fuzzy human logic combine to generate original ideas, quickly.

Getting original investment ideas

Stage one in the stockpicking process is finding promising shares. They’re not likely to come to you.

Cohort: A tough hold

Decisions to buy or sell are easy, but deciding not to buy or sell can be very taxing.

Ricardo AGM: Something to applaud

It’s not often a shareholder stands at the end of an annual general meeting, thanks the board and the company’s staff, and leads other shareholders in a round of applause.

Identifying great companies

Great companies are profitable, distinctive and adaptable. They have competitive advantages and strategies to improve.

Dialight: Strategy shift reveals underlying weakness

New chief executive Michael Sutsko has outlined a bold but necessary plan to return the former stockmarket darling to profitable growth

Renishaw joins Share Sleuth portfolio

If it walks like a hidden champion, and it talks like a hidden champion, it probably is a hidden champion.

Scoring for success

By scoring shares for valuation risk, and companies for business risk, better investment decisions should follow.

AGM: Alumasc - after the recovery

Niche building products group Alumasc has recovered. At the company's AGM this morning, thoughts turned to the future.

Dunelm: Roll-out continues for #1 retailer

Homewares retailer Dunelm could be a business school case study of the perfect retail roll-out.

WH Smith: Local hero

WH Smith, is perhaps, an unlikely stockmarket hero. Fact is though, over the last ten years the fusty old brand’s financial performance has been heroic.

James Halstead: Unstoppable

After two years of unaccustomed stagnation the specialist vinyl flooring company has resumed its inexorable growth.

Animalcare: Point of accelerated growth nears

Pet medicine and supplies distributor Animalcare remains highly profitable as it invests in the reformulation of well-established generic medicines to make them more marketable.