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Share Sleuth is the online diary of value investor and companies editor Richard Beddard, including research notes, watchlist and a model portfolio.

  • Tue, 24th November 2015 - 17:17

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

  • Mon, 23rd November 2015 - 09:38

    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.

The Colonel

The Colonel knows his onions. Retired from the military with grown up children, this super-savvy empty-nester divides his time between walking the dogs, the golf and/or race course and hunting down great investment propositions. With his personal motto of Sinil Labore Nihil (or, roughly, Do Your Own Research for those without a Google translator) The Colonel spends more time on the web with ‘sharpener’ in hand than almost anyone else. And being a Colonel of course, he just can’t keep it to himself...

  • Fri, 5th December 2014 - 13:25

    The Colonel provides a review of his portfolio: ITV and Facebook have brought home the bacon, while Tesco and Barclays remain total stinkers.

  • Thu, 2nd October 2014 - 16:22

    The Colonel is not normally a fan of IPOs, but found the attractions of Saga's elderly-focused proposition irresistible.

Peter Temple

Peter Temple was an equity analyst for 18 years. In the decades since he quit the City he has been a widely published journalist and author. Here we get straight to the wisdom from the man who makes his living from investing.

  • Wed, 11th July 2012 - 16:18

    The two months since the ETF Portfolio was last updated have been what might be described a "steady as she goes" period. The market has recovered some poise, compared to the periodic bout of euro-itis with which it was afflicted last time round.

  • Tue, 22nd May 2012 - 15:53

    It is a little-known fact that the iShares powerhouse, a big player in the now well-established market for exchange traded funds, actually began life as a joint venture between US bank Wells Fargo and the Japanese investment house Nikko.

Trends and Targets - a new name, but the same old team of analysts with their magic secret software! Formerly Precogz, they provide Interactive Investor’s clients with daily movement forecasts before trading commences, covering nearly 50 of the most popular traded shares.

Note: The analysts cannot give financial advice or strategy solutions. If you want to get hold of them, their email is:

  • Mon, 23rd November 2015 - 22:41

    HASTINGS GROUP PLC  (LSE:HSTG) was mentioned on the front page of Interactive, so once again we need not look hard for inspiration. Given the lack of trading record, we're reaching a bit in pretending confidence for its future but we're a little concerned it has not reached, nor bettered, an immediate target of 181.25p. When we view the chart below, this aspiration is the absolute highest the price can go unless, of course, it goes higher! While this logic sounds nonsense, it's something we find important as should the market get this share above such a point, it's a pretty clear signal a desire exists for this to achieve a higher price than movements since 12 October allow.

  • Sun, 22nd November 2015 - 23:17

    MITCHELLS and BUTLERS PLC  (LSE:MAB) starts our week, simply because we notice it was mention on Interactive Investor front page at a moment when we were looking for inspiration.  It's a share which is almost too obviously dangerous as the price broke below RED on Sept 22nd, due to being manipulated below the trend. Generally this is a pretty sane signal of the market wanting a share price down and the implication now is of weakness below 334p starting a track which will almost certainly find a bottom around 265p. Rather more frightening, our secondary is at 212p and visually this makes a heck of a lot of sense if searching for an entry point which almost guarantees a bounce.