Share Sleuth Blog

Share Sleuth

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

  • Fri, 19th December 2014 - 07:55

    Software company EDP is struggling to raise revenue in a competitive market. It’s profitable, though, and the shares may be cheap if it can stop shipping customers.

  • Thu, 18th December 2014 - 09:30

    Treatt broke something of a curse in its full-year results published last week. Not only did it increase profit, it increased revenue, which had been flat for three years.

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.

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  • Thu, 18th December 2014 - 22:21

    FORTUNE OIL (LSE:FTO) had a surprising day and clogged our email, even bettering the idiots trying to sell us on Improving our Google Rank or selling something called Offshoring. A typical day sees our spam filter trap around 30 of these junk mails. Anyway, back to FORTUNE as we've a funny detail insofar as it need only trade above 9.5p to now have the hope of growth toward 9.8p next, perhaps not too exciting after a 50% day. However, our secondary - should the share ideally CLOSE ABOVE 9.8p or even experience intraday trades in excess of 10.25p is more interesting as it calculates at 12.75p. Usually once we've run the numbers, we paint the target levels on a chart and draw some lines to see if they make sense. The 9.8p level

  • Wed, 17th December 2014 - 23:27

    Against the backdrop of a grotty market, our PR piece on BP PLC managed to hit our trigger level early in the session, provoking a collective in-house cringe. Amazingly though, as the session progressed it made it above our 384 for a second time and performed exactly as expected, even having the good grace to have a little stutter at our initial target level. It closed the session suggesting movement above 398 will continue to our 406p next but we'd advise caution should the share be spiked upward at the start of the day. Longer term, we're able to calculate moves above 407 will lead to 420p as a fairly major point of interest.

    Importantly, if the RUBLE were a share,