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, 17th April 2015 - 09:38

    Shipbroker Clarkson has produced impressive results in uncertain times for global trade. Can it last?

  • Wed, 15th April 2015 - 11:43

    Box shifter Computacenter is facing up to rapid changes in the way businesses use IT. The potential for recovery and growth is tempered by the possibility of irrelevance.

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 - 14:25

    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 - 17:22

    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 - 17:18

    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 - 16:53

    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:

  • Thu, 16th April 2015 - 23:48

    BAe PLC (LSE:BA.)  completes our Aerospace and Defence Sector week. The share is on the cusp of making a "no brainer" signal for the future as, should it now CLOSE above 547p, the price can be expected to grow to 560p with secondary 574p. Neither target is particularly impressive but the longer term prospect of 728p is rather more useful.. This would be due to the share closing higher than ever before and moving firmly from recovery to true growth, making the share a pretty valid thing to stuff into a portfolio.  

  • Wed, 15th April 2015 - 23:03

    Anyone who's ever had the ridiculous notion that sometimes shares move in alphabetical order will be pleased to know this is a fairly normal phenomena. On the 15th, it was the turn of the middle part of the alphabet for market focus. Quite weird why this happens.

    SENIOR PLC (LSE:SNR)  continues our listing of popular shares we've never heard of. A member of Aerospace, it has had a cracking uphill run since the misery days of 2009 when the price was just 23p. Unfortunately we're not able to illustrate an amazing long distance target against this as we rather suspect the rise must experience some stutters ideally anytime now, We've a pretty major problem in trying to calculate a share price target beyond 384p without the price experiencing some sort of tantrum. The funny thing is, we've a massive caveat. On rare occasions, a share price simply keeps going up and completely ignores our clever calculations. Thankfully it is a fairly rare event, so we're looking for some volatility here anytime now.