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Friday, July 28, 2017 - 16:13

British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines Group (LSE:IAG) reported a surge in profits, despite taking a hit from a major IT failure which grounded hundreds of flights from Heathrow and Gatwick over the second May bank holiday weekend.

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 14:07

Friday saw the release of Q1 results for BT  (LSE:BT.A). The company's share price declined by around 2% on the day of release, which means the stock is now down by over 15% since the start of the year. Unfortunately, the results included yet more negative news regarding regulatory/legal issues, although the overall performance of the business continues to be relatively robust. With this in mind, is now the right time to buy the company? Or, are more share price falls ahead?

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 13:03

While the FTSE 100 is trading close to an all-time high, there are still a number of stocks which appear to be undervalued. Of course, their ratings may have increased significantly in recent months, but so too have their growth outlooks in many cases. As such, they could offer impressive capital growth potential for the long term.

One stock which seems to fall neatly into this category is Morgan Advanced Materials (LSE:MGAM). The engineering specialist reported interim results on Friday, and seems to be a sound buy at the present time.

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 12:04

Finding stocks which offer high growth at a reasonable price is never easy. However, adding a company which has a stable business model and a strong track record of growth to the mix makes the task even more challenging. That's particularly the case when the FTSE 100 is close to an all-time high, and the UK economy faces an uncertain future thanks to Brexit. However, online property portal Rightmove (LSE:RMV) could offer those attributes following its half-year results release on Friday.

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 11:58

Online musical instrument retailer Gear4music (LSE:G4M) and technical services provider Keywords Studios (LSE:KWS) have rewarded investors handsomely over the last year with share price rises of 494% and 235% respectively before today.  

Despite this wonderful performance -- and the massive valuations now attached to both stocks -- I think there could be further upside ahead. 

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 11:00

Investors in global technology group Laird (LSE:LRD) can breathe more easily after the troubled firm reported a 47% underlying profit before tax this morning. While this doesn't signal an end to all of its troubles, it does show the group is heading in the right direction.

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 10:45

Clipper Logistics (LSE:CLG) has only been a public company since 2014, but the company has quickly captured the attention of investors.

Revenue and earnings have expanded rapidly over the past three years, and investors have been well rewarded for this growth with shares in the group gaining 243%, excluding dividends, since listing.

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 10:36

Since the financial crisis, Barclays (LSE:BARC) has struggled to get back up on its own two feet. Even as the bank's peers push ahead, thanks to problems on the group's balance sheet, and poor returns from its investment bank, Barclays has floundered.

However, after nearly a decade of poor returns it now looks as if the bank is finally starting to become investable again, even though legacy issues continue.

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 10:29

Technology, processing and payments services specialist Equiniti (LSE:EQN) has been flying lately, its share price up 67% in the past 12 months. However, today's interim results for the six months to 30 June disappointed investors, with the share price down a devilish 6.66% at time of writing.

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 09:24

AstraZeneca (LSE:AZN) chief executive Pascal Soriot was always pursuing a high-risk, high-growth strategy, everybody knew that. Betting the farm on producing a string of lucrative new drug treatments was going to rattle nerves at some point.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 15:45

Shares in pharmaceutical company Indivior (LSE:INDV) soared more than 16% at one point on Thursday after management upped its outlook for revenue and earnings for the full year.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 15:10

Right through the oil price crash, the big question has been whether Royal Dutch Shell (LSE:RDSB), along with fellow oil giant BP, would keep on paying its dividend. BP largely insisted it would do, while Shell pretty much kept quiet about it while just carrying on handing over the cash.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 15:01

I didn't expect to wake up this morning to see a 15% drop in the AstraZeneca (LSE:AZN) share price, but that's what's happened. The price has dipped to 4,282p, bringing this year's bullishness to an abrupt halt. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 14:55

Global alcoholic beverages company Diageo (LSE:DGE) released an interesting set of results for the year to 30 June on Thursday. They showed that the company has enjoyed a bumper year, with a mix of organic growth, currency translation benefits and strong demand for its products helping to improve its financial performance. However, does this necessarily mean that it is now a strong investment for the long run?

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 13:57

Shares in litigation specialist and Neil Woodford-backed Burford Captial (LSE:BUR) soared almost 12% in early trading this morning following a superb set of half-year figures from the company.

After such a great run of form over the last 18 months however, should investors now consider leaving the party? Here's my take.

Record breaker

In the six months to the end of June, the Guernsey-based business achieved the best ever results in its history.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 13:48

Half-year results today from FTSE 100 healthcare giant Smith & Nephew (LSE:SN) and small-cap Primary Health Properties (LSE:PHP) confirm my view of the positive long-term outlook for these businesses. They're stocks I'd consider buying and holding forever.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 13:26

The half-year results released by Lloyds (LSE:LLOY) on Thursday showed that the company is making progress despite legacy issues. For example, it has been able to grow profit by 4% versus the same period of the prior year. With Neil Woodford recently purchasing the company and its valuation continuing to be low, now could be the perfect time to buy it for the long run.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 11:51

I often relish the mismatch between bland chief executive comments in company results and the market's over-excited reaction.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 10:58

Shares of online takeaway ordering service Just Eat (LSE:JE) fell by up to 5% this morning, despite the group reporting sales that were ahead of expectations for the first half of the year.

Investors reading the group's record first-half results may be wondering what's gone wrong. The short answer is that nothing is wrong. Indeed, I think the shares could still deserve a buy rating.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 10:52

On the face of it, tobacco companies make some of the best income stocks out there with dependable income streams from addicted customers, high cash flow due to premium pricing power, and low capex requirements leaving plenty left to return to shareholders. But should income-hungry investors still flock to British American Tobacco (LSE:BATS) for all their dividend needs?