What’s driving the price of those companies investors are trading and what’s behind the headlines.

Wed, 29th August 2012 - 10:23

World travellers, you Interactive Investor stockpickers! You guys have been trading international stocks like no tomorrow in the last six months. But what? And where?

Top Of The Stocks Summer Special

With the deluge, the Jubilee and the Olympics 2012 hasn’t been a typical year. But how has that affected you the investor? We take a look at the stocks receiving gold medals - the ones you have bought most of in the first half of 2012.

Taylor Wimpey (TW.)

Two property giants, married on the eve of the downturn. Taylor Wimpey was shaken and stirred but, downsized and modernised, it’s back in profit but are its foundations now safe to invest on?

Chariot Oil & Gas (CHAR)

AIM-listed Chariot Oil & Gas is bidding for the big-time off the coast of Namibia. Will it strike it lucky?
Place your bets.

British American Tobacco (BATS)

Sinful and hazardous to health it may be, but as things stand British American Tobacco is a shot in the arm for portfolio.

Ophir Energy (OPHR)

It’s at the heart of the hottest location on the energy map with record gas discoveries, surging Asian demand and Big Oil predators sizing it up. Could this be the Ophir you can’t refuse?

Morrisons (MRW)

It may not have its own container port like Tesco, but expansion and a focus on quality are bagging Morrisons new customers and investors.

Jubilee Platinum (JLP)

Platinum’s rarer than gold and the rush is about to begin. Jubilee’s ideally placed but so far the market’s blown cold on its prime South African assets. An ideal entry point or too soon to hang up your Jubilee bunting?

Standard Life (SL.)

The fusty old mutual assurer, a Victorian hangover, that became a FTSE 100 asset management giant… the life sector’s not for everyone but the revamped Standard Life is trying hard to be trendy…

Prudential (PRU)

Stable, and as British as a cream tea since 1848, Prudential has undergone global changes and taken on challenges. Is it time to open the door to the Man from the Pru?

Tullow Oil (TLW)

Tullow Oil is now in the oil company big league having struck lucky in African and South America.
But can the luck of the Irish last?