What looks interesting in the FTSE 100? Chris Bailey reviews...

Winnileaks: Breaking - Frontera Resources under FCA investigation for misleading investors. Read HERE

Back in the day, I used to be an institutional fund manager and did go on a number of brokerage lunches at around this time of year. The essential underlying aim of these lunches did not change for years: a thank you for business given during the year...and a pitch or ten about stocks that could be bought (or sold) early the next year in order to keep that commission flow going (and from the broker's perspective hopefully building). It seemed to me that the ideas took a very simple form: buy the underperformers and sell the outperformers. Well who does not like a bargain or - indeed - to take profits? So from an akin premise - but with an added slice of cynicism (and no need to elicit your brokerage commission flows!) - what does a 'brokerage lunch list' throw up as interesting in December 2018 looking ahead into 2019?

HaloSource – shares suspended, a Woodford dog at last looks set to be put down. Read HERE

There are some FTSE 100 winners, including a double digit gain from all of the top ten. Goodness that is an idiosyncratic list and includes dividend muncher favourites GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) (which I wrote on this week) and AstraZeneca (AZN). I am almost bored even just writing their names. They are not going to end up like one of the other top 10 names, the soon-to-be-departing Shire (SHP) - which the Japanese have bought for a pretty penny. Enjoy the good dividend and dollar denominated revenue share boost and exit into the night.

I'm sure the FCA now in daily contact with Neil Woodford - how close are we to end game? Tom Winnifrith Bonus Bearcast HERE

By contrast, two other names on the list are far more interesting. Whitbread (WTB) was a good winner for me during 2018 and as I noted a couple of months ago HERE, the game is far from over given the attractions of the Premier Inn franchise. Similarly Smith & Nephew (SN.) has been a net winner in 2018 but has recently come back to the interesting near 14 quid support levels. I see new management, an activist investor on the books and a good-looking thematic product range in artificial hips and related. I loved the shares almost a year ago HERE - and would suggest sub 1400p the stock is worth a look.

Interserve – don’t panic, keep calm and carry on (to disaster?). Read Nigel Somerville HERE

As for 2018 losers, I am not sure if I will be allowed to give much more love to Kingfisher (KGF) which I last wrote up HERE. I even had somebody phone me up and ask if it was the Kingfisher PR department! I own the stock only suffice to say... Options to split it up and a geared play on France among other aspects including a strong dividend and a good balance sheet. I also wrote up DS Smith (SMDS) recently HERE - and would really highlight this name as offering an interesting fusion of growth, cash flow and a thematic thumbs up wrapped up in a lowish valuation and good income angle.

Plant Health Care – sales warning, but still argues “very encouraged” & “confidence”. Really? Steve Moore reviews HERE

Finally, the biggest FTSE 100 loser is (perhaps surprisingly) British American Tobacco (BATS) thanks to big deals and big exposure to menthol cigarettes. It is probably past its worst...but I am more of an Imperial Tobacco (IMB) share picker myself. Not that I use any of the products though...filthy habit!

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Two cracking shorts for 2019 from Shy Bear. Listen HERE

Filed under: Frontera Resources FCA investigation, HaloSource, Neil Woodford, Bearcast, Interserve, Plant Health

GVC raises numbers but please no more number of the beast share sales says Chris Bailey

08/16/2019

The thoughts of Lucian Miers on the Burford fiasco

08/15/2019

Gold - rushing ever-higher. What I will do reviews Nigel Somerville...

08/14/2019

Eco Atlantic - what to do after a great first drill?

08/13/2019

Spin City at G4S. Chris Bailey writes...

08/12/2019

Aviva, Cineworld and Funding Circle reviewed by Chris Bailey

08/09/2019

Thomas Cook - doing the Fandango. Lucian Miers writes...

08/08/2019

Chris Bailey confesses he is now a Dominos Pizza customer, but to buy the shares?

08/07/2019

Volex - ahead of expectations. Buy say Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore

08/06/2019

Petra Diamonds could still turnaround considers Gary Newman

08/05/2019

Opportunities in Barclays, Lloyds and ConvaTec? Chris Bailey reviews...

08/02/2019

Fresnillo - big drop in share price an opportunity? Gary Newman reviews...

08/01/2019

Columbus Energy Resources - a buy ahead of South West Peninsula drilling?

07/31/2019

Tesla Q2 another milestone on the road to bankruptcy and ruin says Lucian Miers

07/30/2019

Amino Technologies - a recovery buy suggest Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore

07/29/2019

I remain calm and collected amidst the heat, M&A activity & as Sage stumbles says Chris Bailey

07/26/2019

RockRose Energy tip up nearly 450%, so what now reviews Gary Newman

07/25/2019

PZ Cussons - losses in Africa... but still a buy? Chris Bailey reviews...

07/24/2019

Block Energy - let winner run or take a healthy profit?

07/23/2019

Sell Netflix short as US subscribers back off says Lucian Miers

07/22/2019

OptiBiotix Health - scientific and commercial update adding to confidence?

07/19/2019

Thoughts On Thomas Cook & Kier from Lucian Miers

07/18/2019

Burberry - excitements sufficient? Chris Bailey reviews

07/17/2019

KEFI Minerals - Q2 2019 operational update, shares remain a Buy says HotStockRockets

07/16/2019

Angling Direct could have long-term potential says Gary Newman

07/15/2019

Hurricane Energy - Lancaster early production system delivering, Buy says Peter Brailey

07/12/2019

I remain to be convinced that asset sale will justify the valuation of Sound Energy says Gary Newman

07/11/2019

Imperial Brands goes progressive on its dividend...and the market likes it

07/10/2019

Tesla and me - Chris Bailey writes...

07/09/2019

Woodford Patient Capital Trust - still a sell says Lucian Miers

07/08/2019

Versarien - the only question is WHEN do the shares collapse says Lucian Miers

07/05/2019

Sainsbury - still searching for a strategy?

07/04/2019

Creightons - we having said we expected the results to highlight the value…

07/03/2019

PetroTal - rapid growth possible; Buy says Peter Brailey

07/02/2019

Explorers don't get any more exciting than Eco Atlantic, which is why I have been buying says Gary N

07/01/2019

Vela Technologies - Vibe Group gathering momentum & other potential. A buy from HotStockRockets

06/28/2019

OptiBiotix Health - North America deal; this is big, very big says Tom Winnifrith

06/27/2019

A Welcome Slice Of Luck and Thoughts On Purplebricks. Lucian Miers writes...

06/26/2019

I am poorer for not spotting Porvair...but should I care? Chris Bailey reviews...

06/25/2019

Whitbread - looks to continue to have a plan

06/21/2019

Ashtead - what to do after results statement? Chris Bailey reviews...

06/20/2019

Why the share prices of those involved in West Newton, Union Jack and Reabold, have not rocketed

06/19/2019

Board love at DS Smith whilst PZ Cussons is seemingly bored of talking. Chris Bailey writes...

06/18/2019

Boohoo & Reckitt Benckiser - management matters says Chris Bailey

06/14/2019

KEFI Minerals - remains a Buy

06/12/2019

Purplebricks - a Woodford fave that was a sell before and is now slam-dunk says Nigel Somerville

06/11/2019

Woodford Patient Capital Trust - Sell says Lucian Miers

06/10/2019

Joules - a rare retail jewel?

06/07/2019

Provident Financial - failure squared from man of the moment Neil Woodford says Chris Bailey

06/06/2019

Tesla - a fantastic sell says Lucian Miers

06/05/2019

A FTSE reshuffle look by Chris Bailey

06/04/2019

OptiBiotix Health - still a buy?

06/03/2019

Bilby - recovery potential?

05/31/2019

Shoe Zone - still a buy?

05/30/2019

Thomas Cook - still a sell says Lucian Miers

05/29/2019

Red Rock Resources - unbelievably cheap? Tom Winnifrith reviews for HotStockRockets

05/28/2019

Three shares which rose on a shabby day from Chris Bailey

05/24/2019

Marks & Spencer says it is getting match fit, should you back the rights issue?

05/23/2019

Updated thoughts on WH Smith, Halfords and Greencore from Chris Bailey

05/22/2019

Ryanair - what to make of it following results & those of great peer easyJet last week?

05/21/2019

Anglo Asian Mining - what after stellar 2018 results? Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore review...

05/20/2019

Genel Energy has great growth potential says Gary Newman

05/17/2019

Getech - 2018 results, remains a buy considers the HotStockRockets team

05/16/2019

Ariana Resources - more positive news as we wait for more numbers says Nigel Somerville

05/15/2019

Bluebird Merchant Ventures - a buy from HotStockRockets

05/14/2019

Purplebricks headed for 50p says Lucian Miers

05/13/2019

Union Jack Oil - potential share price catalyst, as date set for Wressle planning appeal

05/09/2019

Purplebricks - keep selling says Tom Winnifrith

05/08/2019

Reach4Entertainment - 2018 results, much more to come?

05/07/2019

The implied valuation for Bould Opportunities looks crazy - strong sell says Gary Newman

05/03/2019

Optibiotix - full year numbers, the share price reaction wrong says Tom Winnifrith

05/02/2019

Sirius Minerals - the current drop a good buying opportunity? Gary Newman reviews...

05/01/2019

WPP & Royal Bank of Scotland - Chris Bailey reviews...

04/30/2019

Tesla remains a sell after Q1 fiasco says Lucian Miers

04/29/2019

Barclays, Sainsbury & Taylor Wimpey - Chris Bailey reviews...

04/26/2019

Dividend Munchers Easter 2019 update (and still beating Neil Woodford) says Nigel Somerville

04/24/2019

Gem Diamonds looks too cheap down here - buy for the longer term says Gary Newman

04/23/2019

Atalaya Mining remains a buy after recent updates says Gary Newman

04/18/2019

A couple of ShareProphets share tips of the year updates

04/17/2019

Lessons from Plus500 and time to sell more Purplebricks. From Lucian Miers...

04/16/2019

Polymetal - all that glistens can be gold says Chris Bailey

04/15/2019

Central Asia Metals produces another good set of results and remains a buy says Gary Newman

04/12/2019

Barclays - a low sentiment today to a mid-range sentiment tomorrow play suggests Chris Bailey

04/11/2019

Sosandar - are the shares expensive or cheap after trading update? Nigel Somerville reviews...

04/10/2019

Quilter - a buy if you are a bull on the UK market says Chris Bailey

04/09/2019

Coro Energy - enough potential reward from here for a speculative investment considers Gary Newman

04/08/2019

Sosandar slides again back towards IPO price - time to buy back in? Tom Winnifrith reviews...

04/05/2019

Tern - placing at just 8.5p and an excuse that just does not wash says Nigel Somerville

04/04/2019

Versarien and its shocking new American Appointment. A sell from Lucian Miers

04/03/2019

easyJet slides again but time to pull back on the share purchasing throttle?

04/02/2019

A German Teutonic train ratio tells you that FirstGroup remains cheap suggests Chris Bailey

04/01/2019

Petra Diamonds could add some sparkle to your portfolio suggests Gary Newman

03/29/2019

Accesso - still a sell suggests Steve Moore

03/28/2019

Union Jack Oil - funding at a not great price... but look at the potential of the projects it is for

03/27/2019

If Royal Dutch Shell is going to be a utility giant it has got to buy big says Chris Bailey

03/26/2019

IQE - a good opportunity for bears with patience says Lucian Miers

03/25/2019

Next - if you want an annuity large cap core non-food retailer...

03/22/2019

Argo Blockchain - now a buy?

03/21/2019

Wood Group - chill out despite fall on results?

03/20/2019

Prudential - snaffling a few shares a suitable compromise? Chris Bailey writes...

03/19/2019

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