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

DS Smith - respectfully Mr Market you are wrong says Chris Bailey...

07/03/2020

Pity us poor British taxpayers bailing out Versarien plc says Tom Winnifrith...

07/02/2020

Petra Diamonds - heading for a wipeout for equity holders? Gary Newman writes...

07/01/2020

easyJet - data breach is not in my top three worries and I own the shares says Chris Bailey...

06/30/2020

San Leon Energy - 2019 results & now about to capitalise on a strong position?

06/29/2020

KEFI Minerals - reduced Tulu Kapi project funding requirement, buy says HotStockRockets

06/26/2020

UK Oil & Gas - do not get spiked & is that a dodgy deal I smell? writes Peter Brailey...

06/25/2020

Cranswick - future FTSE-100 constituent? Chris Bailey reviews...

06/24/2020

Why Amigo Holdings is a zero considers Tom Winnifrith...

06/23/2020

BP - new CEO sounding loony... or being very clever?

06/22/2020

Novacyt - corona update, this is all about executive greed and share ramping now says Tom Winnifrith

06/19/2020

Kingfisher sings a song of recovery... but can do so much more says Chris Bailey

06/18/2020

Two UK shares which cannot defy gravity forever says Tom Winnifrith

06/17/2020

Metro Bank - potential acquisition two drunks propping each other up?...

06/16/2020

Cora Gold - a buy suggests HotStockRockets

06/15/2020

Hummingbird Resources - a diversified gold production buy?...

06/12/2020

Nearly a 10 bagger tip... but evidence of alternative energy bubble?

06/11/2020

Avacta - its covid game soon to be up says Tom Winnifrith...

06/10/2020

Columbus Energy - another potential share price catalyst...

06/09/2020

Biffa - still brass in muck says Chris Bailey...

06/08/2020

Union Jack Oil - for a hat-trick of wins?...

06/05/2020

Volvere - 2019 results... & 2020 opportunities...

06/04/2020

Hochschild and Hertz... A review of two old timers by Lucian Miers

06/03/2020

Big themes still at Playtech says Chris Bailey...

06/02/2020

Centamin, Ariana Resouces & Gold - was that the correction, in double-quick time?

06/01/2020

Asiamet - negotiations for deal on KSK helps shares, target increased...

05/29/2020

Bluebird Merchant Ventures - further project funding progress, increased price target...

05/28/2020

Burberry shares remain fashionable to me says Chris Bailey

05/27/2020

Imperial Brands - still an Income buy?

05/26/2020

Columbus Energy - project & funding update suggest still a buy?

05/22/2020

Marks & Spencer - never the same again? Chris Bailey reviews...

05/21/2020

OptiBiotix - sales trajectory sparks shares, but still an even stronger buy?...

05/20/2020

A whole sector that is a short?...

05/19/2020

Tri-Star Resources - sale of first Antimony BUT...

05/18/2020

KEFI Minerals - still significant upside offered by its asset base...

05/15/2020

OptiBiotix - now Taiwan agreement adds to confidence...

05/14/2020

Some gold and gold stock takeaways from Nigel Somerville...

05/13/2020

Is Trainline ever going to make sensible profits?

05/12/2020

Another reality pill - this time for BT Group

05/11/2020

Jadestone Energy has the strength to ride out low oil prices says Gary Newman...

05/07/2020

Hummingbird Resources - a buy says HotStockRockets...

05/06/2020

Goldplat - quarterly update, production getting back on track...

05/05/2020

The markets & sell NASDAQ-listed Credit Acceptance Corporation. From Lucian Miers...

05/04/2020

Columbus Energy - shares bounce on Saffron well oil discoveries but remain a buy...

05/01/2020

Read and learn from the latest Next plc update says Chris Bailey...

04/30/2020

IG Group - why the shares are worth considering writes Malcolm Stacey...

04/29/2020

Ariana Resources - a cue to bank massive profits on this share tip? Nigel Somerville reviews...

04/28/2020

FirstGroup - activism and the coronavirus. Chris Bailey writes...

04/27/2020

Highland Gold Mining - shares bounce on quarterly operational update, but more to come...

04/25/2020

Bluebird Merchant Ventures - we tipped at 2.5p now 4.3p to sell, but worth 6p+. Buy...

04/24/2020

Will the Oil price rout be repeated (in reverse) in Gold? Nigel Somerville reviews...

04/23/2020

The man who predicted negative oil prices reviews where to next...

04/22/2020

PZ Cussons - keep washing your hands... and be on board this stock? Chris Bailey writes

04/21/2020

OptiBiotix - placing somewhat annoying... but it is for a VERY good reason says Tom Winnifrith

04/20/2020

Imperial Brands - an income buy

04/17/2020

Sterling Energy a buy? Gary Newman writes...

04/16/2020

Ariana Resources - what after a stonking gain in less than four weeks?...

04/15/2020

Volvere - shares up on Feb tip after trading update, more to come say Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore

04/14/2020

Chris Bailey updates on Rolls-Royce & GVC Holdings...

04/09/2020

It is also Sage to look at shares that are not romping says Chris Bailey...

04/08/2020

Versarien forced to start to come clean - a stink regulators MUST investigate says Tom Winnifrith...

04/07/2020

At a time when dividends are being scrapped, Legal & General stands out says Gary Newman

04/06/2020

UK Oil & Gas - another 50 percent share price fall the best case scenario? Peter Brailey reviews...

04/03/2020

The big banks know what side their bread is buttered. Chris Bailey writes...

04/02/2020

Two stocks which look slam dunk zeros considers Tom Winnifrith...

04/01/2020

Premier Foods - a buy despite its high level of debt? Gary Newman reviews...

03/31/2020

Bluebird Merchant Ventures - an Agreement supporting a positive view? A review from HotStockRockets

03/30/2020

Rockrose Energy - a week is a long time says Peter Brailey...

03/27/2020

Cineworld - a good shorting opportunity? Gary Newman reviews...

03/26/2020

Silver is my metal of choice at the moment says Gary Newman

03/24/2020

Golden Prospect Precious Metals - a gold buy

03/23/2020

Hurricane Energy - valuation is far too high. I am short says Peter Brailey...

03/20/2020

Altyn - mining equipment purchases, gold production increasing...

03/19/2020

Versarien - when & at what price the attempted bailout fundraise?

03/18/2020

The company playbook on Covid-19...

03/17/2020

Doing nothing looks a great move... with a few possible exceptions says Nigel Somerville

03/16/2020

As an investor, doing nothing is generally under-rated... but sometimes the facts have changed...

03/12/2020

Bowleven - another AIM oil & gas play crunched by the market sell-off, is it a buy?...

03/11/2020

A review of my favourite two gold stocks by Nigel Somerville

03/10/2020

GVC & Aviva - catching up on some boring but worthy updates (& the continuing Amigo shambles)...

03/09/2020

Volvere - a buy suggest Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore

03/06/2020

Finablr - the car-crash continues at Red Flag Central. Sell says Nigel Somerville

03/05/2020

Aggreko, Ibstock, Ashtead & Robert Walters update - any value amongst them?

03/04/2020

Hurricane Energy - more risks? Peter Brailey reviews...

03/03/2020

Investment thoughts as fear has racked up in recent days - from Chris Bailey...

03/02/2020

Ariana Resources - bank gains? A review from the HotStockRockets team...

02/28/2020

Goldplat - interims emphasise return to profit & reasons for further encouragement

02/27/2020

Gold set to remain strong & Highland Gold Mining a favourite producer considers Gary Newman

02/26/2020

Petra Diamonds - now a sell? Gary Newman reviews...

02/25/2020

B.P. Marsh and Partners - a buy say Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore

02/24/2020

OptiBiotix - now a US and Canada LPLDL distributor agreement...

02/21/2020

Yourgene Health - Elucigene DPYD now approved for Australia, adding to confidence

02/20/2020

Checking into InterContinental Hotels Group or Whitbread or Carnival instead?

02/19/2020

Goldplat - further share buying interest, but still a buy? The HotStockRockets team review...

02/18/2020

Pharos Energy - persistent seller providing a buying opportunity considers Gary Newman

02/17/2020

Cluff Natural Resources - a buy says the team at HotStockRockets

02/14/2020

Versarien - sell, and a target price of a few pennies if that says Tom Winnifrith

02/13/2020

ITM Power - having been a great share tip, where is it going now? reviews Peter Brailey

02/12/2020

NMC Health and Finablr - has Dr Shetty been a very naughty boy? Nigel Somerville reviews...

02/11/2020

Ariana Resources - an exciting week ahead as interest (and the share price) mount

02/10/2020

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