Monthly Archives: February 2014

tesla charging

Chart: Tesla charging up the size ranks……

Norway’s favourite car manufacturer Tesla is on a tear. The chart below shows market enthusiasm accelerating dramatically in recent weeks. Who said “risk off” ?

February 28th, 2014 by

Style & Sector Trends

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olympiakos moment

UK Dividend Stocks: Pearson like Man Utd learning structural truths….

New Pearson CEO John Fallon must feel a bit like Man United’s David Moyes. Succeed a legendary manager and deal with major structural issues.

February 28th, 2014 by

Quality Franchises

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wave threat

Bank services face a wave of technology threats…

Banks are not technology companies. They are consumer services companies which have failed that description in multiple ways in recent years. Could real consumer/business technology companies replace many of their services?  

February 28th, 2014 by

Financials

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ukraine support

Ukraine short of real support….

It’s not just the Ukrainian currency struggling for support. The stakes are too high for Europe or the US to risk much more than stern words and thus gives Russia room to squeeze Kiev’s new government.

February 28th, 2014 by

Editorial

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Ghostbusters

Groundhog Day and ghosts of a crisis past?

Harold Ramis will be missed but Groundhog Day remains etched in the memories of all “90s comedy fans. But….the history of markets would suggest investors often miss events which have a striking resonance with the past.

February 25th, 2014 by

Financials

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gulliver

UK Dividend Stocks: BP shrinking but performing nicely!

Our views on the oil sector’s poor returns on spend are well known and we have called for capital discipline much like the mining sector has committed to. The poster child so far among the oil majors might be BP.

February 25th, 2014 by

Income

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market highs

Do markets need corporates to invest more?

There is a hope out there that corporates sitting on mountains of cash will open up their wallets and up capital expenditure. Goldman Sachs reckon S&P 500 corporates will raise spending by 9% in 2014 to $700 billion.

February 25th, 2014 by

Style & Sector Trends

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whats-up-doc

Do telecoms and media know what’s up?

WhatsApp is worth $19 billion to Facebook but what might it cost the telecoms and media giants in the near future? We’d hazard a guess that it could be lots lots more.

February 21st, 2014 by

Style & Sector Trends

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Rio performing

UK Dividend Stocks: Keep an eye on RIO !

BHP Billiton reported better than expected results but much of the “beat” was on the accounting front. For us, the mining sector is gripping reality more firmly than the oil sector.

February 18th, 2014 by

Style & Sector Trends

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china credit

China lending continues to explode….

Think about the assist the US Fed and Japan’s BOJ are providing with their monthly asset buying programmes of about $75 billion each. Call it $150 billion of central banking funds  flowing into the system.

February 18th, 2014 by

Financials

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