The week’s share tipsters at a glance – 3 January

Buy
Company Publication Reason Price tipped
Akzo Nobel (AKZA)
Chemicals
Investors Chronicle Akzo’s chief executive has returned following his illness to sweep a new broom around the company, selling off the US paints division. Buy on a price/earnings (p/e) ratio of 13 for 2013.  €45.24
€51.27/€34.84*
Carnival (CCL)
Travel & leisure
The Daily Telegraph Profits at the cruise operator fell in 2012 following the Costa Concordia disaster, but the share-price weakness is a buying opportunity. Growth prospects for the cruise market look bright.  2,442p
2,596p/1,708p
Centrica (CNA)
Utilities
The Daily Telegraph Centrica’s shares have recovered from the 2011 profit warning and boast a tasty 2013 yield of 5.7%. News on whether the firm will participate in building new nuclear plants is due soon.  341p
342.5p/280p
Central Asian Metals (CAML)
Aim
Investors Chronicle The copper miner has declared its maiden dividend after a bumper year. It’s one of just three Aim miners that pay a dividend. Meanwhile, the Kounrad project is throwing off lots of cash. 101p
144p/57.75p
EnQuest (ENQ)
Oil & gas
The Daily Telegraph Shares in the North Sea oil explorer performed strongly in 2012, up 30%. Its major projects are on track and it is busy establishing a presence in two new oil basins outside the North Sea. 121p
136p/94p
Fresenius Medical (FME)
Healthcare equipment
Investors Chronicle Shares in the kidney dialysis specialist have underperformed due to a profit warning and US lawsuits. But these are short-term problems and Fresenius enjoys an enviable market niche. €52.80
€60.30/€49.60
Globo (GBO)
Aim
Shares Snap up shares in the e-commerce software provider before the US launch of its new product, Go! Enterprise. European deals have been signed but US deals could transform the company. 19.75p
31.5p/16p
Hilton Food (HFG)
Meat packing
Shares Meat packer Hilton, which supplies Tesco and Ahold, is well funded and coping well with the depressed market. The shares could receive a boost at the forthcoming trading update. 277.25p
310p/235.25p
IGas Energy (IGAS)
Aim
The Times Investors looking to invest directly in shale gas could buy shares in IGas – the only quoted UK shale gas producer – but the potential of its reserves is hard to gauge. It’s a speculative punt. 146p
153p/42p
Mytrah Energy (MYT)
Aim
Investors Chronicle A sell-off in Indian companies in 2012 hit shares in the wind-power developer, but progress continues. Half-year revenues jumped from $2.3m to $30.7m, with profits of $12.2m. Buy.  80p
126p/45p
Nanoco (NANO)
Aim
Investors Chronicle Shares in the ‘quantum dot’ semi-conductor material maker are gathering momentum, up 40% since October. It has deals in place with major Asian manufacturers and is well funded.  87p
87p/50p
Nostra Terra Oil (NTOG)
Aim
Shares Results due from two of its Oklahoma wells could boost shares in the US-focused oil explorer. Previous results were encouraging and development continues on another separate prospect. 0.5p
0.75p/0.25p
Petra Diamonds (PDL)
Mining
The Daily Telegraph The eurozone crisis hit diamond prices for six in 2012 as the wealthy delayed their purchases. But prices are likely to recover substantially when the crisis dissipates. Buy. 116.5p
188.5p/96p
Primary Health Prop (PHP)
Real estate invest. trust
Shares Doctors’ surgery developer Primary Health Properties plans an expansion programme in 2013. Acquiring new sites will boost cash flow and dividends. Buy for the 5.4% yield.  344p
351.5p/310p 
Quindell Portfolio (QPP)
Aim
The Daily Telegraph Shares in the telecoms and insurance outsourcer have fallen following a good run, but this looks overdone. Trading is buoyant and the firm plans to move to a full listing this year. 14.25p
18.25p/17.25p
Royal Dutch Shell (RDSB)
Oil & gas
Shares Shell may hike its dividend payout at the full-year results, due on 31 January, due to bumper cash flow from its three biggest projects. The shares trade on just 7.9 times 2013 earnings. 2,176p
2,499p/2,020p
Spectris (SXS)
Engineering
The Times Growing at 2% per year, sales at instrumentation specialist Spectris are bearing up well despite the slowdown in Europe. On a p/e of 14, the shares are a good long-term bet.  2,037p
2,098p/1,245p
Ubisense (UBI)
Aim
The Mail on Sunday The Cambridge University spin-out produces electronic tags, which make production lines more efficient. Its tags are used by BMW, Jaguar and BAE, and sales are growing steadily.  206p
236.5p/182.5p
Venn Life Sciences (VENN)
Aim
Shares Aim’s newest listing, Venn, conducts clinical trials for drug firms and plans to use its initial public offering proceeds to snap up acquisitions in Europe.  33.5p
36p/30p
Weir Group (WEIR)
Oil & gas
The Times Weir has consolidated its position in the US shale gas industry by acquiring pressure control equipment supplier Mathena. On 12 times earnings, the shares look good long-term value.  1,933p
2,243p/1,352p
Sell
Company Publication Reason Price tipped
Darty (DRTY)
General retailers
Investors Chronicle The electronics retailer is under pressure in recession-hit France, where it makes 70% of its sales. Half-year, like-for-like sales fell by 2.8% and the firm faces fierce online competition.  57p
87p/37p
Debenhams (DEB)
General retailers
Shares It’s early days in the recovery at Debenhams and pre-Christmas discounting was heavier than expected, with margins hit. Earnings downgrades could follow, so sell into the rally.  116.5p
125p/56p
Easyjet (EZJ)
Travel & leisure
Investors Chronicle Budget airline easyJet has lots of fans in the City, but it’s time to take profits. Growth is slowing, while Europe remains in recession. Austerity measures will hit airline profits. 766p
771p/367p
Lo-Q (LOQ)
Aim
The Mail on Sunday Investors in the queue-busting gadget maker have seen their shares more than triple since 2010. The acquisition of Accesso should provide a boost, but it’s best to sell half your holding. 380p
402.5p/189p
Park Group (PKG)
Financial services
The Mail on Sunday Shares in the Christmas savings company have doubled since July 2009. The firm’s profits and dividend remain healthy, but investors should take profits and sell half their holding.  61p
64p/42.5p
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