A round-up of share tips from the financial press

The stocks and shares the British press is tipping – and recommending you avoid – this week.

The stocks and sharesthe British press is tipping and recommending you avoid this week.

Three to buy

Vertu Motors

The Daily Telegraph

The Newcastle-based motor retailer has snapped up five more dealerships for £19m, adding Toyota to its roster of brands for the first time, following a recent fundraising. Brokers have upgraded their forecasts for the firm, which is winning an enviable reputation for growth, yet the shares are stuck at a five-year low. 56p

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Anglo Pacific

Investors Chronicle

Falling commodity prices have caused "considerable pain" for Anglo Pacific, which holds royalties over coal deposits in Australia. But the worst of the mining downturn is over, Anglo Pacific's royalty income is rising and its 8% dividend yield looks tasty. 74p



Shares in the fish-farming firm have halved since a profit warning last year, but investors should buy into the weakness. Benchmark relies on too few products, but its acquisition of Belgian nutrition company INVE has broadened its offering. 55p

Three to sell


The Daily Telegraph

Shares in pump maker Wolseley have fallen 10% after it reported "lacklustre" quarterly results. Most of its revenue comes from America, where demand has tanked with fracking activity and the oil price. Sales growth in Canada and Norway is also tepid at best. Wolseley is in a cyclical industry and at 15 times earnings the shares are too expensive.3,689p



Analysts at several brokerages, including Haitong Research, fear the struggling telecoms provider may be forced to cut its dividend by as much as 40%. The firm is suffering following an exodus of nearly 100,000 customers after a cyber-attack and competition in the sector is fierce. Costs labelled "exceptional" on the books look like they're "anything but". 248p

IG Group

The Times

Volatile equity markets should have led to a strong April for spread-betting firm IG Group, but instead, it was disappointingly quiet. Full-year figures ought to come in ahead of expectations, as IG's customer base has risen by 10% a year. But on a pricey looking p/e ratio of 18 times earnings, all the good news looks to be in the price.799p

And the rest

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Alliance PharmaAcquisitions have boosted its pipeline and the shares are cheap (Investors Chronicle) 48p
Arrow GlobalArrow is profitably buying distressed debt from banks (Investors Chronicle) 266p
Auto TraderThe car dealer is bumping up dividends and share buybacks (Shares) 400p
Clipper LogisticsProfits are rising at the click and collect specialist (Daily Mail) 285p
DebenhamsDebenhams has poached senior staff from online giant Amazon (Investors Chronicle) 71p
HalfordsHalfords is sensibly investing in the booming cycling industry (Times) 407p
IbstockAt seven times earnings, shares in the brick maker are too cheap (Shares) 199p
MotorpointThe car dealer market is fragmented and Motorpoint has further to go (Daily Mail) 232p
Pets at HomeSales are rising strongly at the vet and grooming specialist (Investors Chronicle) 262p
SophosAccounting issues at the cybersecurity firm are overblown (Shares) 211p
Taylor WimpeyThe housebuilder has a juicy yield and strong balance sheet (Investors Chronicle) 204p
Telford HomesThe London-focused property developer is alluring on a p/e of ten (Times) 371p
Urban&civicThe government's Help to Buy scheme has boosted the developer (Inv. Chr.) 260p

Directors' dealings

A German view

The group is also benefiting from the structural shift towards healthier living, while major sporting events, such as the European football championships (where most teams are kitted out in Adidas) and the Olympic Games, give the sector an additional fillip. Adidas, which boasts a solid balance sheet, recently revised up its 2016 profit growth forecast to 25% implying a bottom line figure of €900m.