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


The Times

This operator of hospitals and care homes had one of the worst initial public offerings in years. It floated in 2014 at 225p, but today the shares are down by almost 70%. The firm racked up debt when making acquisitions and almost breached its banking covenants earlier this year. However, the worst looks to be over and a recent trading statement was encouraging, making it a highly speculative buy. 68p

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Investors Chronicle

Steel is a highly cyclical business and despite all the bad press about the industry in Britain in recent months the cycle could be about to turn up. If so, Vesuvius, which makes components for steelmakers and foundries, stands to benefit. The shares trade on a generous 4.9% dividend yield. 332p



Worries that the mobile giant might not be able to sustain its dividend are easing. Analysts think that there should be fewer pressures on cash flow as the firm's £20bn programme of investment in network infrastructure comes to an end. Dividend cover should improve to 1.5 times earnings by 2019. 231p

Three to sell

Atlas Mara

The Sunday Times

The start-up bank set up by former Barclays Chief Executive Bob Diamond was touted as a premier pan-African business in the making. Results so far haven't been encouraging. Diamond wants to buy Barclays' African operations and merge them with Atlas Mara, but this deal is far from certain. If it doesn't go ahead, Atlas Mara will continue to struggle.$4.50



There's much to admire about the owner of B&Q, Screwfix and France's Castorama.Chief Executive Vronique Laury's plans to transform its profitability have been bearing fruit. But competition is set to get tougher especially for B&Q, since Australian firm Wesfarmers recently bought its rival Homebase and is investing heavily. Time to take profits.366p

PZ Cussons

The Daily Telegraph

Shares in the maker of Imperial Leather and Carex have rallied strongly since January. However, the economic outlook for Nigeria, which accounts for a quarter of its profits, is uncertain. A price/earnings ratio of 20 looks too expensive, given sales and profits are likely to be flat. What's more, debt is rising due to spending on acquisitions, increasing the risks.337p

And the rest

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AngleThe firm's blood test for finding cancer has huge potential (Mail on Sunday) 66p
Associated British FoodsRising sugar prices should boost this food group (Daily Telegraph) 2,867p
AugeanThe hazardous-waste firm is seeing demand grow (Investors Chronicle) 49p
Eland Oil & GasIt's risky, but this Nigeria-based oil firm is set to quadruple output (Shares) 27p
Goals Soccer CentresInvestment by the football centre operator could spark a rerating (Shares) 116p
OneSavings BankA better capital position should allow the bank to increase lending (Shares) 326p
PurplebricksEstate agents' shares are down, but this online firm is soaring (Sunday Times) 141p
Tullett PrebonThe purchase of ICAP's voice-broking arm is likely to go ahead (The Times) 314p
S&UDemand for motor finance is rocketing at this lender (Invest. Chronicle) 2,335p
ULS TechnologyThe house-moving services provider can keep expanding (Invest. Chronicle) 71p
WYGThe building consultation group's order book stands at £150m (The Times) 138p
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EckohThe payments firm is doing well, but it's priced for perfection (Shares) 53p
SainsburyCompetition from discounters is fierce (Daily Telegraph) 251p

Directors' dealings

An American view

Half the group's revenue stems from North America. The US housing market looks solid, with new home sales recently hitting an eight-year high. Consumer spending is healthy too. Whirlpool has a presence in Asia, South America, notably Brazil, and the Middle East; it has also embarked on a joint venture in China. It is on a 2016 price/earnings ratio of 12 and yields 2.3%.