MoneyWeek’s comprehensive guide to the week’s share tips

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


Investors Chronicle

Shares in the company behind the off-licence chain Bargain Booze have big potential. After buying up several rivals, including wine distributor Bibendum, Conviviality could grow into a major alcohol wholesaler, supplying both the on- and off-trade sectors. The forecast dividend yield looks attractive at 4.3%. 196p

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The Times

Halma, the Buckinghamshire-based technology firm that specialises in hazard detectors, from fire alarms to pregnancy scanners, has raised its dividend by at least 5% for 37 years. It is deal-hungry, spending more than £200m on acquisitions last year, swallowing a US digital firm. Organic growth on top was 6% last year. The shares are far from cheap on 25 times earnings, but deserve the premium. 933p

Pets at Home


"Snap up" shares in the pet accessory firm, says Shares. Pets at Home is now also the biggest small-animal veterinary firm in the UK, offering "resilient growth" in a fragmented market. It has raised its dividend pay-out policy and also plans to return excess cash as special dividends. 235p

Three to sell

Berkeley Group

The Daily Telegraph

Berkeley, the luxury London flat builder, has reported record results and has pledged to return £2m a year to investors in dividends over the next five years. But "cracks" are appearing. The property cycle looks like it has reached its peakand average prices in London are now falling. The forward price-earnings ratio is just eight, but that assumes a big jump in earnings. 2,954p

Circassia Pharmaceuticals

The Sunday Times

The allergy-treatment developer listed on the stock exchange at a price of 310p two years ago,in one of the market's biggest public floats.But progress at the company has been slow and too much of its value rides on results due from trials of its cat-allergy drug. Disappointment could herald a majorsell-off in the shares, if not the biotech sector more broadly. 270p


Investors Chronicle

Dwindling NHS budgets have delayed orders at software specialist Servelec and its shares have "tanked". Orders anticipated for its technology division, which are linked to regulatory changes in the water sector, have also failed to materialise. The number of acquisitions made by management only adds to concerns. It's now time to bail out of the shares. 227p

And the rest

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Ashtead GroupShares in the tool-hire firm are cheap and it plans share buybacks (Times) 986p
BCA MarketplaceEurope's car auctioneer is generating surplus cash (Investors Chronicle) 177p
Belvoir LettingsThe UK's biggest franchise letting agency is resilient and yields 6% (Mail) 122p
Consort MedicalThe shares in this maker of drug delivery devices look cheap (Times) 941p
FirstGroupThe rail and bus firm is on track despite losing two franchises (Inv. Chr.) 114p
GB GroupThe security firm's shares are worth holding despite the CEO leaving (Shares) 285p
PureCircleThe market for natural sweeteners is growing strongly (Inv. Chr.) 343p
SafestoreOccupancy is low at the self-storage firm, giving it room to grow (Times) 350p
Sierra RutileRutile prices are stabilising and the firm's output is ramping up (Inv. Chr.) 22p
SQSTwo US acquisitions have bolstered the software firm's position (Shares) 442p
UBMThe exhibitions specialist is paying a juicy special dividend (Times) 560p
WincantonThe logistics provider could be a takeover target (Telegraph) 187p

Directors' dealings

Shares in Derwent, which has more than six million square feet of high-end office space in central London, have bounced around this year along with other companies in the commercial property sector, as EU referendum polls have swung from side to side. Derwent's property portfolio in London is valued at £5bn, leaving it heavily exposed to the capital's commercial property market. Some analysts expect London property to suffer if the UK votes to leave the EU.

A German view

Beijing aims to increase the number of electric vehicles in China by 700,000 this year. Infineon's chips are also required for the photovoltaic cells that capture solar energy, and are central to the emergence of the "internet of things", whereby everyday objects such as cars and appliances are being automated and connected.