Share tips of the week

MoneyWeek’s comprehensive guide to this week’s share tips from the UK's financial press.

Three to buy



Shares in the high-street clothing colossus have fallen too far. Consumer confidence and spending have been hit post-Brexit and a drop in sterling has increased Next's buying costs abroad. But the company is returning surplus cash to investors, via share buybacks and one-off payouts, and its dividend is meanwhile covered nearly three times by earnings. 5,465p

Smiths Group

The Times

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Engineering conglomerate Smiths sells 60% of its products in the US, so is benefitting from the weak pound. Trading has been difficult for John Crane, its largest division, which makes seals, and Smiths is seen as a "perennial" candidate for being broken up into its various businesses. But the group is under new management and is close to finalising a £500m deal to buy Morpho, which makes scanners for airports. 1,352p


The Mail on Sunday

Tyman makes parts for handles, windows and locks, and also sells burglar alarms. The shares have dipped on fears that British homeowners will be cautiousspenders following Brexit. But sales in the last six months jumped 15% to £201m, ahead of forecasts, driven by strong sales in the US, which is Tyman's largest market. The interim dividend is also up 13%. 283p

Three to sell

Hargreaves Services

The Times

Hargreaves produces and trades coal in the UK. The closure or winding down of Britain's coal-fired power stations, including Longannet in Fife and Fiddlers Ferry in Cheshire, has hit the company hard. Its coal volumes have tumbled from seven million to two million tonnes in the last year. Debt has ballooned from £1m to £32m, and the share price has tanked.1,344p

Intu Properties


Consumer confidence is falling, so investors should "dump" shares in shopping-centre landlord Intu Properties. Its shares have almost recovered from a sell-off that rocked property stocks after Britain's vote to leave the EU, but weak spending in shops will feed through into lower rents and even defaults. Analysts at Liberum say revenue will take a hit of 10%.306p

Sports Direct

Investors Chronicle

Investors already know that this year will be "miserable" financially for the beleagured sportswear chain. Brexit, big currency moves, poor weather and a minimum wage scandal have all taken their toll and the shares are down by two-thirds. It now looks like profit will fall next year too, after management failed to hedge against a sudden drop in the pound.300p

And the rest

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BuysRow 0 - Cell 1
ArbuthnotThe bank is eyeing deals to bulk up its merchant bank (Investors Chronicle) 1,669p
Balfour BeattyThe building giant is underpinned by valuable PFI contracts (Sunday Times) 240p
Blue PrismHigher investment is paying off for the robot specialist (Shares) 213p
CobhamThe defence firm has properly addressed its balance sheet strain (Shares) 160p
Hikma PharmaceuticalsThe shares have dropped, but profits are up and the firm's bullish (Shares) 2,296p
IdeagenThe software specialist focuses on the booming compliance market (Shares) 56p
Kennedy WilsonThe company is "breathlessly" expanding its property portfolio (IC) 1,011p
Lombard Risk MgmtLombard is cashing in on tough new banking regulations (Mail) 8p
LookerThe car dealer has £120m of surplus cash to spend on acquisitions (Times) 129p
QuartoThe book publisher is too cheap on 6.5 times earnings (Shares) 261p
SMSThe smart meter firm is rolling out is products across the country (Mail) 466p
TharisaThe South African platinum miner has reliable production and costs (IC) 68p
WorldpayWorldpay offers a way in to the payment processing niche (Shares) 318p

Directors' dealings

An American view

"The long-term demand trend could hardly be more favourable" given the ageing population. The target market, senior citizens older than 75 with annual incomes over $50,000, is set to expand by 40% by 2020 and that's before the wave of baby boomers breaks. Brookdale is selling off its less profitable facilities and is cheap on 1.4 times book value.