Share tips of the week

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

MoneyWeek's comprehensive guide to this week's share tips from the rest of the UK's financial pages.

Three to buy

Good Energy Group

The Mail on Sunday

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Good Energy aims to allow homes and businesses to operate using locally produced renewable energy. The Aim-listed business was one of the first to offer a way for micro-generators such as those on houses, farms and businesses to sell their excess power from solar panels and the like on to the grid. The business has more than 100,000 customers and should continue to grow at a decent pace. 239.75p

Gulf Keystone


The Kurdistan-focused oil producer has had a torrid time of late as it goes through a debt restructuring. It operates in a volatile region and its fortunes are tied to a single asset the Shaikan oil field. Nevertheless, a $25m open offer was oversubscribed, showing the markets are still hungry for a company that might become a takeover target, and the firm has scope to expand. "One for the brave." 2p

Pennon Group

The Times

Pennon's South West Water subsidiary is on track to achieve high returns in the wake of its acquisition last year of Bournemouth Water for £100m. Pennon is more diversified than other water companies, because it also owns waste-management business Viridor, and with a promise to grow the dividend at 4% above the rate of inflation in the coming years it offers decent returns. 897p

Three to sell

Finsbury Food Group

The Times

Finsbury, which makes own-brand bread, buns and cakes for the big supermarkets, has been improving margins and making acquisitions in new business areas. Revenues and profits are sharply up, but firms in this sector often struggle to pass on cost rises to the supermarkets. With the weak pound pushing input prices up, immediate growth prospects now look limited. 135.5p

Hansard Global

The Daily Telegraph

Profits and client numbers for this offshore savings and insurance group have never fully recovered from the 2008 crisis and new global rules about financial transparency have previously forced a restructuring. The firm is also still involved in costly litigation concerning whether its products are suitable for some clients. It is hard to find any catalyst for a quick recovery in the shares. 120p

Millennium & Copthorne

Investors Chronicle

The luxury hotels group has seen revenue per room fall, with a poor showing in London, New York and Singapore. The company is investing to renovate and build new hotels, but such investments will dent profits in coming years. Management is "dogmatic" in its reluctance to realise the value of the company's land portfolio by strategically selling valuable sites. 436p

And the rest

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BuysRow 0 - Cell 1
AvivaThe life insurer is diversifying and a forecast p/e of 8.7 is cheap (Investors Chronicle) 431p
CentaminThe Egypt-focused gold miner isn't perfect, but it's still undervalued (IC) 135p
Fox MarbleSales should pick up when the stone firm gets its own factory up and running (IC) 9.75p
FyffesThe oldest fruit brand in the world makes for a tasty defensive buy (Shares) 129p
IQEA fast-growing photonics business makes the semiconductor firm cheap (Shares) 30.25p
Kier GroupNew infrastructure spending means the shares still have room to rise (Times) 1,289p
NextThe clothing retailer's top-class management can ride out the storms (Shares) 4,735p
PurplebricksThe online estate agent is gaining market share and has great potential (Shares) 134.25p
Regional REITShares in this property firm offer a yield "well ahead of the market average" (Times) 106p
SagaA strong brand in the over-50s market makes for bright long-term prospects (Times) 223p
TescoThere are signs of a recovery at the supermarket under CEO Dave Lewis (Shares) 178.75p
Verona PharmaA new respiratory drug could have "blockbuster" potential in the years ahead (IC) 3p

Directors' dealings

A German view

The smartphone chip market has lost some momentum, but the group looks very well placed in key chip growth markets such as solar energy cells and driverless cars. Analysts expect earnings to climb by 12% to €707m in the year to October 2016. The group has a history of shrewd acquisitions, so the current round of consolidation in the chip sector has also fuelled optimism. Infineon is "a clear buy".