Articles by: CHRIS BAILEY OF FINANCIAL ORBIT

EPIC CCL
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They may have risen, but Carnival shares are still down 50% YTD!

How is your portfolio year-to-date?  It has not been the easiest six months, but I've seen worse. Carnival plc (CCL) - my smallest personal portfolio holding at, fortunately, way below 1% - has also been my most disastrous.  Perhaps, one day I will make it onto a cruise ship, but as a shareholding, I remain at a material loss.  What did it say in the quarterlies, and what shall I do about my small position?

  • By Chris Bailey of Financial Orbit
  • 2022-06-26 13:46:32
EPIC ESNT
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Essentra announces stage one of its business simplification plan - a clear BUY

As noted HERE, I am a fan of Essentra (ESNT), the “hassle-free supplier of essential industrial components”.  Is today's announcement - the company has “disposed of ESNT Packaging & Securing Solutions Limited, Essentra Packaging US Inc, and their respective subsidiary companies to Mayr-Melnhof Group, a leading producer of carton based in Austria, for a cash consideration of £312 million, on a cash-free, debt-free basis and subject to customary adjustments” - good or bad news, then?

  • By Chris Bailey of Financial Orbit
  • 2022-06-24 09:30:47
EPIC HFD
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Have Halfords shares hit a bad day buy level or not?

Seven months ago, I wondered if Halfords Group (HFD) - the “largest retailer of motoring and cycling products... in the United Kingdom” - was a potential bad-day buy.  Since then, the stock has halved! Have we hit the bad-day buy level, or not?

  • By Chris Bailey of Financial Orbit
  • 2022-06-19 18:48:09
EPIC TSCO
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How does Tesco feel about the UK economy?

About three months ago, I noted that, before I bought back into the shares, I needed to see a >10% fall in the then c. 265p Tesco (TSCO) share price. We are not there yet, given this morning's 248p price, but what did its Q1 update say about the tricky path ahead?

  • By Chris Bailey of Financial Orbit
  • 2022-06-17 09:42:36
EPIC GAW
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I am officially intrigued by Games Workshop (shares…naturally)

Apparently, “an Age of Darkness has descended upon the galaxy… Horus Lupercal, Warmaster of the Emperor's armies, has turned against his gene-father and sent the Imperium spiralling into bloody civil war”. I'm not sure what this means for global markets, but it has some relevance for Games Workshop (GAW), “a British manufacturer of miniature wargames, based in Nottingham, England…[whose] best-known products are Warhammer Age of Sigmar, and Warhammer”.  Quite a few of you are (secret) fans, I'm sure.  

  • By Chris Bailey of Financial Orbit
  • 2022-06-14 13:22:37
EPIC
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Sunday excitement (or not) for HSBC shareholders?

First, I would like to offer a huge congratulations to every “Rogue Blogger”; it was a fantastic effort. Back in the dull world of investments, I read today that HSBC (HSBA) investor eyes £22 billion boost from bank break-up”.

  • By Chris Bailey of Financial Orbit
  • 2022-06-12 17:29:10
EPIC BATS
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Keep on thinking (and investing), until you cannot

In the world of investing, one must know when to quit.  Whilst it is, I hope, many years before I no longer manage my money, one shouldn't expect to own their favourite stock today, forever.  After all, it is not just that the world changes (because obviously, it does), but any share can become fundamentally fully-valued; that is when to move on.

  • By Chris Bailey of Financial Orbit
  • 2022-06-10 10:14:54
EPIC WTB
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More corporate fun for Premier Inn owner, Whitbread

How are your domestic holiday plans for this year?  Given all the airport hassles, what could be nicer than a holiday in the (no doubt rainy) UK?  I am sure Premier Inn owner Whitbread (WTB) would completely agree with such thoughts. So, does that make the stock cheap?

  • By Chris Bailey of Financial Orbit
  • 2022-06-03 18:06:39
EPIC
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Investment markets are always opportunistic (and mad)

US markets have avoided an eighth straight week of losses.  And, despite the UK's "windfall tax" on energy giants, even Shell (SHEL) made a gain this week. I've seen Cathie Wood's latest thoughts, and, given her fund's recent success, it's only a matter of time before the reverse of its year-to-date 53.2% fall…not!

  • By Chris Bailey of Financial Orbit
  • 2022-05-28 17:34:10
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