Share Prices & Company Research


25 April 2019

Redmayne Bentley's Top Trades

Below, we take a look at the most frequently traded shares through Redmayne Bentley over the last couple of weeks and consider why they have been so popular.

Index: FTSE All-Share
Sector: Travel & Leisure
Market Capitalisation: £422.36m
Thomas Cook has endured a difficult trading period of late. In 2018, following two separate profit warnings, the UK holiday company recorded a pre-tax loss of £163m, while net debt ballooned to £389m from £40m in 2017. Poor performance has resulted in market capitalisation tumbling 80%, with management now exploring the potential sale of the business. Fosun, which is Thomas Cook’s largest shareholder, is said to be interested in bidding, while German airline group, Lufthansa, has previously expressed an interest in the business’ long-haul operations.
Index: FTSE 100
Sector: Oil & Gas Producers
Market Capitalisation: £116,011.15m
BP has committed to lead a US$6bn consortium to expand a major offshore oil project in Azerbaijan. BP operates the current project alongside Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR and a group of international partners including Chevron. The project is due to come online in 2023 and will increase production at the site by 100,000 barrels per day, aiming to achieve 300m barrels over its lifetime. Previous projects in the region have been beset by problems due to complex logistics and thus progress will be closely watched by those also considering investments in the region.
Index: FTSE 100
Sector: Food Producers
Market Capitalisation: £52,969.49m
Unilever has had a strong start to the year, beating market expectations. The European consumer goods company reported in its quarterly earnings that it had achieved 3.1% organic sales growth during the first quarter of 2019. Investors have, however, expressed concerns surrounding the group’s reliance on price increases rather than sales volume to deliver growth. The group’s new Chief, Alan Jope, admitted that too much of the current portfolio is “not on trend” and highlighted the group’s investments that are being made to change that.

Top Trades is published every fortnight in Equity Insight, a newsletter written by our stockbrokers and investment managers. It provides market commentary, a focus on individual sectors, technical analysis, potential trading opportunities and share reviews.
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Redmayne Bentley's Top Trades
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