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Howden Joinery

With all indications that the UK housing market is progressing just swimmingly - house prices in England and Wales hit a record high in July reaching an average of £232,969 - we thought it time to look for some momentum investing opportunities in the housing support sector. Howden Joinery is one name that our momentum screen threw up. And upon closer inspection there seems a lot to like about this solid, well-established Anglo-French kitchen cabinet producer - not least its 12 month chart:       As well as a stoinking chart, Howden Joinery met 10 of the 12 loose screening criteria, that, in a...

Incadea, Dunelm, Howden Joinery and Regus

A super quick trading update. We've sold off our Incadea holdings for no other reason than to lock in a little profit. We bought into Incadea back in November 2012 - 1,237 shares at 98 pence a share. Here's why. Today we sold out at £1.08. At the end of April 2012, Incadea hit all time highs of over £1.30 per share, but there's been a steady reduction in price ever since. It's an inherent risk of holding AIM shares - often there'll be a slide in price for no other reason than a lack of any tangible news. AIM investors are a...

EMIS Group

Sometimes a market over-reaction to news creates the perfect buying opportunity for the shrewd investor but what constitutes an over-reaction? Whilst it's not always evident without the benefit of hindsight, there's certainly an observable outcome over time - a steep dip in price followed by a leisurely stroll back up to where the market was before the news. Our job as investors is to recognise these drops for what they are - and short them down if that's our thing - or pick the turning point and ride them back up to where they began. Here's one we prepared earlier: The EMIS...

Gold, Supergroup, Lavendon, Archipelago and Avocet

It seems like an age since I've put index fingers to keyboard and tapped out a bit of an update. It's not as though I haven't had a dabble on the markets here and there, it's just that I've been a little preoccupied with some of our other web ventures. But more on that in a later post. We dipped back into gold long at $5 per point at $1609 an ounce back in mid February. Since then - with a tug-of-war as China, Russia, et al. stockpile the stuff and fund managers offload it - it's traded in a range...

Range Resources

A positive bit of news from their operations in Trinidad followed by an update on their interests in Guatemala (via a recent investment in Citation Resources Limited) has seen Range Resources put on 30% in 8 days - from 3.00 pence at open on 5th February to 3.90 pence, as I type. On the Trinidad find, Executive Director Peter Landau had this to say: We are extremely pleased with the results of the ongoing drilling program in Trinidad, and particularly with the discovery of new oil reservoir. The QUN 135 well confirms once again that the development potential on Range's Trinidad blocks...

incadea

In a continuation of our shift away from a portfolio lopsided by speculative mining plays toward a portfolio lopsided by companies with a recurring revenue model, in early October we took on a bunch of incadea (the lower cap i in incadea is part of the branding), buying 1,237 shares at 98 pence. Here's the incadea company spiel: incadea is the leading provider of enterprise software solutions and services to the global automotive retail and wholesale market. With a proven industry focus and expertise, incadea is the vendor of choice for car manufacturers and their dealer networks around the world. So what exactly...

Enter the Dragon Oil Into Our Portfolio

That title's a little laboured, right? I tried. Big and cashed up is not a bad place to be in these lawless economic times. Just look at the slashed valuations some of the junior miners are sitting on - especially those that are geared up a little or looking to head back to the market for another injection of filthy lucre. The market is showing absolutely no mercy to the vulnerable. So with that in mind we tinkered a touch with some settings on our stock screening tool (removing the ceiling from our market cap and adding a cash rich criteria to...

Sepura

Besides timing entry and exit points and looking at long term trends I'm not a huge advocate of trading off charts, but every now and then I come across a chart that just screams at me to take action and fundamentals be damned. So was the case with Sepura and its five year chart below (courtesy of SharePrice.co.uk).     2008, forget about it, 2009 through 2011, trading in a range and 2012, it's all sugar - with a nice boost in volume to boot. As a long-term chart it's difficult to interpret in any other way. All there is to hope for, is that...

SuperGroup – That’s the Clothing Retailer

Use the word Supergroup around someone of my age and it'll no doubt conjure up images of men in sequined spandex with substantial bouffants strutting around stage, backed by a tottering stack of Marshalls the height of a housing estate. Even the Google alert I've set up to track any newsworthy online utterings of the term 'Supergroup' tends to return more headlines on wannabe rockers than a certain UK clothing retailer. But I digress. Usually I digress. The Supergroup to which this article refers is in fact Supergroup PLC. A nifty little FTSE 350 company that sells clothing under a number of brands...

Getech Group

Getech Group is a company that flew onto our radar via a recommendation in our favourite small-cap tip-sheet, Small Company Share Watch (SCSW). We took up 2,480 shares in Getech Group on 2nd October at a price of 44.99 pence a share. As I type they're trading around the 50 pence mark - showing a lovely little 10% paper profit in less than two weeks. So what do Getech do? Here's a little paraphrased company rundown from the Getech website: Getech Group plc is a leading consultancy providing geological and geophysical services to the oil, gas and mining industry. The client base comprises...

Bought: Getech Group, Sepura, Incadea, Avocet Mining, Supergroup, Dragon Oil and Gemfields

So enough of all of this stock screening malarkey, it's time to move on to some real market action. I've given the Investor Trader portfolio a damn good shake over the past few weeks and I've got lots of buys and spreads to report. I'll jump into the specifics of each company in the coming days but as a bit of a taster we've taken up shares in a bunch of companies, namely: Getech Group, Sepura and Incadea. We've also taken out a bunch of spread-bets, going long on: Avocet Mining, Supergroup, Dragon Oil and Gemfields. So drop by in the coming days...

When Not to Sell

Despite investing at the more volatile end of the market I like to think I remove many of the elements of chance by doing my homework and remaining informed about any holdings in my portfolio. Information is a little like insurance, not home insurance or buildings insurance, rather portfolio insurance. When the markets are in turmoil it's even more important to stay informed. However it's easy to get sucked in by plunging prices. Potential entry points appear when prices are in flux and sometimes we go chasing the quick quid rather than staying to true to our long term investment goals. On...