In fact, looking through the results for this morning I can't see anything at all that falls within my small cap remit! (non-resource, financials, investment trusts, foreign companies, and sub-£10m mkt cap, all of which are niches that I don't cover here).
Instead this might be a good time to point out just how well the stocks highlighted here have done! We've got off to a great start here at PSUKSC.
- Trinity Mirror (TNI) is up about 50% from when reported on here
- Home Retail Group (HOME) has zoomed up to 93p recently, on the back of stronger retail sales volumes.
- Mecom (MEC) zoomed up about 35% within 2 days of being reported on here, although I've sold out as not sure how to value it after recent results.
So overall, so far so good! I remain of the view that detailed research on value situations, combined with patience & vigilance, is by far the best investing strategy in the long run.
It falls below my minimum mkt cap, but results from Safeland (SAF) might be worth a look if you go in for micro caps - the mkt cap is tiny compared with NAV. Their shares are up 29% at the time of writing.
I see that Mecom are up another 10% today to 79p, so I sold too early just below 70p a little while ago.
Am sitting tight with HOME, despite that having risen nicely from a recent low of 70p (it has tested that level 3 times in the past year, and bounced strongly each time), and is now 93p. I think it's still cheap, since the Balance Sheet contains so much surplus capital (cash and debtors), hence is a sitting duck for a takeover approach in my opinion.
Plus, it's looking increasingly likely that we've seen bottom of the cycle earnings for it, again just in my opinion. Inflation is the inevitable (and necessary) outcome from this long-running debt crisis, as that's the only way to bring down the gearing of over-indebted consumers & Govts.
Hence why things like decent divi paying retailers are much, much better places to park cash than massively over-priced Gilts with negative real yields - surely one of the worst places to be when entering a period of higher inflation?
That's it for now. I'll be back home by Monday, so will be aiming to do my usual 8am reports again from then on. This week I've been battling family members to get hold of a laptop each morning!
Chatting to locals here in the Hebrides yesterday, they told me how they have great problems attracting & retaining people to live on the islands, as families cannot afford the rents for the low wage jobs available. I replied that the same problem exists in the whole of the South of England too! That's the problem with low wages caused by EU membership & free movement of people from Eastern Europe, and massive over-population which has also resulted from letting in 3.5m+ people in the last 15 years without thinking about where we were going to house them. Somebody in Govt should have thought about these things, but didn't.
However, now they have internet, the Scottish islands would be an ideal place for investors/traders to live, or indeed anyone who does their work on the internet - they can live anywhere, and for people like me who don't particularly like hot weather, then Scotland is a nice place to be!