Expert share tips this week

Here’s your round up of how the experts view key stocks this week.

HSBC, Barclays and Cineworld are among the companies under the spotlight this week.


Symbol: HSBA.L

Index: FTSE 100

HSBC share price (Image: Google)

The world’s largest bank is due to update the market this week and everyone is hoping the upbeat tone of the last quarter has been maintained.

Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, is optimistic about its future prospects.

“The company has remained a significant payer during different times and remains attractive for income seekers,” he said.

2. Barclays – HOLD

Symbol: BARC.L

Index: FTSE 100

Barclays share price (Image: Google)

The bank confirmed that the Serious Fraud Office had charged its subsidiary with regards to a $3 billion loan to Qatar in 2008.

However, Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, said the news wasn’t a surprise and the market took it in its stride.

“The bank is coming to the end of its large restructuring process and a return to dividend growth is expected this year,” he added.

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3. Galliford Try – BUY

Symbol: GFRD.L

Index: FTSE 250

Galliford Try share price (Image: Google)

Shares may have fallen 19% on Valentine’s Day but analysts insist this creates an opportunity as the capital raise has been misunderstood.

Charlie Campbell, an analyst at Liberum, believes it gives the group a balance sheet more appropriate for its activities and growth prospects.

“We think that as the news is digested, investors will look to take advantage of extreme valuation,” he said.

4. Cineworld – BUY

Symbol: CINE.L

Index: FTSE 250

Cineworld share price (Image: Google)

The popular cinema chain, which unveiled a £2.7 billion purchase of US chain Regal last year, has its eye on the future.

Douglas Jack, an analyst at Peel Hunt, said recommendations have been upgraded from Hold to Buy to reflect the acquisition and related rights issue.

“Management has a strong track record of generating good returns from acquisitions,” he said.

5. Coca-Cola HBC – HOLD

Symbol: CCH.L

Index: FTSE 100

Coca Cola share price (Image: Google)

The management of bottling partner for Coca Cola described its full-year results as exceptional – but shares only rose modestly in response.

Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, said results were driven by improving conditions across most markets – but warned there were potential problems.

“Risks are posed in the form of a more health-conscious world and efforts to limit consumption of sugary drinks along with currency movements,” he said.

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The information included in this article does not constitute regulated financial advice. You should seek out independent, professional financial advice before making an investment decision.

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