After two senior directors at GVC sold three-quarters of their stakes in the company earlier this month, the share price was spooked and some spotted the sale price: £6.66. Chief executive Kenny Alexander sold 2,061,475 shares. That left him owning… 666,666. Coincidence? Symbolic? Or maybe someone had a sense of humour. Whatever the meaning behind it, big share sales from directors arouse suspicion. Will there be disappointing updates to come? Click here to read Paul Jackson's take in this week's No Free Lunch.
This week, Mr Bearbull considers how conventional analysis fails to do a good job when it comes to shareholders assessing takeover bids. The offers in question are Canadian dairy group Saputo's bid for milk processor Dairy Crest and Basalt's offer for Manx Telecom. Manx's shares are in the Bearbull Income Portfolio, but should he accept the bid on the table? Click here to find out.
In Simon Thompson’s column today, he has been running his slide rule across annual results from Strix, a leading manufacturer and designer of kettle safety controls, and highlights its plans to grow its fast growing water filtration business in North America and China. So far this week, Simon has analysed results from 10 small-cap companies.
Meanwhile, Julia Faurschou reports on revolutionary transport options being considered by UK-listed transport companies. Click here to read our latest Sector Focus, with an expert's view from Michael Hurwitz, the director of transport innovation at TfL.