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Small Cap Value Report - MKS, SHOE, HEAD

Good Morning,

I didn't get round to commenting on Marks and Spencer (LON:MKS) results yesterday, which a reader asked me to do. I haven't looked at MKS properly for a long time, so thought it would be interesting. So here goes:

Marks and Spencer (LON:MKS)

Share price: 307p (up 5.2% yesterday, on results day)
No. shares: 1,624.8m
Market cap: £4,988m

Ed Croft
Top Stocks for 2018 and the Benefits of Ignorance

2017 has been a good year for stock market investors, but it’s been a great one for NAPS investors. Over the course of 2017 this remarkably effortless stock selection system (that I’m now calling the “no-admin-portfolio-system”) returned over 45% after dividends, beating the performance of 99.7% of 3295 professionally managed funds in the UK.

What’s more this was achieved in less than an hour’s work at the beginning of the year, with absolutely no research into any of the individual stocks in question.

So, I’m going to start the year with a review of the NAPS performance over the last 12 months before considering the difference between ignorance and stupidity.

Ben Hobson
Mark Minervini Interview - A guide to superperformance from a stock market wizard

When you’re trying to interview a man with a deadline to write a book, finding a convenient time isn’t easy. When that man is Mark Minervini, whose hectic days are split between trading and finishing his eagerly-awaited new investing guide – Think and Trade Like a Champion – the pressure’s even worse. When I finally managed to catch him - one evening after the market close in New York - he was generous with both his time and his views.

For more than three decades, books have played a crucial part in cementing Mark’s reputation as one of America’s most closely-watched traders. This year sees the

Jack Brumby
Stable stock ideas for volatile markets

I don’t know about you, but the recent market correction has rearranged my portfolio with all the subtlety of a bull in a china shop. I imagine I’m not the only investor sweeping up broken crockery right now.

As I write, the FTSE 100 has found a degree of resistance at the 7,000 level (down from 7,877 in May earlier this year). Macro fears abound: Brexit, trade wars, increasing debts, weakening underwriting standards and the gradual normalisation of interest rates, to name a few. The days are also getting shorter, but my colleagues assure me this happens every year.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, 2018 has been a volatile year. We are more than nine years into a bull market and pretty much in uncharted territory. If the UK stock

Graham Neary
Small Cap Value Report - PLUS, MWG, GLE, PURP, SDRY
Plus500 (LON:PLUS)

According to the presentation forwarded to me by the company's PR agent, under Risk Management, the company says "hedging would be undertaken if market movement breach the Group's risk appetite limits".

In other words, Plus500 does have risk appetite when it comes to taking on client net positions. It would hedge if client net positions became too extreme.

Profit from client net positions is listed explicitly as a source of revenue by the

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