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Naked Trader '..the market heads into the election in a pretty good mood'

April 23 2015, 3:59pm


Some good news: Tesco is apparently offering a great deal on its shares: buy one, get one free!

Well, the market heads into the election in a pretty good mood. I think we have to remember so many FTSE companies are overseas - maybe the election won't cause so much volatility and we will just follow the states. Who knows?

I'm carrying on as normal! Trouble is if you worry about everything - elections, Greece, Isis, the euro, then you'll never ever make a trade. Worst comes to the worst with a crap trade, dump it and take a small loss.

I've surprised myself and made quite a few trades, more than normal - not going to publish them all but here are one or two!

Quantum Pharma (QP.) looks very interesting indeed. I like the look of it and bought it twice - once live at Monday's seminar and also a spreadbet or two.

This is one that actually makes a profit - and a good one too! I like that its trading update said results which will be sometime in May (probably before I update next) will  be comfortably ahead of expectations.

On that score, the shares look very cheap. It reached a significant milestone recently by launching its first licensed medicine, Aviticol .

Quantum also has cash and is using it to acquire others - indeed it just announced it bought Lamda Labs which looks a good fit 

I think Quantum has some considerable upside and I am thinking of it as one I could make decent money on and might even be holding it in two year's time. I've had good success trebling my money and more with companies like Vectura and BTG and wonder if this could be a new super one.

I don't know yet, but I'm going to try and hold for a while ignoring volatility and see how it plays out.

I like the look of LOOK! Lookers, the car seller. All car sellers are putting out very strong sales and Lookers sales are accelerating away 

I wonder whether there is some more upside here to nearer the 200p level before the brakes come onto the share price.

Profits are way up, and the dividend is up nicely too. The last statement was bullish and I wonder about those getting hold of their pension pots heading off to their local Lookers to get a new (or used) car!

All in all looks a good one for now and I am in the driving seat for more

I also like the look of Impellam (LON:IPEL) and bought a few for the ISA. 

Profits are booming at IPEL and the share price has too.

However even after recent rises it looks cheap and I'm after a further re-rating to somewhere near the tenner mark. Net debt is low too at 15m, forecasts are bullish and directors have been buying near the higher price. 

Might take a bit of patience but suddenly one day this one could really push a lot higher.

I've taken up my rights in Optimal Payment so I'll add at the rights price of 166 which gives the website a new lot of shares (5,000). 

I've topped up in one I've already made nearly 100 points on - Energy Assets (EAS).

And I topped up on John Laing (JLG) which has turned out to be a fantastic new issue. 

Renew (LON:RNWH) also was just asking for a top up after a fall so I did! Lots of good profit in that one.

Well, it's now clear why the Tep share price had gone down this year - profits are going to be about 8-9m less than expected due in part to gas theft.

If that can come under control, then growth could be resumed - the dividend is to be pushed up a lot, and at 5% plus, that looks very nice and for the time being I'll consider it my income stock. I bought a few new ones on the day of the announcement.

Directors put out a statement saying they thought the share price fall back was well overdone and put their money where their mouths are and bought an absolute ton of shares, over a million quids worth. I would think a slow ride back to a tenner is likely and in the meantime there is a massive payout coming. The shares now look cheap and the dividend will certainly support the share price. 

DIA:  statement was a bit disappointing, however I had already reached my target and more and decided to bank my profits, making a profit of £726. Future could still be bright though and I'm already thinking of buying them back as at under 700 they have a lot of potential.

I had a great run with Hunting and after a very big rise, way above my expectations I sold taking a nice profit of £1,753.

I never really expected it to rise so much so fast, sometimes the market surprises you in a nice way! This was a pretty easy one to take profit on.

To me share dealing is just a business and I don't get emotional about it - I know sometimes something won't work out and I'll have to take a big loss. Doesn't matter, a business expense. As long as you don't hold too much of anything a couple of stinkers is fine. 

It's just when you buy something because a company said something then three months later they say the opposite then I get annoyed!

But Shoezone (LON:SHOE) in January said despite the warm weather so far they were trading in line with expectations! Three months of cold weather later they said the opposite - they HAD affected profits! Frankly I feel mugged - I bought some on the in line statement which turns out to be cobblers.

It's tempting to buy a pair of their boots and then stick one somewhere painful into whoever writes the statements. And really annoying is there were no revised profit figure to work off to try and value it. How are we expected to make a decision?   In fact I was lucky as I had been considering buying some more and lucky for me level 2 had put me off. 

Anyway I got out of some first thing and then stupidly went  to get some tea and by the time I got back the price had gone down another 15p. So I even played getting out badly. Anyway the result for the site is a loss of £912 .

However today I see house brokers reckon profits will be £10m. With that and its cash surprisingly I am pondering buying Shoe back this afternoon or tomorrow as if those figures are right then the current price looks cheap and it could head back up to the 220 level giving some nice upside from here.

Polypipe (LON:PLP) has been sitting there for a long time and actually I'd forgotten about it but it came up on a screen at the seminar. Having a good look at it the day after although statements were very good the share can't get above 180. So I took profits just below - so profits for the site on that are £602.  I'd be interested in buying this one back lower if possible. 

Pets at Home (LON:PETS) came up with a decent statement - it looks like a superb long-term investment. But I did sell a few before results day as I thought even with good results the share might fall back on results day.

Actually I got that wrong, they didn't much! Anyway I had some rather large spreadbets on it as those of you who came to the seminar saw and in real life I've made more than £15,000 on them so live on the day I did sell some, in particular some of the spreadbets.

For web purposes half are sold to bank a profit of  £1,228. However firmly hanging onto the rest and may consider re-buying ones I sold on any weakness as 300 looks possible.

So taking all web losses and profits into account and taking the losses off the profits that's a total profit of £3,397.  

Carclo (LON:CAR) announced a licensing agreement for CIT, the market liked that and the share price is heading higher again.

Telford Homes put out a great report nothing like "ahead of expectations" is there? Despite the big rise I've had in it so far this company looks very well run and so unless there is a massive downturn going to stick with it. 

Oh my goodness, a spectacular rise for Xeros Tech for me today after it announced signing up 61 channel partners for its polymer bead cleaning business. 

There's a big water shortage in California and with its system needing very little water there are going to be a lot of sign ups. All the big hotels have signed up. Could this be a giant in the making? I'm already up nearly £50,000 on these personally with a £7,000 profit for the site. I would expect a lot of volatility as they are hard to value and possibly a fund raising but if it carries on like this could it be a multibagger eventually?

Iomart has gone up nicely. The beauty of it is that Iomart shares aren't worth much less than they are now, so one can hold happily. What we are waiting for is another bid to come in, I suspect next time 300p will be enough.

It's one of those shares to put away, forget about and then one morning when you least expect it a bid announcement appears and you've gained 40% overnight. I'm waiting patiently....

The lovely GB Group put out a great statement with profits ahead of expectations - it rose nicely this week after that and looks like a bid target.

Spire's shareholder dumped again in the late 300s causing it to come back (same as last time!) If history works out again it should head back up to 380!  

Good old Dignity continues well and is now trying to stay above the 2000 mark. Already doubled on these and over the years no surprise if it doubled again, there's a lot of money in death!

Looking forward to some big dividend payments from GVC and 888.

Caretech (LON:CTH) has flown up and gone past the 240 mark  now. 

32 Red (LON:TTR) continues its strong run up. Elsewhere Sprue Aegis (LON:SPRP) hangs onto gains.  Keeps rising - it seems to stay put for a while then put on 15p which is fine by me!     Entertainment One has had a great week, and trying to conquer the 310-320 area.    a beautiful long-term winner.  

I still have the spreadbet in British Airways or consolidated something or other whatever they're called now and see I am more than 2 grand up. I only bought them as a short-term play on the ebola fears being overdone but as they seem strong I might as well turn it into a longer-term thing!

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