Monthly Archives: December 2014

$HYH – Halyard Health – a look back at the spin-off

$HYH represents my first foray into spin-offs. It seems very much a case of beginners luck. I bought in earlier this month at $38.92, and I have been more than pleasantly surprised that its recent price is $44.30. I did … Continue reading

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 34,000 times in 2014. If it were a … Continue reading

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Random punt: RBS in share competition

El1teTrader is running a 2015 Share Competition, so I thought it would be fun to publicise it and make my own entry. For the Nicky Fraser Share Competition last year I chose LMI (Lonmin). What an atrocious choice that turned … Continue reading

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$THT.L – Thorntons – Trading statement

THT (Thorntons) issued its trading statement today, stating: Thorntons announces that its UK Commercial channel within its FMCG division has faced challenges which have adversely affected its sales performance in the run up to Christmas. Meanwhile, the Retail division is … Continue reading

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Sorting stochastically

Abstract I thought it would be fun to see if “monte carlo” methods could be applied to sorting algorithms. I outline two algorithms that I think are quite promising at improving the sorting time. http://pdf.markcarter.me.uk/rndsort.html

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Fortran vs Numpy vs Julia, and HDF5

My background is as follows: * I used Fortran for my PhD. Typical programs were about 100 lines long (but they were difficult lines!), and haven’t touched it much since then * Extensive Python experience, and I’ve recently tried to … Continue reading

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The Footsie versus the midcaps and AIM

Abstract In this notebook, I take a look at the relationships between the returns on the Footsie, and those for the midcaps and the AIM over the last decade. I found that there is a strong correlation between the Footsie … Continue reading

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