Monthly Archives: August 2017

Arch Linux vs Slackware vs Others

Slackware was the first distro I installed, from a book, in the early 90’s, when I was studying for my PhD. In the latter half of the 90’s I had installed Redhat. For everyday use, I use Windows, because things … Continue reading

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Follow-up on HSBA and CPR

Having being 100% right on my last post, I now find myself being 100% wrong. I am reminded of the joke about the scientist: “Our new drug showed an efficacious effect on one third of our chicken test subjects, little … Continue reading

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A simple BASIC interpreter in C++

Writing an interpreter is something every programmer wants to have a go at at some point. I wanted to see if I could write a recursive-descent interpreter for the BASIC programming language using modern C++. There is some malice afore-thought, … Continue reading

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CLLN – now what?

Mr. Market has been in a real punishing mood lately, and has not been afraid of clobbering even the largest companies. Scanning Hargreaves Lansdown’s Biggest Fallers list, I see that construction and engineering company CLLN (Carillion) is down 13.6% to … Continue reading

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ALY – Laura Ashley – it figures

Well, well, well. I see that speciality retailer ALY (Laura Ashley) has scrapped its dividend. It issued its final report today, sending the shares down 6.1% to 8.2p. I see that Stockopedia reports its dividend yield as 17.2%, an overwhelming … Continue reading

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WPP drops 12% on interims

Media and publishing company WPP dropped 12% to 1408p on the release of its interims. The company reports all sorts of numbers, which I’m too lazy to analyse. The market has spoken in any case. The chart is quite ragged, … Continue reading

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PFG – Provident Financial – dives 67%

Banking services company PFG (Provident Financial) dived 67% today to 571p after releasing a trading statement earlier today. So something obviously went wrong. Stockopedia gives its dividend yield as 8.2%: a near-certain sign that the dividend is vulnerable. Sure enough, … Continue reading

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Follow-up on IRV and TCG

Six months ago I said I would follow up on predictions I made about the future share price of two companies: IRV (Interserve) and TCG (Thomas Cook). I am pleased to report that both predictions had been proven correct. IRV: … Continue reading

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Magic Hat – FXPO in, IBST out

The MHP (Magic Hat Portfolio) on Stockopedia (http://www.stockopedia.com/fantasy-funds/magic-hat-463/) is an experiment by me to see if a human can improve on a mechanical Greeblatt Magic Formula screen. I am trying to weed out “mistakes” that I feel the screening commits: … Continue reading

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SDL drops 22% on H1 report

Shares in Software & IT Services company SDL dropped 22% to 497p, as of writing, on the back of its half-year report. They reported total revenue up 5.5%, whilst adjusted earnings per share dropped 65%. I see that their report … Continue reading

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