This week's expert share tips: should you buy, sell or hold?

What the experts have to say about Kingfisher, Ted Baker and more.

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Last updated: 23 March 2018 - 6.18pm

Top shares the experts are trading this week.

1. Kingfisher – HOLD

Symbol: KGF.L

Index: FTSE 100

Kingfisher share price (Image: Google)

This DIY company’s share price has struggled to make headway for five years due to increasing competition and poor wage growth.

It means investors won’t be surprised by another share price fall on the back of full-year results, according to Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre.

“The numbers were a mixed bag with profits falling but sales rising,” he said. “However, a consistently poor performance at its French business and signs of weakness from B&Q sales mean the shares are no better than a ‘hold’.”

2. John Laing Group – BUY

Symbol: JLG.L

Index: FTSE 250

John Laing share price (Image: Google)

The company has just announced it’s agreed to sell its 15% stake in the Intercity Express Programme Phase 1 to AXA.

Andrew Shepherd-Barron, an analyst at Peel Hunt, believes the sale adds value and credibility, even as it reduces UK exposure.

“With a £2.1 billion bid pipeline, teams and partners in place, and £430 million more to spend than a week ago, this year should be exciting,” he said.

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3. Enquest – BUY

Symbol: ENQ.L

Index: FTSE All-Share

Enquest share price (Image: Google)

Shares in the North Sea-focused oil and gas producer jumped this week despite disappointing full-year results posted by the group.

Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, said investors were taking confidence from the fact that unit operating costs fell during the period.

“We believe this is a company that will deliver in the longer term,” he said. “It is worth noting that it is geared to the oil price and rising production from Kraken field.”

4. Ted Baker – HOLD

Symbol: TED.L

Index: FTSE 250

Ted Baker share price (Image: Google)

The clothing retailer has delivered 12% profit growth, despite a fairly challenging market backdrop.

John Stevenson, an analyst at Peel Hunt, said there were relatively few retailers that were offering double double-digit.

“Ted continues to offer an attractive and sustainable global growth opportunity and represents a core sector holding,” he added.

5. Kier Group – BUY

Symbol: KIE.L

Index: FTSE 250

Kier Group share price (Image: Google)

The UK-focused construction and support services company suffered a softer-than-expected first half with cash flow week.

However, Joe Brent, an analyst at Liberum, pointed out that the market had been in an unforgiving mood as the bad cash flow was due to paying creditors quickly.

“We expect capex to fall and no more exceptionals,” he said.

“This would be a catalyst for a re-rating,”

The information included in this article does not constitute regulated financial advice. You should seek out independent, professional financial advice before making an investment decision.

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