Top shares the experts are trading this week.

1. Burberry Group – HOLD

Symbol: BRBY.L

Index: FTSE 100

Burberry share price (Image: google)

The luxury clothing retailer could benefit from improving global conditions – as well as managerial changes in the business.

New CEO Marco Gobbetti ditched plans for a new factory and wants increased productivity from current floor space, according to Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre.

“While conditions in the luxury sector have improved lately, the uncertain outlook for China is still concerning and it is the key reason we have a hold recommendation on the stock,” he said.

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2. Merlin Entertainments – BUY

Symbol: MERL.L

Index: FTSE 100

Merlin share price (Image: Google)

The theme park giant, which runs Chessington and Alton Towers, has admitted summer trading was difficult after strong early momentum.

Ivor Jones, an analyst at Peel Hunt, believes positives include Legoland New York, which is materially funded by Merlin’s own capital and due to open in 2020.

“The key attraction of this experiential leisure business is the opportunity to invest capital globally,” he said.

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3. Reckitt Benckiser – BUY

Symbol: RB.L

Index: FTSE 100

Reckitt share price (Image: Google)

The owner of brands such as Nurofen, Dettol and Vanish has delivered its second disappointing trading update of the year.

Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, pointed out like-for-like sales for the third quarter fell 1% - instead of the expected 0.7% rise.

“We continue with our ‘Buy’ recommendation due to the longer-term growth potential, especially from the group’s increased penetration into the emerging markets where significant growth opportunities remain,” he said.

4. Travis Perkins – HOLD

Symbol: TPK.L

Index: FTSE 100

Travis Perkins share price (Image: Google)

The UK’s largest builders’ merchants have reported growing sales during the third quarter which has largely been attributed to passing on forex and commodity-led changes.

Clyde Lewis, an analyst at Peel Hunt, said total sales in the year to date were ahead by 3.4% and the group was continuing to make investments to enhance the customer proposition.

“Management is cautious on the market outlook but the group remains on track to meet full-year expectations, so no changes to our forecasts,” he said.


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5. Cambian Group – BUY

Symbol: CMBN.L

Index: FTSE All-Share

Cambian share price (Image: Google)

It’s one of the UK’s largest providers of specialist education and behavioural health services for children – and could have the opportunity to expand.

Graham Doyle, an analyst at Liberium, points out that most of the company’s competitors are small operations, which may look to exit due to the rising regulatory burden.

“It has stayed out of the M&A market since 2015 but we expect it to deploy capital here from next year given the opportunities available,” he said.

“We believe bolt-on M&A is a sensible way for Cambian to grow.”


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