Here’s our weekly round-up of how the experts view the shares in the news this week.

1. Barclays – HOLD

Symbol: BARC.L

Index: FTSE 100

Barclays share price graph (Image: Google Finance)

It’s been a tough week with revelations that the Serious Fraud Office is charging the bank and four former executives with fraud relating to a capital raising back in 2008.

The news, which caused its share price to fall, is the latest problem the bank has faced, according to Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre

“It’s making some headway in restructuring but interest rates are still low and likely to stay low for a while so net interest margin unlikely to see material pickup,” he said.

2. Whitbread – HOLD

Symbol: WTB.L

Index: FTSE 100

Whitbred share price graph (Image: Google Finance)

The owner of brands such as Premier Inn and Costa Coffee has said the group’s first quarter sales rose by 7.6% up 2.9% on a like-for-like basis.

Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, believes investors should be reassured it remains on a solid growth path after the disappointing full year results.

“We continue to recommend Whitbread as a hold for medium risk investors seeking a balanced return,” he said.

3. Berkeley Group – BUY

Symbol: BKG

Index: FTSE 250

Berkeley Group share price graph (Image: Google Finance)

The housebuilder has pleased the market with stronger than expected full year results with a 33% rise in revenue to £2.72 billion and operating profits up 50% at £756 million.

Clyde Lewis, an analyst at Peel Hunt, is optimistic despite concerns about the macro and political environment likely to remain, particularly in London.

“We continue to believe the impressive land bank contains plenty of unrecognized value in a market that remains severely undersupplied,” he said.

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4. Saga – BUY

Symbol: SAGA.L

Index: FTSE 250

Saga share price graph (Image: Google Finance)

The company, which offers an array of products and services for those aged over 50, reported a 5.6% increase in underlying profit to £187.4 million.

Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, is upbeat about the business and recommends it as a buy for investors willing to accept a medium level of risk.

“The potential for the group to continue to benefit from the increasingly important over 50s market, and its brand name, will hopefully lead to some steady long-term growth,” he said.

5. McColl’s Retail Group – BU

Symbol: MCLS.L

Index: FTSE SmallCap

McColls Retail Group share price graph (Image: Google Finance)

You may not be familiar with the name but this company has 1,380 convenience stores across England, Scotland and Wales.

The business, which trades under names such as McColl’s, Martin’s and RS McColl, is fundamentally cheap, according to Peel Hunt analyst Jonathan Pritchard.

“The convenience sector is hot right now,” he said. “That is down to the changing habits of food shoppers and the importance of services that can be conducted from smaller retail outlets.”

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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