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

What the experts have to say about Unilever, William Hill and more.

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Last updated:18 March 2018 - 06.12pm

Top shares the experts are trading this week.

1. Unilever – BUY

Symbol: ULVR.L

Index: FTSE 100

Unilever share price (Image: Google)

The group confirmed Netherlands would be its legal base as the Dutch shares account for more than half of its share capital but insisted Brexit hadn’t played a part in its decision.

The company, which will retain its London and New York listings, is also reforming its operations into three divisions: beauty and personal care, homecare, and foods and refreshment.

Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, said: “It is well managed with a diverse portfolio of global brands and a healthy dividend.”

2. William Hill – SELL

Symbol: WMH.L

Index: FTSE 250

William Hill share price (Image: Google)

The gambling operator is working hard to expand its promising foothold in the US ahead of a possible opening of the market for sports betting.

Ivor Jones, an analyst at Peel Hunt, expects to know by June about the US Supreme Court’s view on sports betting and the UK Government’s plans for gaming machines.

“It will be a long time before clarity emerges on either,” he said.

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3. JD Wetherspoon – HOLD

Symbol: JDW.L

Index: FTSE 250

JD Wetherspoon share price (Image: Google)

The pub chain, which often provides over-cautious guidance, has seen sales helped by investment in breakfast, beer gardens and accommodation.

Douglas Jack, an analyst at Peel Hunt, believes the company’s rating is at a material premium to its freehold peers but pointed out it had a habit of beating expectations.

“Due to December drink price increases and greater than expected trading down from restaurants, we are moving from Reduce to Hold,” he said.

4. McBride – BUY

Symbol: MCB.L

Index: FTSE All-Share

McBride share price (Image: Google)

A leading manufacturer of household and personal care goods, the company has scooped £55 million of new business in Germany from a competitor that’s filed for insolvency.

Wayne Brown, an analyst at Liberum, believes McBride appears undervalued given the strong growth and substantial margin opportunity.

“McBride has super-charged its growth profile, having won new business as competitors struggle,” he said.

5. Antofagasta – HOLD

Symbol: ANTO.L

Index: FTSE 100

Angofasta share price (Image: Google)

Results from the Chilean copper mining group reflected the rise in the copper price over the last year, as well as cost controls, which pushed the group’s margin higher to 54%.

This is the highest level since 2012 when the copper price was 30% higher according to its Chief Executive Iván Arriagada.

Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, said: “The group has potential for growth but declining grades of ore at some of the key mines will hold back production so we recommend it as a ‘hold’ for growth-seeking investors.”

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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