Top shares the experts are trading this week.

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1. Rio Tinto – BUY

Symbol: RIO.L

Index: FTSE 100

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The global mining group employs 50,000 people in 35 countries and supplies metals and minerals such as aluminium, copper, diamonds, gold, industrial minerals and iron ore.

Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, is pleased with the latest data, including its shipping of 90 million tonnes of iron ore in the fourth quarter.

“The international mining company reported encouraging production figures which were in line with expectations,” he said. 

2. Pearson – SELL

Symbol: PSON.L

Index: FTSE 100

Pearson share price (Image: Google)

The global learning company is expected to have a tough 2018 – particularly within the US Higher Education market.

Problems include the cost of textbooks being too high with cheaper alternatives emerging, according to Ian Whittaker, an analyst at Liberum.

“We expect Pearson to disappoint the market on 2018 guidance, which it will give at either the trading update or full-year results,” he said.

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3. Dunelm – HOLD

Symbol: DNLM.L

Index: FTSE 250

Dunelm share price (Image: Google)

The retailer has announced 3.4% like-for-like sales growth for the second quarter – reflecting online outperformance and an increase from store only, which is rare for the sector.

John Stevenson, an analyst at Peel Hunt, said it was a solid statement with the online business helped by the Worldstores acquisition.

“In order to become more positive, we need to become more confident in the direction of performance and full year profit expectations,” he added.

4. ITV – BUY

Symbol: ITV.L

Index: FTSE 100

ITV share price (Image: Google)

The broadcaster creates, owns and distributes content on multiple platforms – and has a dominant position in the UK TV advertising market.

According to Ian Whittaker, an analyst at Liberum, the audience share for the main ITV1 channel continues to increase, while he sees the business as a potential mergers and aquisitions (M&A) target.

“Growth in high margin online and pay-TV revenues provides a margin boost,” he added. “We are positive on free-to-air broadcasters – structurally the safest space in media.”

5. NEXT – HOLD

Symbol: NXT.L

Index: FTSE 100

Next share price (Image: Google)

The retail chain, which was launched back in February 1982, trades from more than 500 stores in the UK and Eire, as well as a further 200 in 40 countries around the world.

Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, is pleased with the company’s recent figures but has long-term concerns about retailing.

“One of the few general retailers to report a good Christmas trading update but sector pressures remain,” he said.

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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