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Understanding Company News: How to interpret stock market announcements by [Rodney, Hobson]
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There's a welter of information freely available on all the companies quoted on the London Stock Exchange. Some investors don't bother to look for it; some feel their eyes glazing over before they commit it to the dustbin; others get bogged down in petty detail.

Understanding Company News tells you what to look for and where to look. It tells you when information is released and how to spot it. It tells you what kind of information is useful and how to use the facts that are put before you, sifting out the verbiage from the gold nuggets. It explains what companies are obliged to tell their shareholders and what they try to obscure.

You learn to disregard the meaningless phrases that directors pour out and to grasp instead the hidden messages, especially the warning signs.

Above all, the book is packed with real examples of announcements released by companies, each carefully explained. These are grouped to illustrate the different types of statements that every company issues.

Understanding Company News follows on naturally from my first book, Shares Made Simple. Once you understand what stock market investing is all about you are ready to give yourself the edge over uninformed investors.

However, the book is not just for private investors. It is an essential tool for those aspiring to a career in the City including stockbroking, public relations and auditing.

About the Author

Rodney Hobson is an experienced financial journalist who has held senior editorial positions with publications in the UK and Asia, most recently as Editor of Hemscott, the financial news and information website. Among posts he has held are News Editor for the Business section of The Times, Business Editor of the Singapore Monitor, Deputy Business Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, Head of News at Citywire and Editor of Shares magazine. He has also contributed to the Daily Mail, the Independent and Business Franchise Magazine. He is registered as a Representative with the Financial Services Authority. Rodney is married with one daughter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1620 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Harriman House (1 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UR2K1Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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This is a great book to help you navigate through the jungle of company announcements and results reporting. We've all seen it happen - the bullish updates on trading which are just as swiftly followed by a plummeting share price as reality kicks in.

Rodney Hobson's excellent guide will help you penetrate the spin which nearly every company tries to put on its performance, and to judge for yourself whether they're being truthful or not.

The author is particularly good at highlighting those bland generalisations which pepper company statements and which are intended to inspire confidence (the company is `well positioned', or has a `strong operational platform' for instance - all mostly meaningless).

He applies a healthy scepticism to a series of actual company announcements throughout the book. These analyses are particularly illuminating (for example, on the troubled building group Wolseley who had announced that they were `evaluating all their options'. Surely you would expect any competent board to be evaluating all their options, says Hobson, so it says nothing. Ditto the chocolate maker Thornton's, who highlighted `putting customers at the forefont' - businesses ought to be doing this automatically, he says, so why do they need to say it?).

On the financial side the book also encourages you to delve deeper and look beyond the bare figures provided, and gives some good advice on how to do this. It also explains the regulations around routine statements and how other important announcements (such as profit warnings and directors' dealings) will impact company shares. Well worth the cover price.
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No book has given me more cause for thought than this one. How the market reply's to news is something of an enigma to me, news that you would regard as good and the market tanks, news that you regard as benign and the market rallies.

What in God's name is going on?

Rodney gives translations to the market announcements, giving translations that you just wouldn't have thought of. He gives examples of things to look for when their trying to bury bad news, and also when their trying to calm the markets nerves. This is a very subjective subject, but for the fundamentalist it's a must. This book is only the beginning, only experience can teach you, but this book is an excellent start.
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Well worth reading,it taught me to understand another facet of the stock market and what to consider when dealing in stocks and shares.
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This book may very well be helpful to serious investors getting ready to carry out in-depth research. It's thorough and written in plain English. But my goodness, it's boring.
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