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WH Smith Share Discussion Threads
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|Solid set of interims. Concerns would be that 50% of the increase in Overseas travel revenue was currency related although to be fair LFL was higher too, the statements regarding Funky Pigeon are vague and woolly and the cash conversion was lower leading to a small net debt position. Nothing to be too concerned about but you get the impression that maintaining that high single digit EPS growth is getting harder. How long can volumes on the high street continue falling by 2% - 4%? Based on the RSI graphs above we may be in for a short term pull back|
|A little disappointed that the Barclays mandate to carry on repurchasing stock is limited to £5m which between now and 25th January is a considerable reduction in activity from the 40k a day run rate at the end of November|
|In the month of November I make it they have bought back c. 653k shares at a cost of around £9.8m so nearly 20% of the annual commitment. Also the daily volume went from 16k to 35k and then 40k in the last two days. They clearly feel that this £15 level will not be around long|
|" The 224-year-old group said growth at its High Street business was driven by the recent trend towards 'colour therapy', including colouring books for adults.
The 'colour therapy' trend is picking up in the UK as more and more customers look to de-stress and spend time away from their mobile phones and tablet screens."
|Good Xmas figures out today. Retailers have been battered really badly recently, especially here. Should see a good bounce today.|
|Fantastic write up IC... much appreciated.
Quite shocked how little forum interest there is in this company considering it is now a case study in financial management for the whole retail industry.
Brilliantly managed business.|
|Be aware my enemies in The British Government are going to manipulate this share:
I set up a short at 1370 for understandable reasons. Let's see if the people who are manipulating against me manage to take it just past my stop loss to about 14xx and then it go down the pan to about £2!
You have all been warned/advised! Manipulation from my enemies in the British Government. You will think "was this a coincidence" when it happens and no it isn't.|
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|Short but as it is one of the most shorted listed companies I expect there are a lot of shorters out there waiting for the fall. But like you said the charts are telling a different story, but once it turns it will be quick.
If only i could find a way of shorting Herbalife....|
|On paper this looks like a cracking short at the current price, trading between £13.50 and £13.60 intraday however the price just seems to want to head north with the price surging over the last few months.
Fundamentally why would you buy shares in W H Smith at the current price ? It is in the main a declining business yet people are still buying shares at these levels, it amazes me.
I will keep this on my watchlist with the intention of going short as I feel once a downtrend sets in it could be sustained.
Is anyone else short or considering opening a position ?
|Sold out at just under £13 because I wanted the funds for something else (more Pace shares). Still like the WH Smith potential though and will keep watching with a view to buying back on a dip when funds allow.|
|What are all those shorts thinking now?|
|Cracking bounce off c. £10. Kicking myself for not buying more at that level.|
|The chart seems to dictate that the Key support will come in near 1000p.
|Profit up and revenue down for another year (that's at least 6 years on the trot like this I think). Free cash flow up, dividend up, good news on the pension deficit, plans for more cost savings, further share buyback.
What's not to like?|
|I bought a few pretty much at the peak mainly as a punt on a short-squeeze at some point. Not particularly exciting shopping there, although the kids like it, but it seems to be well run and I can't help feeling there's potential to find a way to return to high street revenue growth.|
|Can't fathom why it is such a great short, eps and divi just keep rising, pumping out cash, buying back shares and any surprise likely to be on the upside with the high street stabilising and travel growing.
I don't currently own any but am watching for any weakness|
|No-one interested in talking about WH Smith? Amazing how the shorts stay put, the revenue keeps falling and the profits keep growing. What will happen if the market starts to think that revenue can rise as travel becomes an ever-bigger share of the business? Today's TU shows they're confident they can meet expectations for this year with "good performance" from both travel and high street, so steady as she goes for now.|
|Can any explain what's going on with the jp Morgan share announcement?|
|Declining Forecast Numbers
PEG 1.2 to 2.4
REV -4.60% to -2.70%
PBT 5.90% to 3.70%
EPS 10.40% to 6.10%
Looks like the growth just evaporated|
|This is the most shorted stock in Europe before earnings|
|From City Wire.......
WH Smith to benefit from high street progress
Improvements on the high street and in travel will benefit WH Smith (SMWH.L) according to Investec, which has increased its target price for the stock from £12.00 to £14.00.
Analyst Kate Calvert reiterated Investec's 'buy' recommendation on anticipation of strong first half results for the newsagent and further indication of franchising plans. She said she was also expecting more detail from management on its personalised card business Funkypigeon.com.
'We expect management to say more on WH Smith newsagent franchising and potentially on Funkypigeon, which could be a hidden gem if the Photobox (owners of Moonpig) valuation being talked about in the press is anything to go by,' she said.
Calvert expects profits for the first half of the year before tax to fall slightly due to pension commitments with second half profits becoming stronger following 'steady progress' from the high street and as travel continues its cyclical recovery|
|This is one stock that has puzzled me since July when I thought it was over priced at around 800p. Technically alone it's a good LONG but, goodness, I have have doubts with this one with the fundaments.
The other one, by the way, which baffles me even for for the same reasons is OCADO.
Anyway, I am keeping away from this one until I am happier with what it does.|