We've highlighted opportunities for everyone during July.
Although the market has moved sideways this month, there's been no shortage of investment ideas published by your favourite investment website. So we've decided to round-up a selection for you to consider, just in case you missed the articles first time around. The shares in question range from well-known large-caps down to an obscure Canadian mining outfit.
We hope all the ideas prove rewarding during August... and beyond!
1. Shares you'd never sell
What better investment ideas could you ask for than shares you'd never sell? David Holding asked that very question this month and discovered Fool readers went for blue chips such as British American Tobacco (LSE: BATS) and Diageo (LSE: DGE), alongside Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B.US). There were plenty of other suggestions, too.
2. All-star dividend choices
Still on the large-cap theme, Maynard Paton unearthed the most popular shares within the portfolios of nine expert income investors. Topping Maynard's 14-name list were Vodafone (LSE: VOD), GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) and Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB). He reckoned anyone buying all fourteen could earn themselves a nice 4.7% income.
3. Blue chips with P/Es of 7 or less
Back to David Holding now and a trawl of the FTSE 100 index for low P/Es. Shares uncovered by his digging included Aviva (LSE: AV), BP (LSE: BP) and AstraZeneca (LSE: AZN). On the latter, David saw the so-called 'patent cliff' more as an opportunity to buy a cheap, low-rated share, than a threat.
4. Going strong since 1909
Malcolm Wheatley liked the cheap cost, diversified nature and global remit of Scottish Mortgage (LSE: SMT), an investment trust established way back in 1909. Malcolm revealed Scottish Mortgage is a top performer among global growth trusts, and had lifted its dividend by more than inflation for 29 years in a row!
5. Sky buy
British Sky Broadcasting (LSE: BSY) caught the attention of Tony Reading after Rupert Murdoch dropped his bid and the shares fell by 20%. Tony believed Sky's market-leading position, dependable subscription revenue and prodigious cash flow still made for an attractive business and the shares were "a good long-term buy".
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6. Lagging the rally
Both Alan Oscroft and Maynard Paton looked favourable at Capita (LSE: CPI) during July. Alan felt the outsourcing specialist was "a well-run, shareholder-focused company, looking to the long term" while Maynard noted the FTSE share now traded at a valuation cheaper than seen at the banking-crash low.
7. Shipping forecast
On to small-caps now and David Holding's third appearance in this top ten. Braemar Shipping Services (LSE: BMS) caught his eye this month after he calculated the shipping broker was essentially valued at 7 times possible earnings and yielded more than 5%. Other attractions included cash in the bank, no debt and a successful track record.
8. Indian blockbuster
The potential of the Bollywood film industry appealed to Tony Reading -- apparently 3.2 billion cinema tickets are sold in India every year and the country's media sector is growing at 10% per annum. Tony pinpointed Eros International (LSE: EROS) and compared its string of box-office hits with a lowly P/E of 10.
9. Bonus tips
Maynard Paton applied an unusual method of locating potential big winners during July. Events at the old Cable & Wireless taught him how executive bonus plans can generate substantial returns, and a tour of the market found promising schemes at Sinclair IS Pharma (LSE: SPH), Liontrust Asset Management (LSE: LIO) and Puricore (LSE: PURI).
10. Punt of the month
Finally, July's 'punt of the month' comes from Tony Luckett -- a big fan of Canada and its wide range of mining shares. Among his holdings is Aberdeen International, a Canadian company that invests in a basket of miners and whose £50m-or-so market cap is 40% below its last reported net asset value. Tony admitted the stock was not for the proverbial widows and orphans!
We hope you liked this round-up of share ideas from July. As always, don't buy blindly, but instead use the articles as starting points for your own further research.
We'll be back this time next month for another round-up of our favourite investment ideas!
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