German chemical company Lanxess on an acquisition spree

Lanxess (LXS.F) is a German producer of chemical intermediates, additives, speciality chemicals and plastics. Over the last few months, they have signed agreements to acquire two more chemical companies and are in negotiations for a third. Among these acquisitions are two French disinfectant manufacturers: Intace, who specialise in fungicides and biocides for use in the consumer goods packaging industry (signed 14/01/21) and Theseo, a producer of livestock disinfectant products (expected to sign by mid-year). Both of these acquisitions come as Lanxess aims to expand its position as a global leader in biocide and antimicrobial manufacturing. 

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By |2021-02-20T00:00:42+05:30Saturday, February 20, 2021|Categories: Ahead|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Mining company Centamin may benefit from fear of inflation

Centamin (CEY.L) is a mid-cap gold mining company listed on the FTSE 250 that primarily operates from the Sukari gold mine in East Egypt but also has other prospective operations across North Africa. Their share price experienced strong growth from the onset of the global pandemic last March until around October last year as gold prices increased. After this, they saw a tumble as gold prices began to fall again due to vaccine programmes starting to be announced across the world.

Centamin stock is currently trading at less than half of its 52-week high, they have […]

By |2021-02-19T01:21:56+05:30Friday, February 19, 2021|Categories: Ahead|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Is now the time to invest in Rolls-Royce?

The last 12 months have understandably been tough for many industries. With travel restrictions imposed by the global pandemic stopping most air travel, the entire aerospace sector has been one of the worst-hit. One of the more high profile cases in the downturn of aerospace is UK based Rolls-Royce (RR.L). As one of the two major aircraft engine manufacturers, Rolls-Royce has struggled over the last year. They generate a significant portion of their revenue by charging airlines for flying time of planes using their engines. This stream has expectedly dried up as the travel restrictions […]

By |2021-02-18T01:25:33+05:30Thursday, February 18, 2021|Categories: Ahead|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Flooring supplier Headlam could benefit from home improvement trend

Headlam (HEAD.L) are a Birmingham based flooring supplier who operate in the UK, France, Switzerland and Netherlands. They are the largest floor covering distributor in the UK, supplying recognisable names such as ScS and B&Q as well as smaller independent retailers and individual contractors. 

Lockdown as a whole generally benefitted the home improvement industry as people were forced to spend more time at home. This was not the case for Headlam, as flooring is normally too large a job for most DIYers and general consumers to undertake themselves. This could be set to change. […]

By |2021-02-16T23:17:26+05:30Tuesday, February 16, 2021|Categories: Ahead|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Toyota to launch its first full-electric vehicle

Toyota (TYT.L), as the new largest vehicle manufacturer in the world, has been strangely quiet in the electric vehicle (EV) market. They are one of the most established names in the hybrid market, manufacturing some of the most popular hybrid models globally, including the Prius. However, they have not yet mass-produced a bespoke battery electric vehicle (BEV) for markets outside of China.

A few days ago, Toyota announced their first two US BEVs, releasing 2022. These new vehicles may mark a decided change in Toyota’s long term strategy, shifting away from their position backing hybrid and […]

By |2021-02-16T01:47:35+05:30Tuesday, February 16, 2021|Categories: Ahead|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Continued PS5 and Xbox shortages suggest strong growth for supplier Micron

November 2020 saw the arrival of the heavily anticipated new generation of high-performance video games consoles from the two biggest names in the industry; Sony and Microsoft. However, at launch, it was apparent that demand far outstripped supply with shortages at almost all major retailers globally, and some reports claiming they could last until the end of the year. These shortages are partly due to the current scarcity of computer chips well reported in major publications. 

Much of the coverage on the chip shortage has referred to its effect on the automotive industry with chipmakers shifting resources […]

By |2021-02-13T00:19:18+05:30Saturday, February 13, 2021|Categories: Ahead|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments
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