of Crest Nicholson, the Sunday Times's Danny Fortson said. The housebuilder will announce a small annual dividend with its results on January 28th - the first payout since its restructuring and return to the stock market. Boss Stephen Stone is also likely to say Crest has hit its target of 2,500 homes a year early, Fortson wrote in his Inside the City column. The shares have risen 35p to 355p since they floated last year, closing some of the valuation gap with rivals such as Bovis Homes, but house broker Barclays has set a target price of 422p.
Ben van Beurden's recent profit warning at Royal Dutch Shell was a warm-up for annual results on January 30th, Danny Fortson said in the Sunday Times. Shell's new boss is expected to announce billions of dollars in write-offs with his first set of full-year numbers. Shell is cumbersome and does not respond to shareholders' wishes. If van Beurden plans to overhaul the business in the same way he did the chemicals division, he has his work cut out, Fortson said.
Buy shares of LiDCO, the medical device company, Midas said in the Mail on Sunday. LiDCO has developed a way to reduce the side effects of anaesthetics so that patients can recover faster from operations. Its bedside monitors have won the support of senior medical figures, regulators and politicians and the shares should gain considerably in the next year and further out. Its financial year ends on January 31st and an upbeat trading statement is expected in February. The group has made losses so far but analysts expect a profit for this year.
Midas in the Mail on Sunday said shares in 4imprint had more than tripled in value since Midas recommended them in October 2011. The promotional gifts group published an upbeat trading statement last week and City analysts expect the shares to rise in the next year. 4imprint, which makes most of its money in the US, has benefited from economic recovery but also good management. It uses top-notch technology to sell its cups, pens and other promotional goods. Investors who bought in 2011 may want to take some profit but they should hold on to at least half their shares.
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