in William Hill, the Sunday Telegraph's Questor column recommended. Britain's biggest bookmaker has transformed itself in the last six years from a business dependent on UK betting shops to one that makes 48% of operating profit from online and Australian operations. International expansion is important because UK bookmakers face new taxes and a potential crackdown on fixed-odds betting. Chief Executive Ralph Topping aims to be a £5bn company by 2018. With the market value at £3.4bn that implies a lot of upside for buyers and William Hill looks a good bet.
Danny Fortson in the Sunday Times is on the side of the bears when it comes to Moneysupermarket.com. The price comparison business has retained its top spot in the sector despite competition from a growing number of rivals. At annual results on March 6th it is forecast to publish profit up 7% to £67m and house broker Citi thinks profit could hit £81m next year as it adds more services for online customers. But Fortson, in his Inside the City column, argues Moneysupermarket has not been alive to the threat of voucher sites such as Quidco, whose offers of cash will reduce the company's customer traffic.
RSA Insurance is a high-risk buy, Questor argued in the Sunday Telegraph. New boss Stephen Hester scrapped the final dividend and announced a £775m rights issue last week but investors should keep faith with Hester's ability to turn the group around. Analysts rate him as an open and proven Chief Executive and he is worth a gamble as someone who can make RSA recover from its current woes. A buyer could also decide to buy RSA while its share price is low.
Manx Telecom shares offer investors steady growth and generous dividends over the next decade, the Midas column said in the Mail on Sunday. The Isle of Man's telecoms provider floated on Aim last month and should prosper from the island's prosperity. It is also moving into services and is targeting business in mainland Britain. More than 15,000 Manx Sim cards are in use in the UK and sales are growing fast. The company is a solid business that offers income and some growth, too.
The Restaurant Group shares have jumped 86% since the Mail on Sunday's Midas column tipped them 18 months ago. The owner of Garfunkel's, Frankie & Benny's and other chains has fared well by staying away from high streets and offering solid, affordable food at airports and leisure centres where footfall is high. The recent rate of growth is unlikely to continue but profits and dividends should grow healthily as the economy improves. Midas said buyers in 2012 should now diversify by selling 30% of their holding and that long-term new investors could stash a few shares away.
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