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Understanding Company News

How to interpret stock market announcements

By Rodney Hobson

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Understanding Company News

How to interpret stock market announcements

By Rodney Hobson

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This book looks at company announcements, focussing on those issued through the London Stock Exchange by listed companies.

Almost all these announcements – such as annual results, share buying by directors, profit warnings and updates on current trading – are required under stock exchange rules or European Union directives. This book explains these rules and shows how to make sense of the announcements; enabling investors and others to take informed decisions.

The book is divided into three sections:

Section A looks at what the rules are, why they have been imposed and how they have evolved to give private investors a much fairer opportunity of competing with professional investors.

Section B lists and explains the routine statements that all companies issue on a regular basis: trading statements and profit figures. It tells readers what to look for, explains company jargon and shows how to read between the lines when all is not as well as it seems.

Section C considers important announcements, such as profit warnings and directors’ share dealings, that are issued on an irregular basis as they arise. It explains which announcements are likely to affect the share price and why.

‘Understanding Company News’ is for all those baffled shareholders who throw communications from their companies straight into the bin and any investors who read company pronouncements but perhaps naively take everything they see at face value. And anyone working in related industries looking to untangle these company announcements will also find this book extremely valuable.

About the author

Rodney Hobson is an experienced financial journalist who has held senior editorial positions with publications in the UK and Asia and is currently Editor of Ipreo, an international financial services group.

Among posts he has held are News Editor for the Business section of The Times, Business Editor of the Singapore Monitor, Deputy Business Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, Head of News at Citywire and Editor of Shares magazine. He has also contributed to the Daily Mail, the Independent and Business Franchise Magazine.

Rodney is the author of financial titles Shares Made Simple, now in its second edition (9780857192356), Small Companies, Big Profits (9781905641789), Understanding Company News (9781906659226), How to Build a Share Portfolio (9780857190215) and The Dividend Investor (9780857190963). He also writes the Detective Inspector Paul Amos Lincolnshire Mystery series of book (Dead Money, and Unlikely Graves).

He is registered as a Representative with the Financial Services Authority.

Rodney is married with one daughter.

Media coverage

From Share Crazy:

espected financial journalist Rodney Hobson is back with his third book focussed on explaining the workings of the stock market and how to profit from it. Following his first two offerings, Shares Made Simple and Small Companies, Big Profits, his latest tome is packed with detailed, but easy to understand information, targeted at the private… Read more »

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From Meridian Magazine:

Blackheath financial author Rodney Hobson has just published his third book on stock market investment. ‘Understanding Company News’ guides investors through the welter of information available on all the companies quoted on the London Stock Exchange, explaining what to look for and where to look. The book tells you when information is released and how… Read more »

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From Self Trade Stock Take:

Financial author Rodney Hobson weighs up opportunities and risks for the investor in the next ten years: The noughties have behaved badly for stock market investors. Could the teens be as bad? As weather men who predicted a mild winter have demonstrated, the further out you forecast, the harder it is to be right but… Read more »

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“Packed with detailed, but easy to understand information..Understanding Company News is another excellent book from Hobson.”- Richard Gill, Share Crazy1st July 2010

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Rodney was a guest on Motley Fools’ podcast with David Kuo9th April 2010

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From Media Review:

Featured in Meridian magazineMarch 2010

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Investing in the next decade- Rodney Hobson, Stocktake from Selftrade26th February 2010

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Index of Case Studies
About the author

Section A - The rules

1. The Right To Be Informed
2. Rules That Companies Must Follow
3. News Sources

Section B - Regular Statements

4. Trading Statements
5. Profit Figures
6. AGMs

Section C - One-off Statements

7. Alerts
8. Takeover Approaches
9. Rights Issues and Placings
10. Changes in Important Shareholdings
11. Board Changes
12. Other Non-routine Issues
13. Scary But Harmless Announcements

A Final Note - On Trading

- Timetables


Published: 08/02/2010
Edition: 1st
Pages: 248
Formats: paperback - ISBN 9781906659226
ebook - ISBN 9780857191328
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