The Week in Focus: Tesco, US Shutdown, Royal Mail

THE WEEK: Morningstar columnist Rodney Hobson tells us he's lost faith in Tesco, he's disappointed in the market reaction to the US shutdown and he's far from excited about the Royal Mail IPO

Rodney Hobson 4 October, 2013 | 11:02AM
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In a special edition of The Week, columnist Rodney Hobson discusses three highlights of the week that are bothering him, and invites investors to join him at an upcoming event in London. Click on a headline below to read each the missive in full.

The Battle of the Baskets

I have long argued in this column that Tesco (TSCO) is in serious danger of losing its top spot among supermarkets, just as the once impregnable Sainsbury (SBRY) fell from grace. Sales figures this week suggest that Tesco is still on track to fulfil my fears...

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Strength in Misery

The government shutdown in the US has been a major disappointment for those who, like me, are looking to make further investments in shares. I had expected the market to fall heavily when Democrats and Republicans failed to reach a deal on the budget but the indices on both sides of the Atlantic have held up remarkably well, thus failing to present a clear cut buying opportunity...

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Lost in the Post

I can't feel any attraction for buying Royal Mail shares. The post service is a dying industry kept on life support by the purveyors of junk mail. It is a miracle it is still with us in the age of email attachments...

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Date for the Diary

I will be speaking as usual at the London Investor Show at Olympia on Friday 25th October on the topic of investing for recovery. After three years of helping less experienced investors to cope with recession and economic rollercoasters it will be a welcome change to take a more positive line.'s editor-in-chief Holly Cook will also be in attendance, chairing the Investors' Question Time at which you can fire your questions at a panel of experts.

Use the promo code 'Morningstar' when registering to receive your complimentary ticket.

Please do also come and talk to us informally if you attend. This is a really thriving show supported by the London Stock Exchange and well worth a visit.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Sainsbury (J) PLC237.00 GBX-0.84Rating
Tesco PLC255.10 GBX-4.13Rating

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Rodney Hobson

Rodney Hobson  is a columnist for and author of several investing books, including The Dividend Investor and How to Build a Share Portfolio.