The Tipster | Taking candy from a baby

TRADING shares in Mothercare has been child’s play over the last 12 months, as they have surged over 120 per cent. Chief executive Simon Calver, who was appointed in April, has implemented a successful turnaround strategy, appeasing the concerns of worried investors. The retailer delivers its interim statement on Thursday, and traders will want to see whether the current momentum can continue. Spreadex quotes a price of 292.2p-298.6p for Mothercare.

At its last trading update, drinks manufacturer SABMiller suggested that it was performing in line with analysts’ expectations. Shares have gained 20 per cent over the last year, but they are down from highs in August, and are currently languishing near four month lows. With pressure on its margins set to continue, traders may punish any deterioration in the outlook. CMC Markets quotes a price of 2,622.91p-2,628.08p for SABMiller.

Catering firm Compass Group is expected to dish up tasty news when it serves its final results this week. It has been a good year, with shares up by over 20 per cent. But they have recently been trading in range between 680p and 700p. Traders will want a taste of good news to help push the company out of this range. IG quotes a price of 691p-693p for Compass Group.

The diversified products of Johnson Matthey have contributed to a positive 2012 for the chemicals and metals specialist. Although shares are up in 2012, they have fallen sharply since the highs seen in September. Tomorrow’s interim numbers are eagerly anticipated to see whether the company can regain some of its shine. Capital Spreads quotes at price of 2,281.8p-2,285.2p.