…another stock I have in my portfolio – this one already performing well – is Thrombogenics, a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercialising innovative ophthalmic medicines (that’s the spiel), and based in Belgium. Earlier this year Thrombogenics announced that theirMicroplasmin Meets Primary Endpoint in Phase III Trial for the Non-SurgicalTreatment of Symptomatic Vitreomacular Adhesion (VMA) . In other words market their Microplasmin product has received the green light - and that’s why I am backing them. The shares are listed on the Eurolist by Euronext Brussels under the symbol THR and are currently trading (21 Sept 2012) at €30.11, which is 35% up on when I bought them almost a year ago. They’re worth backing in my view. Please note: The views and opinions in this post are my own and should not constitute advice to purchase the stocks quoted.
Passwords were the last thing on Andrew’s mind as he took his completed appraisal form over to the Personnel Office to give to Denise Smith. He knocked on her door and walked in to her office. She was talking animatedly on the phone and did not appear to have heard Andrew’s knock or entrance behind her. He stood there and waited. ‘Just a minute, I’m not logged on,’ she said into the phone and with her free hand typed ‘dsmith’ with one finger onto her computer keyboard against where it said Username on the screen. Against Password she slowly typed ‘1$toyota’. It wasn’t difficult to follow. Andrew coughed politely. Still speaking, Denise Smith turned, saw the papers in Andrew’s hand, smiled, and motioned to him to put them in her in-tray. Back at his desk Andrew’s heart was thumping. The company was proud of its strict IT procedures - but he now had the means to access the Personnel computer system, “Profile”, using Denise Smith’s login - and Denise Sm
I do the weekly shopping in my house - have done for years, and for most of those years that shopping has been done at Tescos. Not any more! I now shop at Morrisons. There’s been a subtle change at Tescos since Chief Exec Terry Leahy left in March 2011. I also, presciently, sold my shares in Tescos when he left – best not to fly with an unknown pilot, is the maxim there. Anyway, the reasons dear readers, the reasons. Essentially Morrisons is better value: it’s cheaper. I know, I know – Tescos will rail at me, saying they will ‘beat any price” and all that guff. I don’t believe them. What I know is that overall my shopping trolley is cheaper when I buy a similar weekly shop at Morrisons. And forget the Clubcard: I’d rather have no frills and lower prices. There are other, food-based reasons as well. Their goat’s cheese is nicer, they do the most fantastic jalapeno hummus, their lemons are nicer. I could go on. Oh, and there are little things that Morrisons do tha