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Sunday Times share tips for 2010, picks Royal Dutch Shell

The Sunday Times

January 3, 2010

Our share tips for 2010

Sunday Times staff pick the shares that they believe will do well in a year in which the economy starts to grow again

Kate Walsh ROYAL DUTCH SHELL Shell weathered the swings in the oil price in 2009 — a year when it went from below $40 a barrel to almost $80 — remarkably well. Its shares ended the year in positive territory, but with a gain of only 3.8% there is much room for recovery. Analysts say energy prices will continue to rise in 2010 helped by stronger demand from emerging markets and they believe Shell will benefit.

The company’s balance sheet starts the year on a good footing. Shell slashed operating costs by $700m in the first half of last year and has said it will cut capital spending in 2010 to $28 billion, from an estimated $31 billion in 2009.

Peter Voser, the chief executive who took over in July, has launched a huge restructuring, which includes substantial staff cuts. The company’s shares have a 5.8% dividend yield that provides a good support for the price.

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