Buy this stock that has increased its price by 18%.

Another key feature to watch is the company’s ability to add value in its specialist areas of cybercrime and executive risk, maritime, political risk, catastrophe and property.

The average price rose by 18pc in the first half, a jump in gross premiums written. This is a pace that even outpaces inflation.

Management will only decide on profits at the full-year stage early next year, but a continuation of first-half trends in the final six months of this year would suggest analysts are on track with their estimate of 6 percent growth. On the way. At around 13.7pa a share, the figure is about three times earnings.

Even if the 2.6pc forecast dividend yield for 2022 doesn’t jump off the page, this forecast jump in profits in 2023 leaves the shares trading at around six times forecast earnings.

If the analysts are in the right kind of territory there, the shares could look really cheap and Beazley could still be a bargain. Keep buying.

Questor says: Buy

Tick: BEZ

Share price at close: 537p

Update: SSE

A 54pc capital gain, at least on paper, and dividend payments of more than 300p per share represent a strong return on our first study of the SSE just four years ago.

The utility has the potential to deliver a healthy total return for patient portfolio builders, especially after management reaffirmed its (twice-raised) earnings guidance for this year in a trading update last week. .

Following the sale of its more volatile consumer-facing arm for £500m in 2020, SSE specializes in offshore and onshore wind farms and has a large energy transmission and distribution business thrown in for good measure.

The FTSE 100 company has resisted calls from the activist investor elite for a full break-up. However, it has received cash from the sale of its investment in Scotia Gas Networks, and has begun to dispose of a 25 percent stake in its grid business, SSEN.

The money raised will help fund £12.5bn of investment in clean energy projects, putting the company at the heart of the energy conservation story and reaffirming its environmental, social and governance credentials. can

SSE can generate more positive portfolio returns for readers. Catch.

Quester says: Hold on

Tucker: SSE

Share price at closing: £17.40

Russo Mold is an investment director at stockbroker AJ Bell.

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