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The bargain FTSE stocks trading below their book value

Investors have many tools for gauging the value of a company. One of the most popular is price-to-book value ratio (P/B).

‘Book value’ factors in all of a company’s assets — such as stocks, bonds, inventory, manufacturing equipment and property (minus debt) — as stated on its balance sheet. Based on this value, investors determine the price-to-book by dividing market price per share by book value per share.  

Best and worst FTSE 100 shares in the first quarter of 2020

The past quarter was an eventful one for the FTSE 100. The spread of coronavirus sparked a sell-off that pushed the blue-chip index into bear market territory for the first time since the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis. Year-to-date the index has lost 27.3%, up to the end of March.  

Diary of a private investor during a week of carnage for global markets

Over the weekend of 7/8 March, talks broke down between OPEC, Saudi Arabia and Russia signalling the start of a potential price war. By early Monday morning, the oil price was down 25% and for the markets, which had already been teetering given the potential economic impact of the coronavirus, it was a step too far. Investors rushed for the hills.

Three stocks to watch as housebuilders strengthen foundations

This piece was written before the coronavirus severely impacted markets.

The housebuilders have at different times found themselves on a sticky wicket this century, but as a rule, they have weathered the storm.

As defined by the London Stock Exchange (we are limiting the scope of this article to the FTSE 100), the Household Goods and Home Construction sector is comprised as follows: