FTSE 100

Two high-yielding shares and one steady-eddy catch the eye

The media sector covers a whole host of activities, ranging from publishing, video, programmes and advertising to events and public relation companies.

Globally, the onslaught of the likes of Netflix, Amazon, Disney and Comcast (which bought UK company Sky in 2018) will continue to have a profound effect on viewing habits, while the personalisation of content will become an increasingly important theme.

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Supreme Court decision: what could it mean for investors?

The Supreme Court ruled today (24 September) that the prorogation of Parliament by prime minister Boris Johnson was unlawful, meaning that Parliament will sit again tomorrow (25 September).

Sterling has strengthened this morning against the US dollar and the euro on the indication that a no-deal Brexit is now considerably less likely as the government as failed to restrict Parliament’s input into the process.

The best and worst FTSE 100 shares so far this year

Once again, the FTSE 100 bucked the UK’s political and economic uncertainty, producing an overall return of 10.4% in the first half of 2019.

However, despite the solid gains, the FTSE 100 remains cheap. As Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell, notes: “It is still possible to argue that UK stocks look cheap and fund flow data suggests they remain unloved.”

But which FTSE 100 shares gave investors the best and worst returns so far this year?

Vodafone dividend cut: which UK shares might be next?

Over the past year the market has increasingly cooled on Vodafone. The company has a long list of problems, including the high cost of 5G investment, being squeezed by competition on the continent and high levels of debt. The company’s share price fell by roughly 30% between April 2018 and April 2019.

The statistic that blows the sell in May adage out of the water

There is a long history of investors trying to determine seasonal patterns in financial markets. For some, history shows October to be a particularly dangerous time, with some of history’s largest market crashes happening within the month. For others, the end of year offers the chance for solid gains with the so-called Santa Clause Rally.