FTSE 100

Is Tesco in your shares shopping basket?

The awkwardly titled personal care, drug and grocery stores sector is where the supermarkets live, as well as some of the famous products on sale within them.

As defined by the London Stock Exchange (we are limiting the scope of this article to the FTSE 100), the sector comprises the following companies: William Morrison Supermarkets operates a supermarket chain under the Morrisons brand. The company operates around 500 total stores, from over 10 manufacturing sites across Britain.

Will the FTSE 100 hit 8,000 in 2020?

The FTSE 100 currently sits at just over 7,600 points. While it has been a rocky year for the index, in price terms it has managed to gain just over 13%, year-to-date. How will the index do in 2020?

Best and worst FTSE 100 shares of 2019

Despite being a year defined by political uncertainty and, at times, chaos, the FTSE 100 index was able to return investors a healthy 18.8% in 2019 in total return terms (including dividends).

JD Sports was the best performer on the blue-chip index, providing investors with a total return of 138% to market close on 27 December 2019.

Are these travel stocks a passport to riches?

Travel and leisure is an intriguing sector at the moment. On the one hand it has obvious attractions (we tend to go on holiday whatever the economic weather), yet it’s one that’s being buffeted by global economic concerns.

As defined by the London Stock Exchange (we are limiting the scope of this article to the FTSE 100 index), the sector comprises six firms, the details of which are highlighted below and in the Tape table.

Three ways to spot whether a stock market is ‘truly cheap’

For the past three years, readers of the financial press will have heard countless times that the UK stock market is ‘cheap’. Investors fearing the worst outcome from Brexit, as well as the potential of a Labour government coming to power, have turned their backs on UK shares, pushing the market to supposedly attractive valuations for the more contrarian-minded. This is certainly the view of Richard Staveley, a fund manager at Gresham House Strategies.

Dogs of the Footsie: how are our canines doing as their dividends dry up?

With Brexit uncertainty still weighing on investor sentiment, it’s been a difficult environment for UK plc this year, although a weak pound has helped the FTSE 100 index’s overseas earners. Our Dogs of the Footsie portfolio has struggled against the wider index since inception, but a yield of more than 10% provides some compensation.

On the hunt for quality insurance shares

Insurance may not be a topic to set the pulse racing, but it is nonetheless a vital part of any economy. Behind the US, China and Japan, the UK insurance market is the fourth largest in the world – and the largest in Europe – with an estimated total premium volume of just under $220 billion (£178 billion) in 2017, according to the Association of British Insurers.

As defined by the London Stock Exchange (we are limiting the scope of this article to the FTSE 100 companies), insurance is split into two sub-sectors, life insurance and non-life insurance.

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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