Richard Hunter

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.

A vision for 2020: shares, politics and the economy

This time last year we asked if 2019 would take the BISCUIT, given the effects of Brexit, Interest rates, Sterling, China, the US, Inflation and Trump.

And, to a large extent, it has. 

Despite those concerns, even the embattled FTSE 100 has posted an 11% gain in the year to date, with the “Boris bounce” providing a late turbocharge.

Meanwhile, the US economy has been on a tear and the main indices have responded accordingly. At the time of writing, the Dow Jones is up 21% in the year to date, the S&P500 26% and the technology-laden Nasdaq index 32%.

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.

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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Is a Santa rally guaranteed this December?

Is a Santa rally a certainty? At least it is if the past 20 years are anything to go by.

Rather than talk generalities, we looked to see whether there was any truth to one of the annual market clichés and, whereas going back a decade would simply have given us a clear run of a bull market, we went back another 10 years to provide more of a test.