Friday Email: 05 January 2018
Every Friday morning our lead analyst Mark Riding sends out his weekly run-down and upcoming events in the investor calendar, like this one:
The stock market has started the year well and the FTSE 100 is at 7711, up around 45 points.
There has been little in the way of corporate reporting this week.
The week ahead sees some activity with MicroFocus, Safestore, Games Workshop, Shoe Zone and Supergroup reporting. Going ex dividend this coming Thursday with decent yields we have Connect Group (5.7%) and Brewin Dolphin with 2.7%.
We launched the DividendMax 2018 model portfolio on Thursday. As usual we pick 20 companies with an equal weighting of 5%. It can be found here
The 2017 Model Portfolio increased by 15.6% with dividends and 10.48% without dividends. This compares favourably to the FTSE 100 which increased by 7.1%. The main winners were Barratt Developments (48.28%), Bellway (44.87%), Booker (35.15%), Crest Nicholson (26.24%), Easyjet (50.87%), European Assets Trust (34.77%) and finally the star performer was XL Media with 119.1%. The main laggard was OPG Power Ventures with a fall of 69.25%.
The Friday email is delivered to over 20,000 subscriber’s every week, and remains a widely read run-down of recent events and what investors can expect in the week ahead written by our chief analyst Mark Riding.
It’s included as part of the free DividendMax trial.
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The run up to XMAS ends today and the FTSE 100 is trading at an all time high as the Santa rally continues. The FTSE 100 in currently pushing further new highs and is currently trading at 7612.
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