FTSE 100 Competition Results Week 6

We have a new leader as the FTSE is up on the week


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We have a new leader, a case of brothers swapping places. Gavin Riddell (+£7630) now leads Michael Riddell (+£7179), Lewis Grieve (+£5836) has consolidated third place while Sandy Paton and Scotmac9 have exchanged places.

At the other end Nil Pettigrew made the largest gain of the week (6.7%) but still occupies last place. Just above, Calum Todd and Sammy’s Granny remain 113th and 114th with four entrants having losses in excess of £5000 since we started. Fiona Spriddle matched the best 6.7% gain while Andrew North saw his portfolio also gain more than 6%.

Mover of the week was Joan Nicol but that was down 24 places. Mrs Butch gained 22 to 46th as there continued to be wide swings. Alan Farquharson lost 19 places while 21 places were made up by Douglas S, Tiptop and Archie Kelly.


So what caused all that?


The FTSE 100 closed the week at 6761, up from 6631 the previous week mainly on the back of expectations of stronger economic recovery.  The market reacted this week to the $1.9trn US stimulus package and to the UK GDP figures. Globally stock markets rose as inflation concerns abated. 


Highest gain was made this week by Just Eat, up 14.7% as there was feeling that there was scope for growth in revenue (although it remains one of the worst performers since we started our contest on 1st February). Burberry was next best, up 13.8% on the week after reporting a rebound in sales since December. Scottish Mortgage, M&G group and Kingfisher were all up by more than 12%. Rolls Royce share price rose despite a £4bn loss due to the pandemic while banks and energy shares were also strong.


82 of the 100 were up on the week while only 62 are up since the start of our competition. AstraZeneca was up 1.4% on the week.


Mining and house building sectors struggled but the major losers of the week were Standard Life Aberdeen (-6.7%), London Stock Exchange (-6.4%), Rentokill (-3.2%) and BTGroup (-3.0%). 


What to look out for in the coming week: 

Ocado will give a trading statement and some believe the group need to persuade investors that the demand will continue for costly fulfilment centres. Will the e-commerce boom continue after lockdown ends?

On Tuesday Ferguson and Antofagasta will announce full year results. 


No doubt another week of ups and downs ahead.

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