Richard Hunter, Head of Markets at interactive investor takes a look at last month's most bought shares which includes three new entrants.
GlaxoSmithKline came back on to the radar of investors after raising its guidance outlook at its half-year update, whilst Shell also returned as it announced confirmation of its $25 billion share buyback programme at its interim numbers release.
Meanwhile, there was also some interest in Aviva in advance of its (early August) six-months release, again propelled by an above average dividend yield of 5.7% (current average for the FTSE 100 as a whole is 3.8%).
Richard Hunter, Head of Markets at interactive investor, the UK's leading flat fee investment platform, says:
"The FTSE 100 managed to eke out a gain of 1.5% in the month of July, a reasonable performance against the backdrop of a mixed month for sterling and an escalation in the trade tensions between the US and China. By the same token, many of the FTSE 100 companies have overseas exposure, especially to the US, so the fact that the economy there is currently firing on all cylinders had a positive impact on those companies as the second quarter/half year results began to filter through."
"Despite the minimal hike in UK interest rates at the end of the month, it is an unavoidable fact that there is an extremely strong element of income-seeking amongst our investors. With the exception of Barclays (which yields 2.4%), the other nine stocks each provide a relatively punchy return in this (still) historically low interest rate environment. Indeed, excluding Barclays, the average yield of those nine stocks is 5.7%."
Most bought FTSE 100 stocks by interactive investor's customers in July 2018
Source: interactive investor Past performance is not a guide to future performance
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