St James's Place (STJ)

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1,093.00p
   
  • Change Today:
      8.00p
  • 52 Week High: 1,143.00p
  • 52 Week Low: 913.60p
  • Currency: UK Pounds
  • Shares Issued: 534.20m
  • Volume: 965,950
  • Market Cap: £5,839m
  • RiskGrade: 136
  • Beta: 1.41

Analyst recommendations fail to beat the market

By Abigail Townsend

Date: Wednesday 23 Jan 2019

LONDON (ShareCast) - (Sharecast News) - The ten blue-chip stocks most regularly backed by analysts with 'buy' recommendations lost more than the FTSE 100 index in 2018, fresh analysis showed on Wednesday.
Research by AJ Bell found that the ten FTSE 100 stocks analysts most often rated a 'buy' lost an average of 17.3% in 2018, while the index lost 12.5%.

Only one of top ten, Shire, made a positive return, following a £46bn takeover bid from Japanese drug maker Takeda. The other most recommended stocks included British American Tobacco, venture capitalist 3i, travel firm TUI and takeaway app Just Eat.

In contrast, the ten stocks most regularly ranked as a 'sell' by analysts beat the benchmark index, losing 10.1% on average, although only one - publisher Pearson - recorded share price gains

Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell, said investment banks and broking firms had failed to identify last year's winners and losers.

"While it is tempting to cut analysts some slack by noting that 2018 was a tough year, this is the fourth time we have concluded this analysis, and the analysts' combined top picks fared no better than the benchmark index in 2015, 2016 or 2017," he added.

"This is not to gratuitously kick the analysts when they are down. But it does suggest that the real value of broking research lies not with the recommendations but with the industry analysis and distillation of the key company issues that it provides."

AJ Bell also published the ten stocks with the highest percentage of 'buy' ratings at the start of the current year. They included publishing and events group Informa, healthcare provider NMC Health, commodity specialist Glencore, 3i and wealth manager St James's Place.

The ten stocks with the highest percentage of 'sell' ratings at the start of 2019 include miner Antofagasta, Marks & Spencer, Rolls Royce, Next, Pearson and Standard Chartered.

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STJ Market Data

Currency UK Pounds
Share Price 1,093.00p
Change Today 8.00p
% Change 0.74 %
52 Week High 1,143.00p
52 Week Low 913.60p
Volume 965,950
Shares Issued 534.20m
Market Cap £5,839m
Beta 1.41
RiskGrade 136

STJ Star Ratings

Compare performance with the sector and the market.
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Key: vs Market vs Sector
Value
80.53% below the market average80.53% below the market average80.53% below the market average80.53% below the market average80.53% below the market average
100% below the sector average100% below the sector average100% below the sector average100% below the sector average100% below the sector average
Price Trend
35.86% above the market average35.86% above the market average35.86% above the market average35.86% above the market average35.86% above the market average
50.00% above the sector average50.00% above the sector average50.00% above the sector average50.00% above the sector average50.00% above the sector average
Income
49.90% above the market average49.90% above the market average49.90% above the market average49.90% above the market average49.90% above the market average
75% below the sector average75% below the sector average75% below the sector average75% below the sector average75% below the sector average
Growth
38.3% below the market average38.3% below the market average38.3% below the market average38.3% below the market average38.3% below the market average
50% below the sector average50% below the sector average50% below the sector average50% below the sector average50% below the sector average

What The Brokers Say

Strong Buy 10
Buy 0
Neutral 4
Sell 0
Strong Sell 1
Total 15
buy
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