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by Giorgi Natsvlishvili on October 19, 2021

The UK Stock Market is One of the Most Undervalued

In the last year and a half, i.e. after reaching a cyclical low in March 2020, the UK stock market has been lagging behind most developed peers. The FTSE 100 is one of the very few leading stock indices in the world that have not yet returned to pre-crisis levels, while the S&P 500 exceeded them by more than 30%, the Nikkei 225 by more than 20%, and the Dax by more than 10%. , and EuroStoxx 50 and 600 – by almost 10%.

The UK economy has found itself in a rather difficult position due to supply chain disruptions, which are exacerbated by the country’s high dependence on international trade, as well as due to labor shortages caused by Brexit. Nonetheless, the FTSE 100 remains the most interesting story in the DM segment in terms of forward dividend yield, while the undervaluation of the index relative to the S&P 500 and EuroStoxx 50 in terms of forward P / E ratios is, according to Bloomberg, roughly 40% and 25%, respectively.

However, in the short term, the dynamics of the UK stock market (at least relative) may improve due to the large weight of energy and mining companies in the FTSE 100, which are the beneficiaries of high prices for raw materials in general and energy in particular. Over the past month, heavyweights such as BP and Royal Dutch Shell have gained over 15%.

According to AJ Bell Investments, about 46% of all expected net income and 37% of all expected dividends of FTSE 100 companies are in the above two sectors. In addition, UK companies’ strong cash flows and balance sheets allow them to actively pursue share repurchases.

By Giorgi Natsvlishvili

Giorgi is the top market analysis expert and reported at InsideTrade. His expertise in the markets helps him identify not only opportune market conditions as well as worthwhile stories to report on,

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