Whats hot and whats not
June 7, 2018

The first edition of What's Hot and What's Not, detailing top trades by customers using Barclays' direct investing platform, Barclays Smart Investor, during May 2018, throws up some interesting issues.

Barclays says the buy/sell ratio for shares was 53:47; this ratio provides an indicator of how investors might perceive risk in the markets overall, as it is an easy comparison of the amount of buy trades to sell trades.

Will Hobbs, Head of Investment Strategy, Barclays, said: "For capital markets investors, one of the major themes of May, and indeed the months running up to it, was the strength in oil and wider commodity prices. So it shouldn't be too surprising to find commodity related stocks prominent on both the buy and sell lists. More broadly May was the month that Italy returned to haunt markets a little more visibly, a fact which may help explain the focus on quality blue chips at the top of the funds leaderboard."

Chris Stevenson, Director, Smart Investor said:"May was clearly an interesting month from a UK market perspective, with the FTSE100 hitting a new all-time closing high.Smart Investor customers were engaged across the month from a trading perspective – average daily deals were up 8% month on month and it was the second highest trading month of the year, behind January."





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The first edition of What's Hot and What's Not, detailing top trades by customers using Barclays' direct investing platform, Barclays Smart Investor, during May 2018, throws up some interesting issues.

Barclays says the buy/sell ratio for shares was 53:47; this ratio provides an indicator of how investors might perceive risk in the markets overall, as it is an easy comparison of the amount of buy trades to sell trades.

Will Hobbs, Head of Investment Strategy, Barclays, said: "For capital markets investors, one of the major themes of May, and indeed the months running up to it, was the strength in oil and wider commodity prices. So it shouldn't be too surprising to find commodity related stocks prominent on both the buy and sell lists. More broadly May was the month that Italy returned to haunt markets a little more visibly, a fact which may help explain the focus on quality blue chips at the top of the funds leaderboard."

Chris Stevenson, Director, Smart Investor said:"May was clearly an interesting month from a UK market perspective, with the FTSE100 hitting a new all-time closing high.Smart Investor customers were engaged across the month from a trading perspective – average daily deals were up 8% month on month and it was the second highest trading month of the year, behind January."




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