FTSE higher despite China fall, with BAE up on defence spending hopes

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  1. Lily

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    Despite a 5% fall in the Chinese stock market on continuing concerns about the world’s second largest economy, European shares are attempting to edge higher.

    The FTSE 100 is currently up 12.06 points at 5924.30, while Germany’s Dax is 79 points better and France’s Cac has climbed 35 points. Chris Beauchamp, senior market analyst at IG, said:

    It was a shaky start for European investors this morning, as cautious buying took the place of last week’s rampant selling. Weekend data from China was not particularly encouraging, while gyrations in the Chinese foreign exchange market continues, but as with any story eventually the power to shock wears off. We are seeing this with China this morning, and while there will still be plenty of concerns, the impending arrival of US earnings season provides a new story to focus on. For the FTSE, the market continues to find support around the lows seen in August, September and December of last year, and so while this holds buyers will remain optimistic the downward move of early January has run its course.

    The recent share price slide has taken Standard Life into better value territory once again, having appeared relatively fully priced mid-year. Overall, we forecast earnings per share growth of 9% per annum over the next three years – the highest (sustainable) growth rate in the sector bar St James’s Place. Unlike many of its peers, the group also has balance sheet flexibility in the form of relatively low debt levels, which is both a defensive attribute as well as offering potential for value accretion. Despite this, the shares now yield [an estimated] 5.1% in 2015 – more than the wider, pan-European sector and more even than Aviva (in both 2015 and 2016). Thus, with the shares looking good value again, we upgrade to buy.

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