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REVEALED: October’s top trades

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17/11/2014
Darren Hepworth, Director of Global Trading at TD Direct Investing takes a look back at October 2014.

October was another busy month in the markets with Apple, Tesco and Alibaba at the forefront of investors’ minds. For the second month in a row, Apple was the most bought and sold international stock by TD investors, benefitting from the huge consumer media exposure around their recent product launches and exceptional Q4 financial results. 

Alibaba shares have gone from strength to strength since the company’s record-breaking IPO in September, and traders have remained keen to take advantage of the opportunities this stock represents. As a result, Alibaba stayed in TD’s Top 3 International Buys this month ahead of the likes of Facebook, Google and Amazon.

Investors also saw a buying opportunity in Tesco’s continuous challenges. Tesco’s October results showed a 92 per cent fall in profits and a £263 million accounting black hole, but despite these well-publicised troubles Tesco was, this month again, by far the most popular UK stock for TD traders.

Meanwhile, October’s Good Money Week brought green and responsible stocks to the limelight. According to new research by TD Direct Investing, ethical stocks are becoming increasingly popular amongst British investors. The number of trades made by our customers in ethical funds has increased by 84 per cent in the last year, with 94 per cent of TD’s ethical funds increasing in value in the same period.

The research also found that 64 per cent of British investors are planning to invest in ethical funds in the next few years. This growing trend may reshape investors’ portfolio over the next few years, provided more information is available to investors to help them make informed decisions.

Spotlight

Alibaba – During its second month of trading investors continued to have confidence that there is further growth in the Chinese e-commerce sector, and its continuing prominence in TD’s monthly top 10 shows that confidence is likely to continue.

Jabil Circuit – In the month that it fell out of the S&P 500, electronics firm Jabil Circuit became the second most bought international stock. TD customers are evidently bullish that it can bounce back from this setback.

Solo Oil – The oil and gas operation fell out of our top 10 buys. Investors’ hopes of successful exploration, which had made the stock one of our most popular in September, continue to be unfulfilled. However, Solo Oil also left our top 10 sales list signifying that most investors are holding out for profitable discoveries to come.

Top UK TD client buys and sells for October 2014

  Top Ten UK Buys    Top 10 UK Sells 
  Company    Company
TESCO LLOYDS BANKING GROUP 
LLOYDS BANKING GROUP 2 BARCLAYS PLC 
GLAXOSMITHKLINE  TESCO
GULF KEYSTONE PETROLEUM  ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND GROUP PLC 
BARCLAYS PLC   QUINDELL PLC
LENI GAS & OIL PLC  6 GULF KEYSTONE PETROLEUM 
BP  7  LENI GAS & OIL PLC
QUINDELL PLC  8  VODAFONE GROUP
ROLLS ROYCE HOLDINGS 9  RARE EARTH MINERAL
10  VODAFONE GROUP  10   TAYLOR WIMPEY

 Top International TD client Buys and Sells for October 2014

  Top 10 International Buys    Top 10 International Sells 
  Company    Company 
1  APPLE INC  APPLE INC
 JABIL CIRCUIT INC  JABIL CIRCUIT INC
 ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD 3  FACEBOOK INC
 GILEAD SCIENCES INC  JINKOSOLAR HOLDING CO LTD
 FACEBOOK INC  TESLA MOTORS INC
 CREDIT SUISSE NASSAU  GILEAD SCIENCES INC
7  JINKOSOLAR HOLDING CO LTD  ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD
8  TESLA MOTORS INC  PROSHARES TRUST
 GOOGLE INC  YAHOO INC
10   PROSHARES TRUST 10  TWITTER INC 

 

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