Old Mutual plc (OML) Moved Up 3.84% on Feb 15

February 15, 2018 - By Clifton Ray

Shares of Old Mutual plc (LON:OML) last traded at 248.6, representing a move of 3.84%, or 9.2 per share, on volume of 8.61 million shares. After opening the trading day at 244.1, shares of Old Mutual plc traded in a close range. Old Mutual plc currently has a total float of 46.22M shares and on average sees 11.86 million shares exchange hands each day. The stock now has a 52-week low of 184.2 and high of 251.7.

LSE: Europe’s Biggest Stock Exchange

Europe is undeniably a successful region, especially when it comes to economic prowess and influence. The UK economy has constantly been a major player in this success.

Not only does the UK boast with a compelling education system, a competent political structure, and a healthy tourism industry’ it also takes pride in excellent corporate governance that continues to shape its economy. Because of this, the country has one of the most competitive equity markets globally’ transforming not just Europe but the trade and commerce around the world.

In the UK, the main stock exchange is the London Stock Exchange (LSE) while the benchmark index is the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE) 100 Index.

LSE

The LSE is Europe’s biggest stock exchange and the world’s third biggest stock exchange. It boasts with roughly 2,290 companies listed on it and an overall market capitalization of ‘6.06 trillion.

Having been formed in 1801, the LSE is also one of the world’s oldest stock exchanges. The LSE is currently operated by the LSE Group (LSEG), which was formed in October 2007 after the LSE and the Borsa Italiana had merged.

The regular trading on the LSE begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m.

FTSE 100

The FTSE 100 had been formed on January 3, 1984 with 1,000 points serving as a base value. It monitors the 100 biggest companies listed on the LSE based on market capitalization and with respect to free-float shares. Old Mutual plc is a stock traded on the U.K’s stock exchange.

The FTSE 100 is currently operated by a subsidiary of the LSEG, the FTSE Group. As of September, it has an overall market capitalization of about $1.70 trillion. The FTSE 100 represents about 80% of the overall market capitalization on the LSE. Old Mutual plc has relatively good liquidity.

While the FTSE 100 is a good indicator of the LSE, it is not a good indicator of the UK economy since it is mostly composed of international companies. On the other hand, the FTSE 250 is the best indicator of the UK economy’ thanks to its extensive nature and components that are mostly UK-based companies.

The components of the FTSE 100 are reviewed quarterly’ particularly on the first Wednesday following the first Friday of the months of March, June, September, and December. Components are regularly dropped and added in accordance to a certain set of criteria for inclusion.

The FTSE 100 had recorded an all-time low of 427.50 points in February 1978. Eventually, the FTSE had recorded an all-time high of 7,103.98 points in April 2015. Meanwhile, it has recorded its best intraday high of 7,129 points in October.

The LSE has been forged to become more powerful through all those 200 years of existence. It is definitely a pride of the European economy and the reasons behind the successful efforts of the UK to realize long-term growth prospects.

Investing on LSE stocks is an ideal move for investors nowadays. It is one of the best, and most rewarding ways to take advantage of the constant growth of the UK economy, as well as that of Europe. Professional analysts might be interested how this will affect Old Mutual plc.

Old Mutual plc provides investment, savings, insurance, and banking services to retail and commercial clients in the financial services sector worldwide. The company has market cap of 11.49 billion GBP. The firm offers savings and protection products in the lower income and foundation market; lending products; wealth creation and protection, and asset management products to middle income and high-net worth customers; retirement and group risk products to institutional and corporate investors and employers; access to various investment offerings, styles, and asset classes; life, property, and casualty insurance products; mandatory and voluntary pensions, offshore investment products, and institutional asset management solutions; and services to a network of independent financial advisers, wealth managers, and other institutions. It has a 14.89 P/E ratio. It also provides wholesale banking solutions, such as investment banking and lending, global markets and treasury, commercial property finance, deposit taking, and transactional banking solutions; retail and business banking services; high-net worth banking and wealth management solutions; and card products.

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