10 Most Popular Shares in Q1

These 10 companies topped the list of most searched for stocks on Morningstar.co.uk in the first quarter of 2013

Holly Cook 8 April, 2013 | 4:26PM

In the first three months of the year, investors who use Morningstar.co.uk to generate investment ideas and monitor their portfolios have watched the FTSE 100 index rise almost 10% in that quarter alone.

As they review their holdings and explore potential new ones, these investors have largely sought out reliable UK companies that deliver steady growth and a consistent dividend. Vodafone and GlaxoSmithKline are two such examples.

But it’s not only the slow and steady stocks that our investors have been researching on Morningstar.co.uk. Since the start of the year Thomas Cook Group has also been among the most searched for companies on our website. The travel operator saw shares slump in 2011 as unrest in the Middle East and North Africa hurt its Egypt and Tunisia operations, and has struggled to recover since amid the global travel sector downturn and its own personal high debt levels. However, in the first quarter of 2013 the shares have rallied 120%, bolstered in recent weeks by the firm’s new strategy announcement. For investors who had the courage to buy in at the trough a year ago, their holding will be up in excess of 400% now. For those who already held Thomas Cook before its difficulties became apparent, shares worth £1 apiece today will offer little comfort compared to the £2.70 price tag three years ago.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Aviva PLC255.26 GBX3.05
Barclays PLC119.02 GBX3.28
BP PLC313.50 GBX2.53
BT Group PLC120.05 GBX3.27
GlaxoSmithKline PLC1,672.40 GBX0.04
Lloyds Banking Group PLC30.97 GBX3.68
Tesco PLC229.50 GBX0.53
Thomas Cook Group PLC  
Vodafone Group PLC134.84 GBX1.37

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Holly Cook

Holly Cook  is Manager, Morningstar EMEA Websites

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