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Investors forecast energy & mining firms to be strongest performing AIM shares over next year

19 August 2013

  • Halifax Share Dealing surveys investors to establish what impacts their investment strategies and where they are investing

Investors have targeted energy & mining stocks to be the strongest performing AIM shares in the next year, according to the latest Halifax Share Dealing Market Tracker.

In the wake of the recent relaxation of the rules of allowing AIM stocks to be included in ISAs, more than half (51.7%) of investors forecast AIM listed mining & energy firms to deliver the highest returns over the next 12 months, ahead of financial services (37.6%), basic industries (35%), and computer, information technology & internet firms (33.3%).

Within the AIM market, which sub-sectors do you think will be the strongest performers over the next 12 months?

Energy & mining eg: gas & oil - 51.70%
Financial services eg banks, insurance, property services, investment companies - 37.60%
Basic industries: chemicals, construction, building materials - 35.00%
Computers, information technology & internet eg: computer hardware, software, telecommunications - 33.30%
Consumer services: retailers, leisure, entertainment, media, transport - 24.80%
Consumer & retail products: beverages, health, tobacco, pharmaceuticals - 23.10%
General industries eg: aerospace, defence, electronics, engineering - 20.50%
Utilities - 15.40%
Source: Halifax Share Dealing Market Tracker
The AIM market predictions largely mirror investors' investment forecasts for the FTSE 100 over the next six months, with the exception of AIM listed computer, information technology & internet firms, where performance expectations are significantly higher.

Damian Stansfield, Halifax Share Dealing, comments:

"Enabling investors to invest in AIM stocks in a tax-efficient way is a sensible change, and it is likely to boost investment in AIM listed firms. However, the key for retail investors looking at this market is to balance the potentially higher rewards with the potentially greater risks.

"In recent years the AIM market has attracted a number of firms in the natural resources and technology sectors, and while there have been some big winners there have also been losers too."

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