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Rising demand and an improving economy are boosting the sector's fortunes
Government policy and rising longevity strengthen the investment case.
Encompassing branded food manufacturers, plantations companies and agricultural product suppliers, the sector has put up a good showing of late. This reflects healthy appetite for the suppliers of one of life's key essentials with input costs low and UK consumer confidence high. Yet given the ongoing squeeze from the supermarkets, investors look best served by strong brands or structural growth/niche market stories.
Massive restructuring has left the UK electronics industry leaner, better focused and actively hunting growth in emerging markets. Now growth concerns in China and elsewhere are shaking electronic engineering manufacturing to the core, but there is an opportunity as management rethink business strategy, seek out further costs savings and bolster operating margins.
Long-term and short-term positives for public transport like growing population, higher disposable income and lower fuel costs run the risk of being outweighed by political and regulatory concerns in the form of devolution, possible renationalisation and rebate cuts.
A great way to gain exposure to cyclical economic growth, permanent recruiters benefit from improving confidence on the state of the economy and job markets. They are also hit hard whenever a downturn kicks in.
When the economy is growing real estate investment trusts tend to do well. The income plays allow investors to earn from various commercial assets that are typically beyond their reach, such as healthcare properties, warehouses, shops and offices.
There's only two reasons why an investor might buy shares in a water supplier; a big fat income yield, or the potential for a takeover.
Industrial transportation's constituents provide the air, road, rail and sea-borne vessels for the transit of global trade.
Exploration and production companies have endured a miserable few years with the current woes exacerbated by the collapse in oil prices.
Gambling stocks aren't for the faint hearted but there are several stocks with good growth and income prospects.
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