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Financiers step into lending void left by banks.
Technology and service companies are working to meet growing healthcare needs.
Regulation has hit profits but parts of the sector hold significant potential.
Demand for new and improved medicines is set to rise, but so will the development risk. Tread carefully.
A lack of immediate catalysts for the sector's two largest constituents mean the year-to-date underperformance is likely to continue.
We remain overall buyers of the sector but suggest investors seek value and stability at the higher end of the company spectrum.
We are cautious on BSkyB but there are some opportunities further down the food chain of which UTV appears the most compelling.
Good stock selection is increasingly important as markets, including support services sector indices, trend sideways.
The increasing influence of private sector IT suppliers to the NHS could be among the answers to budgetary conundrum Britain faces.
After a strong run investors should be selective but there are a number of long-term drivers in support of the Asset Management sector.
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|FTSE All Share||3,714.45||-0.69%|
|Paris CAC 40||4,869.25||-0.98%|
|Tullow Oil plc||364.80||+2.10%|
|Taylor Wimpey plc||147.90||+2.07%|
|Morrison (Wm) Supermarkets||202.00||+1.61%|
|Hargreaves Lansdown plc||1171.00||+0.95%|
|Sainsbury (J) plc||273.70||+0.63%|
|Smith & Nephew plc||1131.00||-5.67%|
|Travis Perkins plc||1944.00||-4.00%|
|RSA Insurance Group||420.20||-3.25%|
|International Consolidated Airlines Group SA||556.00||-3.14%|