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Could the FTSE 100 be set to soar in 2024?

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The FTSE 100 broke by 8,000 factors in early April. May we see the beginning of a long-awaited bull run?

Nicely, no. At the least, it appears, not but.

The Footsie took a quick look above 8,000, didn’t like what it noticed, and rapidly ducked down once more. It’s right down to 7,850 factors on the time of writing.

So what’s unsuitable? In any case, forecasts for our high UK shares look robust. They’ve dipped a bit as estimates have been scaled again. And we’re nonetheless ready for 2023 outcomes to all are available in.

10% earnings development

However analysts predict whole earnings development from FTSE 100 shares in 2023 of near 10%.

At first of the 12 months, the FTSE 100 was on an total price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of about 11. The index has gained a little bit since then, however after this newest retreat, actually not very a lot in any respect.

The typical P/E over the previous decade has been round 16, and that’s near the Footsie’s long-term common.

Assuming it should get again round that mark, and factoring in that potential 10% earnings development, I reckon the FTSE 100 might simply be 30% undervalued proper now.


After which let’s add within the forecast dividend yield. In keeping with AJ Bell‘s Dividend Dashboard, the Metropolis places it at 3.9% for the 12 months simply ended. And we see 4.2% for 2024, which is traditionally robust.

Buyers can get greater than that from a Money ISA proper now, and that’s assured. However as soon as rates of interest fall, that may’t final.

By the tip of the 12 months, if we get the rate of interest cuts we hope for, Money ISAs, gilts and bonds might all look quite a bit much less enticing. May that be the spur for a serious transfer again into shares and shares?

Low cost inventory?

For instance of how crazily low cost I feel some FTSE 100 shares are proper now, let’s have a look at Lloyds Banking Group (LSE: LLOY). For no different cause, actually, than that I personal some.

The ahead Lloyds dividend stands at 5.4%. And the forecast P/E for 2024 is simply 9. What’s extra, development forecasts for the subsequent few years would drop the P/E as little as six, and push the dividend yield near 7%.

Are UK investor mad to not wish to snap up a discount like that?

Nicely, the short-term threat remains to be there, with rates of interest hurting Lloyds’ mortgage enterprise. And once they fall, we must always see decrease lending margins… it hurts whichever means we have a look at it. I feel Lloyds shares might nicely face additional weak point.


However by far the most important issue, for me no less than, is UK investor sentiment. Whereas the concern remains to be right here, UK share costs may nicely keep low.

Nonetheless, I actually do suppose we might see a lift in inventory market confidence within the second half of this 12 months.

And if the FTSE 100 doesn’t finish the 12 months nicely above 8,000 factors… nicely, we’ll simply be capable to purchase shares low cost for a bit longer.


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