3 Shares the FTSE 100 Should Beat Today


LONDON -- The FTSE 100 appears to have put the woes of Cyprus behind it today. Market sentiment does seem to be exceptionally short-term these days. The U.K.'s top index has recovered 0.53% to 6,423 by 10:20 a.m. EDT, though it has been held back a little by falling bank shares.

But other shares are falling further. Here are three that look unlikely to match the FTSE today.

Homeserve shares have dropped 6.6% to 208 pence after the firm, which provides home emergency insurance and repairs, warned of a fall in U.K. business and announced the loss of 300 U.K. jobs. The firm now expects business for 2014 and 2015 in the U.K. to suffer as it awaits the outcome of an FSA investigation into allegations of misselling.

It's not the kind of thing that inspires customer confidence, and that is reflected in forecasts of an 18% fall in earnings for the year to March 2013. Expectations of a further 14% fall for 2014 may well be revised further downwards now.

Shares in fashion retailer Mulberry Group have dropped 16.8% to 1,027 pence in reaction to a profit warning this morning. Trading since the Christmas shopping period has turned out weaker than expected, and the purveyor of up-market handbags now expects profit to be lower than market expectations.

With wholesale sales down 15%, the firm says full-year revenue will be around 165 million pounds. Pre-tax profit of approximately 26 million pounds is expected, which is down about a third on last year and lower than the 31 million pound consensus estimate.

Stanley Gibbons
Stanley Gibbons Group shares have fallen 2.2% to 274 pence, knocking some of the shine off recent rises -- but they're still up about 35% over the past 12 months. The driver today was the release of full-year results for December 2012, which looked good.

Sales were flat at 35.6 million pounds, but the firm has moved toward higher-margin business, so adjusted pre-tax profit rose 11% to 6 million pounds, with adjusted earnings per share up 10% to 21.44 pence. Internet sales appear to be booming, with a rise of 55% on the previous year -- and the 2011 figure was itself 27% up on the previous year.

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