Top 5 FTSE stocks to hold no matter what! - Kalkine Media

December 28, 2021 12:44 AM GMT | By Suhita Poddar
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The rise of the Omicron variant and the current so-called ‘stealth lockdown’ has once again driven investors to seek out stocks that can be resilient under any conditions.

Some characteristics, which can be considered a good indicator for holding a stock no matter what, include:

  • Blue-chip stocks: typically, blue-chip stocks are considered well-known and mature companies and are considered a relatively lower risk than a penny or other types of stocks.
  • Dividend-paying stocks: Stocks that have a history of paying out dividends on a regular basis.
  • High returns over a long period: Stocks that have given a high return over a certain number of years also indicate a stock’s ability to maintain high performance over time.

Thus, let us take a closer look at the top 5 such stocks, having a 5-year total return cross-asset of over 260 per cent and are dividend-paying:

  1. Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust PLC (LON: SMT)

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust PLC is an investment management company.

The company’s revenue earnings per share (EPS), for the 6 months to 30 Sep, was at 0.62 pence, compared to 0.48 pence from the year before.

Its interim dividend per share was at 1.52 pence, up from 1.45 pence in the year before.

Scottish Mortgage Investment has a market cap of £ 19,382.28 million and a one-year return of 13.41 per cent as of 23 December.

The company’s 5-year total return cross-asset was at 332.0 per cent, and its dividend yield was at 0.3 per cent as of 23 December.

  1. Ashtead Group PLC (LON: AHT)

Ashtead Group is a UK based industrial equipment rental group.

The group’s first-half 2021 revenue stood at US$ 3,884 million, higher by 18 per cent from US$ 3,258 million in the year before.

Ashtead has a market cap of £26,768.66 million and a one-year return of 74.46 per cent as of 23 December.

The company’s 5-year total return cross-asset was at 309.2 per cent, and its dividend yield was at 0.8 per cent as of 23 December.

  1. Spirax-Sarco Engineering PLC (LON: SPX)

Spirax-Sarco Engineering is a manufacturing company.

The group’s net borrowings, as of 31 October was at £131 million, compared to £193 million as of 30 June. 

It had declared an interim dividend per share of 38.5 pence.

The group has a market cap of £ 11,557.11 million, and a one-year return of 37.59 per cent as of 23 December.

The company’s 5-year total return cross-asset was at 301.9 per cent and its dividend yield was at 0.8 per cent as of 23 December.

  1. Segro PLC (REIT) (LON: SGRO)

Segro is a real estate investment trust.

Its signed new headline rent, for the period from 1 July 2021 to 19 October 2021, was at £26 million, compared to £16 million in the previous year.

The group has a market cap of £16,702.09 million and a one-year return of 50.76 per cent as of 23 December.

The company’s 5-year total return cross-asset was at 276.7 per cent, and its dividend yield was at 1.6 per cent as of 23 December.

  1. Halma PLC (LON: HLMA)

Halma is a global group of safety equipment firms. Its revenue, for the 6 months to 30 September, rose by 19 per cent to £737.2 million.

Its adjusted Profit before Taxation, during the period, increased by 27 per cent to £154.9 million.

The group has a market cap of £ 11,962.62 million and a one-year return of 28.28 per cent as of 23 December.

The company’s 5-year total return cross-asset was at 261.8 per cent, and its dividend yield was at 0.6 per cent as of 23 December.


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