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Friday Five: UK companies to profit from emerging markets
The UK and wider European economy will continue to be weak this year. Thankfully many of our major companies have long since learnt to look elsewhere for profits.
by Chris Marshall on Jan 25, 2013 at 08:00Follow @cmarshallCW
All hail British PLC. While David Cameron does his utmost to disentangle the UK from a major trading bloc, Europe, major British companies are shifting their wares in much further flung parts of the planet.
Thankfully, the FTSE 100 isn’t dependent on the domestic economy to grow, but contains globe-trotting companies that long ago realised that fast growing markets are in places like Asia and South America.
But while chancellor George Osborne likes to boast of huge increases in trade to emerging markets, still too few companies have managed to really crack the tough markets of China and its neighbours.
The ones that have will be heavily sought-after by investors this year, with global banks including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Citi all propounding the benefits of investing in stocks that are exposed to faster growing economies when the UK and Europe are so weak.
Here are five that are on the right track for long-term investors:
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- Unilever PLC (ULVR.L)
- Diageo PLC (DGE.L)
- Bhp Billiton PLC (BLT.L)
- Experian PLC (EXPN.L)
- GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK.L)
- Standard Chartered PLC (STAN.L)
- HSBC Holdings PLC (HSBA.L)
- Vedanta Resources PLC (VED.L)
- Antofagasta PLC (ANTO.L)
- Rio Tinto PLC (RIO.L)
- Anglo American PLC (AAL.L)
- SABMiller PLC (SAB.L)
- Tate & Lyle PLC (TATE.L)
- Shire PLC (SHP.L)
- AstraZeneca PLC (AZN.L)
- Weir Group PLC (WEIR.L)
- Intertek Group PLC (ITRK.L)
- Prudential PLC (PRU.L)
- Pearson PLC (PSON.L)
- British American Tobacco PLC (BATS.L)
- Burberry Group PLC (BRBY.L)
- ARM Holdings PLC (ARM.L)
- Inmarsat PLC (ISA.L)
- InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG.L)
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