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One year on from the Pfizer vaccine: What stocks have fared the best and worst?

Stock MarketsNov 05, 2021 10:56
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By Samuel Indyk

Investing.com – It’s been almost a year since Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) and BioNTech (NASDAQ:BNTX) announced positive data from their Phase 3 trial of their vaccine for COVID-19, paving the way for the economic recovery that has seen stocks across the globe reach record highs and surges in other assets such as cryptocurrencies, lumber, base metals, and oil.

Analysts at AJ Bell have highlighted some winners (and losers) in the UK’s FTSE All-Share since the day Pfizer announced their positive data from the trial.

Leading the way in the UK with a gain of over 260% is technology and data consultancy Kin + Carta.

The likes of Meggitt (LON:MGGT) (+150%) and U and I (LON:UAI) (+150%) have benefitted from takeover interest but there are also a number of firms that were hit during the start of the pandemic that have since bounced back.

High-street bakery Greggs (LON:GRG) has risen almost 130% in the last year while Tullow Oil (LON:TLW) has risen 150% following a rebound in oil prices, which recently traded at their highest level since 2014.

Firms in the travel & leisure industry have also performed well, including transportation company FirstGroup (LON:FGP) (+125%), cruise ship operator Saga (LON:SAGA) (+126%), and airport services firm John Menzies (LON:MNZS) (+160%).

At the other end of the spectrum and the worst performing stock in the FTSE All-Share since Pfizer’s announcement is online electronics appliance retailer Ao World (LON:AO) (-66%). Another pandemic winner that has struggled since has been Ocado (LON:OCDO), whose shares have fallen 32% in the last year, not helped by a fire and one of their warehouses.

A number of mining companies, including Hochschild Mining (LON:HOCM), Fresnillo (LON:FRES), Centamin (LON:CEY), Polymetal (LON:POLYP), and Petropavlovsk (LON:POG) are among the worst performing stocks over the last year.

“Presumably investors feel that havens such as precious metals are no longer required and that neither are their producers, although in many cases these firms are very profitable, producing cash and paying dividends,” said AJ Bell Investment Director Russ Mould.

One year on from the Pfizer vaccine: What stocks have fared the best and worst?
 

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