3 Shares The FTSE Should Beat Today

Published in Investing on 31 August 2012

Torotrak (LSE: TRK) and bwin.party (LSE: BPTY) fall on unwelcome news.

The FTSE 100 (UKX) is hovering around August's average, standing 17 points up at 5,736 points at the time of writing. It's a relatively quiet time of year with markets still uncertain and awaiting further economic news.

But even if the Footsie is up a bit today, there are individual members of the various indices that are not so lucky. Here are three whose shares the FTSE should beat today...

bwin.party

Online entertainment and gaming operator bwin.party digital (LSE: BPTY) slipped 4.2p (4.2%) to 95p on the morning of its latest half-year report. Overall revenues are slightly up, at €410m (from €398m at the same stage last year), but poker revenue is falling -- down from €105m to €96.4m. The firm's interim pre-tax loss was cut from €35.7m to €15.3m.

Joint chief executives Jim Ryan and Norbert Teufelberger said in today's statement: "Poker is a key area of focus and we are determined to return it to growth." Shares in bwin.party are now down 45% from their February peak of 177p.

Torotrak

Torotrak (LSE: TRK) fell 4.4% to 36.3p on the news that chief executive Dick Elsy is stepping down and will leave the board. Mr Elsy, who has been at the helm of the transmission systems developer for 10 years, will take up a government post as head of the new 'High Value Manufacturing Catapult'. We wish him well.

Torotrak shares have now fallen back from a 2011 peak of 62p, for a near 40% loss, but they're well up on 2009's low of 11p -- ALthough the ride has been a very bumpy one.

Robert Walters

Recruitment specialist Robert Walters (LSE: RWA) fell 6.5p (3.4%) to 185p, the day after fellow recruiter Hays (LSE: HAS) reported tough business conditions. Though Robert Walters is not due to issue a third-quarter interim update until October, current forecasts suggest a near 50% fall in earnings per share for the full year, and there will surely be fears now that even this could come under pressure. The shares are down 30% since their recent peak of 265p in April.

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> Alan does not own any shares mentioned in this article.

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