3 Shares The FTSE Should Beat Today

Published in Investing on 10 December 2012

Greggs (LSE: GRG) slips as the boss leaves, and Coal of Africa (LSE: CZA) has environmental problems.

The FTSE 100 (UKX) is pretty flat today, just eight points down on last Friday's close to 5,906. The index has enjoyed a few weeks of gains, and is way up from the 12-month low of 5,229 points that it dipped to in June.

There's not a huge amount of movement in individual share prices either today, but there are a few that aren't doing too well. Here are three that are falling:

Greggs

Shares in high-street baker Greggs (LSE: GRG) slipped 13p (2.7%) to 473p after the firm told us that chief executive Ken McMeikan is to leave the company, to take up the same role at Brakes Group. Mr McMeikan will stay in his current role until the search for a replacement has concluded.

Greggs shares have had a somewhat erratic year this year, and are currently trading about 5% below their price of 12 months ago. But full-year forecasts for this year and next are reasonably positive, with a dividend yield in excess of 4% expected.

Eurasian Natural Resources

Eurasian Natural Resources (LSE: ENRC) shares fell further today, down another 7.4p (2.6%) to 276p after the firm announced the acquisition of the remaining 49.5% of the shares in Camrose Resources. The reason was given as "simplifying the group's organisational structure and consolidating its position within the Democratic Republic of the Congo".

Eurasian shares are now down more than 60% from this year's peak price of 750p set in January, as it suffers a year of falling earnings.

Coal of Africa

It's not been a good day for commodities producers, as Coal of Africa (LSE: CZA) shares lost further ground, falling 8% to 11.5p, after an environmental dispute concerning the Mapungubwe region. The firm had a memorandum of understanding with the Save Mapungubwe Coalition, but the coalition has withdrawn after airing claims that Coal of Africa has been, and still is, not in compliance with water legislation, and that there are other "detrimental impacts".

Coal of Africa shares are now worth just 15% of their 2012 high of 74.5p, reached at the end of February.

Finally, how does Britain’s ace investor Neil Woodford avoid share price falls? He goes for a strategy of buying solid blue-chip shares paying dependable long-term dividends. And in doing so, he's built a record of beating the FTSE for nine straight years.

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

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