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Barclays Stockbrokers Clients Name Top Investment Sector for 2012

• Investors name Oil and Gas as top investment sector

• Almost half of investors reveal bullish investment outlook for the FTSE 100

Barclays Stockbrokers clients have revealed the sector they believe offers the best investment opportunities for 2012.

Investors were asked to name the sector they felt would offer the best prospects for their portfolio this year, and the research revealed Oil and Gas topped the list, with backing from 21 per cent of respondents. The Financial sector took second spot with 18 per cent of the vote, followed by the Mining sector in third place (15 per cent) and Utilities in fourth spot (eight per cent).

The research also found investors are bullish in their outlook for the FTSE 100. Barclays Stockbrokers clients were asked for their outlook for the FTSE in 2012, and responses show that almost half of investors (46 per cent) said they had a bullish outlook and were confident that the FTSE will rally. A third (30 per cent) said they were undecided on their FTSE outlook for the year, while 24 per cent said they were not confident in FTSE performance in the year ahead.

Paul Inkster, Co-Head of Product, Barclays Stockbrokers, said: “It is great to see our self-directed investors have a positive outlook for the sectors that will deliver for their portfolios this year, and are optimistic about the performance of the FTSE 100. With returns on cash consistently low it is encouraging to see investors confidently seeking out the right investment opportunities for them, and capitalising on market volatility where possible.”