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Barclays Stockbrokers Clients Favoured a Bite of Apple in 2011

• US and Canadian exchanges favoured on ‘International Trader’ platform in 2011

• US and European ‘blue chips’ are top stocks

• Apple was the top international stock purchase in 2011

One year on from the launch of its International Trader platform, Barclays Stockbrokers reveals the international exchanges favoured by its clients, and the top traded stocks on the platform.

The UK’s largest execution-only retail broker launched International Trader in January 2011 to meet demand from clients to capitalise on international investment opportunities. On the first anniversary of the platform’s launch, Barclays Stockbrokers reveals that in 2011 its clients favoured the US and Canadian exchanges, accounting for over 70% of the deal flow – with the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ taking first and second place. Exchanges in Australia and Frankfurt followed closely behind1.

In terms of international stocks, clients focussed on a mixture of US and European ‘blue chips’ in 2011, as well as Canadian and Australian mining stocks. The technology sector dominated, with Apple the most popular purchase, and Hewlett Packard and Google also in the top ten2. Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway also proved of interest to Barclays Stockbrokers clients – taking fifth spot in the top purchased international stocks in 2011.

Paul Inkster, Head of Product, Barclays Stockbrokers, said: “One year on the demand for investing internationally has grown strongly amongst our clients, and the appetite for such a broad range of sectors and markets is interesting.

“Our International Trader platform is designed for self-directed clients who prefer to pick their own stocks and are looking for opportunities in global equity markets. The online platform is truly state-of-the-art and provides efficient, cost-effective access to developed global equity markets, as well as allowing traders and investors to tailor their portfolio to suit their own individual needs.”