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Spread Betting on Mid-Caps and Small-Caps

Spread Betting on Mid-Caps and Small-Caps


Note that, in spread betting and CFD trading, the FTSE 250 is often called the UK 250.


Where Can I Spread Bet on the FTSE 250?


You can financial spread bet on the FTSE 250 stock index with:

IG Index
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Broker Ratings for FTSE 250 Companies


Below are some of the more recent broker ratings for FTSE 250 firms. To drill down and see more ratings for a particular company, click on the company link.

Date Company Broker
Rating
Broker Last Price Target Price Potential
24-Nov-14TalkTalk Telecom Group Brokers Tips - OverweightOverweightJPMorgan29338029.70%
24-Nov-14Imagination Technologies Group Brokers Tips - OverweightOverweightJPMorgan197.2527539.40%
24-Nov-14Hochschild Mining Brokers Tips - HoldHoldNumis Securities Ltd101.314038.20%
24-Nov-14Ferrexpo Brokers Tips - HoldHoldNumis Securities Ltd72.4510038.00%
24-Nov-14Stobart Group Ltd Brokers Tips - BuyBuyOriel Securities Ltd9917374.70%
24-Nov-14Salamander Energy Brokers Tips - HoldHoldCanaccord Genuity Corp93.2512129.80%
24-Nov-14Pace Brokers Tips - BuyBuyCanaccord Genuity Corp355.445728.60%
24-Nov-14DS Smith Brokers Tips - OverweightOverweightJPMorgan289.136827.30%
24-Nov-14Babcock International Group Brokers Tips - OverweightOverweightJPMorgan1184150026.70%
24-Nov-14Bodycote Brokers Tips - BuyBuyInvestec603.574523.40%

For all the latest broker ratings also see Daily Broker Tips.
This is Not Investment Advice


Spread Betting on FTSE 250 Companies


If you are interesting in spread betting on UK Mid-Cap companies, we have some examples below.

Many of the companies have real-time charts and prices, we also walk you through the most popular spread betting questions for that Mid-Cap firm:

Company Name Symbol UK Mid-Cap Shares
Spread Betting Guides »
Charts &
Prices
888 888.L 888 Spread Betting Guide 888.L Prices and Chart
Afren AFR.L Afren Spread Betting Guide AFR.L Prices and Chart
African Barrick Gold ABG.L African Barrick Gold Spread Betting Guide ABG.L Prices and Chart
Amlin AML.L Amlin Spread Betting Guide AML.L Prices and Chart
Ashmore ASHM.L Ashmore Spread Betting Guide ASHM.L Prices and Chart
Ashtead AHT.L Ashtead Spread Betting Guide AHT.L Prices and Chart
Atkins ATK.L Atkins Spread Betting Guide ATK.L Prices and Chart
AZ Electronic Materials AZEM.L AZ Electronic Materials Spread Betting Guide AZEM.L Prices and Chart
Balfour Beatty BBY.L Balfour Beatty Spread Betting Guide BBY.L Prices and Chart
Barratt Developments BDEV.L Barratt Developments Spread Betting Guide BDEV.L Prices and Chart
Bellway BWY.L Bellway Spread Betting Guide BWY.L Prices and Chart
Berkeley Group Holdings BKG.L Berkeley Group Holdings Spread Betting Guide BKG.L Prices and Chart
Betfair BET.L Betfair Spread Betting Guide BET.L Prices and Chart
Bovis Homes BVS.L Bovis Homes Spread Betting Guide BVS.L Prices and Chart
Britvic BVIC.L Britvic Spread Betting Guide BVIC.L Prices and Chart
Brown (N.) Group BWNG.L Brown (N.) Group Spread Betting Guide BWNG.L Prices and Chart
Bwin.party BPTY.L Bwin.party Spread Betting Guide BPTY.L Prices and Chart
Cable and Wireless Communications CWC.L Cable and Wireless Communications Spread Betting Guide CWC.L Prices and Chart
Cairn Energy CNE.L Cairn Energy Spread Betting Guide CNE.L Prices and Chart
Carillion CLLN.L Carillion Spread Betting Guide CLLN.L Prices and Chart
Carpetright CPR.L Carpetright Spread Betting Guide CPR.L Prices and Chart
Centamin Egypt CEY.L Centamin Egypt Spread Betting Guide CEY.L Prices and Chart
Chemring Group CHG.L Chemring Group Spread Betting Guide CHG.L Prices and Chart
Cobham COB.L Cobham Spread Betting Guide COB.L Prices and Chart
CSR CSR.L CSR Spread Betting Guide CSR.L Prices and Chart
Daily Mail & General Trust DMGT.L Daily Mail & General Trust Spread Betting Guide DMGT.L Prices and Chart
Debenhams DEB.L Debenhams Spread Betting Guide DEB.L Prices and Chart
Dominos DOM.L Dominos Spread Betting Guide DOM.L Prices and Chart
Drax Group DRX.L Drax Group Spread Betting Guide DRX.L Prices and Chart
Essar Energy ESSR.L Essar Energy Spread Betting Guide ESSR.L Prices and Chart
Euromoney Institutional Investors ERM.L Euromoney Institutional Investors Spread Betting Guide ERM.L Prices and Chart
Fenner FENR.L Fenner Spread Betting Guide FENR.L Prices and Chart
Ferrexpo FXPO.L Ferrexpo Spread Betting Guide FXPO.L Prices and Chart
Grainger GRI.L Grainger Spread Betting Guide GRI.L Prices and Chart
Great Portland Estates GPOR.L Great Portland Estates Spread Betting Guide GPOR.L Prices and Chart
Greggs GRG.L Greggs Spread Betting Guide GRG.L Prices and Chart
Halfords HFD.L Halfords Spread Betting Guide HFD.L Prices and Chart
Hochschild Mining HOC.L Hochschild Mining Spread Betting Guide HOC.L Prices and Chart
Home Retail HOME.L Home Retail Spread Betting Guide HOME.L Prices and Chart
Hunting HTG.L Hunting Spread Betting Guide HTG.L Prices and Chart
ICAP IAP.L ICAP Spread Betting Guide IAP.L Prices and Chart
Imagination Technologies IMG.L Imagination Technologies Spread Betting Guide IMG.L Prices and Chart
Informa INF.L Informa Spread Betting Guide INF.L Prices and Chart
Inmarsat ISAT.L Inmarsat Spread Betting Guide ISAT.L Prices and Chart
Investec INVP.L Investec Spread Betting Guide INVP.L Prices and Chart
Jardine Lloyd Thompson JLT.L Jardine Lloyd Thompson Spread Betting Guide JLT.L Prices and Chart
John Menzies MNZS.L John Menzies Spread Betting Guide MNZS.L Prices and Chart
Kazakhmys KAZ.L Kazakhmys Spread Betting Guide KAZ.L Prices and Chart
Kenmare Resources KMR.L Kenmare Resources Spread Betting Guide KMR.L Prices and Chart
Ladbrokes LAD.L Ladbrokes Spread Betting Guide LAD.L Prices and Chart
Lancashire Holdings LRE.L Lancashire Holdings Spread Betting Guide LRE.L Prices and Chart
Lonmin LMI.L Lonmin Spread Betting Guide LMI.L Prices and Chart
Man Group EMG.L Man Group Spread Betting Guide EMG.L Prices and Chart
Marstons MARS.L Marstons Spread Betting Guide MARS.L Prices and Chart
Michael Page International MPI.L Michael Page International Spread Betting Guide MPI.L Prices and Chart
Mondi MNDI.L Mondi Spread Betting Guide MNDI.L Prices and Chart
Moneysupermarket.com MONY.L Moneysupermarket.com Spread Betting Guide MONY.L Prices and Chart
Ocado OCDO.L Ocado Spread Betting Guide OCDO.L Prices and Chart
Persimmon PSN.L Persimmon Spread Betting Guide PSN.L Prices and Chart
Petra Diamonds PDL.L Petra Diamonds Spread Betting Guide PDL.L Prices and Chart
Petropavlovsk POG.L Petropavlovsk Spread Betting Guide POG.L Prices and Chart
Phoenix Group PHNX.L Phoenix Group Spread Betting Guide PHNX.L Prices and Chart
Premier Oil PMO.L Premier Oil Spread Betting Guide PMO.L Prices and Chart
Provident Financial PFG.L Provident Financial Spread Betting Guide PFG.L Prices and Chart
Qinetiq QQ.L Qinetiq Spread Betting Guide QQ.L Prices and Chart
Rank RNK.L Rank Spread Betting Guide RNK.L Prices and Chart
Regus RGU.L Regus Spread Betting Guide RGU.L Prices and Chart
Rentokil Initial RTO.L Rentokil Initial Spread Betting Guide RTO.L Prices and Chart
Salamander Energy SMDR.L Salamander Energy Spread Betting Guide SMDR.L Prices and Chart
Soco International SIA.L Soco International Spread Betting Guide SIA.L Prices and Chart
Spectris SXS.L Spectris Spread Betting Guide SXS.L Prices and Chart
Sports Direct SPD.L Sports Direct Spread Betting Guide SPD.L Prices and Chart
Stagecoach SGC.L Stagecoach Spread Betting Guide SGC.L Prices and Chart
SuperGroup SGP.L SuperGroup Spread Betting Guide SGP.L Prices and Chart
TalkTalk TALK.L TalkTalk Spread Betting Guide TALK.L Prices and Chart
Taylor Wimpey TW.L Taylor Wimpey Spread Betting Guide TW.L Prices and Chart
Ted Baker TED.L Ted Baker Spread Betting Guide TED.L Prices and Chart
Thomas Cook TCG.L Thomas Cook Spread Betting Guide TCG.L Prices and Chart
Travis Perkins TPK.L Travis Perkins Spread Betting Guide TPK.L Prices and Chart
TSB TSB.L TSB Spread Betting Guide TSB.L Prices and Chart
United Business Media UBM.L United Business Media Spread Betting Guide UBM.L Prices and Chart
Victrex VCT.L Victrex Spread Betting Guide VCT.L Prices and Chart
WH Smith SMWH.L WH Smith Spread Betting Guide SMWH.L Prices and Chart
William Hill WMH.L William Hill Spread Betting Guide WMH.L Prices and Chart


Financial Spread Betting on UK Small Caps


With spread betting you can also trade 'Small Caps', although the spreads are sometimes quite wide for these companies.

There is a small list of Small Caps below, again we talk you through the popular trading questions for that company.

If we haven't prepared a page yet on your chosen company, simply contact us to let us know.

Company NameSymbolFTSE 250 Shares Spread Betting Guides »
Aquarius PlatinumAQP.LAquarius Platinum Spread Betting
Exillon EnergyEXI.LExillon Energy Spread Betting
Johnston PressJPR.LJohnston-Press Spread Betting
MothercareMTC.LMothercare Spread Betting
Premier FoodsPFD.LPremier Foods Spread Betting
Punch TavernsPUB.LPunch Taverns Spread Betting
Talvivaara Mining CompanyTALV.LTalvivaara Mining Company Spread Betting


Where Can I Spread Bet on the FTSE 250 for Free?


Investing does involve risks. However, if you would like to open a completely free Test Account, which lets you try spread betting, please see below for further details.

When looking at which investment option might work for you, also remember that in the UK, spread trading is free of capital gains tax, income tax and stamp duty*.

If you want to try a free spread trading platform, note that you are able to take a position on the FTSE 250 with no brokers' fees or commissions with firms such as:

Free Demo Account


If you are looking for a completely free Demo Account that lets users try financial spread betting, including markets like EUR/USD, gold and the FTSE 250, then you could take a look at: The above spread betting companies provide a free Practice Account that allows investors to try out new strategies, analyse professional charts and gain experience with an array of orders.


How to Spread Bet on the FTSE 250

How to Spread Bet on the FTSE 250?


As with a wide range of financial markets, it is possible to speculate on stock market indices, like the FTSE 250, to either increase or decrease.

Logging into InterTrader, we can see that they are currently showing the FTSE 250 Rolling Daily market at 11760 - 11790. Therefore, an investor could put a spread bet on the FTSE 250 market:

  FTSE 250 Trading Example Increasing above 11790, or
  FTSE 250 Spread Trading Example Decreasing below 11760

When spread betting on the FTSE 250 index you trade in x per point. Therefore, if you chose to invest 4 per point and the FTSE 250 moves 29 points then that would change your profit/loss by 116. 4 per point x 29 points = 116.

Rolling Daily Indices Markets

An important aspect of this Rolling Daily Market is that it does not have a set closing date. If you decide to leave your trade open at the end of the day, it will simply roll over to the next session.

If you allow your position to roll over and are spread betting on the market to:

  FTSE 250 Spread Trading Example Move higher - then you will usually be charged a small overnight financing fee, or
  FTSE 250 Spread Trading Example Move lower - then you'll usually receive a small credit to your account

To learn more please read Rolling Daily Spread Betting.


FTSE 250 Trading Example 1


Now, if we think about the spread of 11760 - 11790 and make the assumptions:
  • You have done your analysis of the markets, and
  • You think that the FTSE 250 index will increase and go higher than 11790
Then you could go long of the market at 11790 and risk, for the sake of argument, 2 per point.

With such a bet you make a profit of 2 for every point that the FTSE 250 index pushes above 11790. On the other hand, it also means you will make a loss of 2 for every point that the FTSE 250 market decreases below 11790.

Looking at this from another angle, should you Buy a spread bet then your P&L is calculated by taking the difference between the closing price of the market and the initial price you bought the market at. You then multiply that price difference by the stake.

If after a few hours the UK stock market moved higher then you could consider closing your spread bet and therefore lock in your profits.

As an example, if the mid-cap index increased then the spread, set by the spread trading firm, might move up to 11867 - 11897. You would close/settle your spread bet by selling at 11867. Therefore, with the same 2 stake your profit would come to:

Profit = (Settlement Value - Initial Value) x stake
Profit = (11867 - 11790) x 2 per point stake
Profit = 77 x 2 per point stake
Profit = 154 profit

Trading indices, by spread betting or otherwise, can work against you. In this case, you wanted the UK index to go up. Nevertheless, the index could go down.

If the FTSE 250 index weakened, against your expectations, then you could choose to close your spread bet to stop any further losses.

Should the spread fall back to 11722 - 11752 then you would close your position by selling at 11722. That would mean you would make a loss of:

Loss = (Settlement Value - Initial Value) x stake
Loss = (11722 - 11790) x 2 per point stake
Loss = -68 x 2 per point stake
Loss = -136 loss

Note: FTSE 250 Rolling Daily spread betting market taken as of 20-Nov-12.


Advert: Spread Betting on Mid-Caps and Small-Caps, sponsored by FinancialSpreads.com.
You can spread bet on the FTSE 250 with Financial Spreads.


How to Spread Bet on the UK 250

How to Spread Bet on the UK 250 - Example 2


Logging onto FinancialSpreads, you can see that they are pricing the UK 250 Rolling Daily market at 11757 - 11787. This means an investor can spread trade on the UK 250 index:

  UK 250 Spread Betting Example Rising above 11787, or
  UK 250 Spread Trading Example Falling below 11757

Whilst making a spread bet on the UK 250 index you trade in x per point. As a result, if you staked 2 per point and the UK 250 moves 24 points then that would be a difference to your profit/loss of 48. 2 per point x 24 points = 48.

Now, if we think about the spread of 11757 - 11787 and assume that:
  • You have done your research, and
  • You think that the UK 250 index will move above 11787
Then you could decide that you are going to go long of the market at 11787 and invest, for example, 3 per point.

This means that you win 3 for every point that the UK 250 index increases higher than 11787. However, you will lose 3 for every point that the UK 250 market goes below 11787.

Put another way, should you buy a spread bet then your profits (or losses) are calculated by taking the difference between the settlement price of the market and the initial price you bought the market at. You then multiply that difference in price by the stake.

Therefore, if after a few trading sessions the UK stock market started to rise you might decide to close your trade in order to guarantee your profit.

As an example, if the market increased then the spread might move to 11834 - 11864. You would close your spread bet by selling at 11834. As a result, with the same 3 stake this trade would result in a profit of:

Profit / loss = (Closing Price - Opening Price) x stake
Profit / loss = (11834 - 11787) x 3 per point stake
Profit / loss = 47 x 3 per point stake
Profit / loss = 141 profit

Speculating on indices, by spread trading or otherwise, is not easy. In this example, you had bet that the UK index would increase. Naturally, the index could decrease.

If the UK 250 market began to drop then you could choose to close your spread bet to stop any further losses.

If the spread dropped to 11734 - 11764 then you would settle your trade by selling at 11734. Accordingly, your loss would be:

Profit / loss = (Closing Price - Opening Price) x stake
Profit / loss = (11734 - 11787) x 3 per point stake
Profit / loss = -53 x 3 per point stake
Profit / loss = -159 loss

Note - UK 250 Rolling Daily spread correct as of 26-Sep-12.


Where Can I Find Live Spread Betting Prices and Charts for the FTSE 250?


Should you want to check real-time trading charts/prices for the FTSE 250, you generally require a spread trading account. Readers should note that such accounts are subject to suitability and status checks.

Should your account application be approved then you will be able to log on and look at the live charts and prices. On most platforms, these will be provided as part of the service, however, you could receive the occasional letter or sales call from the relevant spread trading company.

If you want to spread bet then, before you start, you should note that spread trading involves a significant level of risk to your funds and it's possible to lose more than your initial deposit.

Although charting software and packages tend to vary across the industry, most charts come with useful features such as:
  • A range of intervals, for example, 3 minutes, 1 hour, 1 day and so on
  • A variety of display options, for example, bar, line and candlestick charts
  • Tools for drawing features, for example, Fibonacci Arcs, Fans and Time Zones
  • Chart overlays and technical indicators, for example, MACD, Parabolic SAR, TSI and so on
Charts provided by Inter Trader also include more advanced features like:
  • Back Testing tools
  • Customised email alerts that trigger when a market hits a particular level

Financial Spreads indices candlestick chart

FTSE 250 Trading Guide - Example Chart


The financial spread betting companies listed below offer clients live charts and prices:

Advert: Spread Betting on Mid-Caps and Small-Caps, sponsored by FinancialSpreads.com.
You can spread bet on the FTSE 250 with Financial Spreads.


UK Techmark Spread Betting


You can currently spread bet on the UK Techmark at:

» IG Index



How to Spread Bet on the UK Techmark

How to Spread Bet on the UK Techmark?


As with most key markets, investors can speculate on stock market indices, such as the UK Techmark, to either rise or fall.

Looking at a website like IGIndex, you can see they are currently pricing the UK Techmark March Futures market at 2399 - 2416. As a result, an investor could spread trade on the UK Techmark market:

  UK Techmark Trading Example Finishing above 2416, or
  UK Techmark Spread Betting Example Finishing below 2399

On the settlement date for this 'March' market, 19-Mar-13.

When making a spread bet on the UK Techmark index you trade in x per point. As a result, should you decide to risk 5 per point and the UK Techmark moves 25 points then that would make a difference to your profit/loss of 125. 5 per point x 25 points = 125.

For short term trading on stock market indices also see Stock Market Indices Rolling Daily Spread Betting.

So, if we take the spread of 2399 - 2416 and assume that:
  • You have completed your analysis of the markets, and
  • Your analysis leads you to think that the UK Techmark index will close above 2416 by 19-Mar-13
Then you could choose to go long of the market at 2416 for a stake of, for example, 2 per point.

With such a bet you make a profit of 2 for every point that the UK Techmark index rises higher than 2416. Nevertheless, you will make a loss of 2 for every point that the UK Techmark market goes below 2416.

Looked at another way, if you buy a spread bet then your P&L is calculated by taking the difference between the final price of the market and the price you bought the market at. You then multiply that difference in price by the stake.

Subsequently, if, on the expiry date, the UK Techmark index closed at 2464, then:

Profit = (Settlement Price - Opening Price) x stake
Profit = (2464 - 2416) x 2 per point stake
Profit = 48 x 2 per point stake
Profit = 96.00 profit

Speculating on the UK stock market is rarely straightforward. In this case, you had bet that the UK index would go up. Naturally, the index could fall.

If the Techmark had fallen and the UK Techmark closed lower at 2359, then you would end up making a loss on this spread bet.

Loss = (Settlement Price - Opening Price) x stake
Loss = (2359 - 2416) x 2 per point stake
Loss = -57 x 2 per point stake
Loss = -114.00 loss

Note - UK Techmark March Futures spread betting market correct as of 10-Oct-11.

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'Spread Betting on Mid-Caps and Small-Caps' edited by Jacob Wood, updated 30-Oct-14

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