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By Barbara Kollmeyer

Shares of Barclays surged in London on Friday, as well-received results helped shine a spotlight on a sector that has been largely shunned by investors this year.

Barclays /zigman2/quotes/208409333/delayed UK:BARC -0.31% /zigman2/quotes/206581728/composite BCS -1.87% jumped 6%, poised for the best day since May 27, according to FactSet Research, after the U.K. bank’s third-quarter total income, net profit and pretax profit beat market expectations, even as it booked hefty provisions.

While some have criticized Barclays’ presence in investment banking, “the pandemic appears to be demonstrating the benefits of the more diversified approach championed by CEO Jes Staley, as this part of the group has been boosted by an increase in trading volumes at a time when consumer banking is under real pressure,” said Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell, in a note to clients.

And while the company is making more provisions for losses on loans linked to COVID-19, the trajectory level was looking more positive as the level of write-offs was below previous quarters.

Andrew Coombs and a team of analysts at Citigroup point to an Oct. 12 published note in which they took a contrarian view on U.K. banks, suggesting they were worth buying. And while that was met with plenty of skepticism, Barclays helps rationalize that view, said the team.

Coombs and the team rattled off the positives from Barclays’ results: recovering volumes, stabilizing net interest margins, the worst of impairments over, and significant capital generation.

“U.K. banks are the best performing stocks in FTSE 100 and SX7P /zigman2/quotes/210599339/delayed XX:SX7P -0.82% today and up 20%+ in the past month,” said the Citi analysts.

Acting as a tide that lifted all boats, Barclays’ well-received results triggered gains across the banking sector. Shares of Lloyds Banking Group /zigman2/quotes/202285510/delayed UK:LLOY -0.95% /zigman2/quotes/200709414/composite LYG -2.82% climbed 5.3%, HSBC /zigman2/quotes/208272822/composite HSBC -0.84% /zigman2/quotes/203901799/delayed UK:HSBA -0.44% and Standard Chartered /zigman2/quotes/200125072/delayed UK:STAN -0.51% rose 4% each.

Gains in the heavily weighted banking sector drove a 1.4% rise for the FTSE 100 index /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX -0.10% , which was 1.3% higher.

Read: Barclays Shares Jump as Covid-19 Boosts Investment Bank Performance. That Could Be Good News for the Dividend.

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-0.58 -0.31%
Volume: 17.44M
Dec. 3, 2021 4:35p
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N/A
Dividend Yield
1.61%
Market Cap
£31.33 billion
Rev. per Employee
£332,602
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US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 9.95
-0.19 -1.87%
Volume: 3.67M
Dec. 3, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
1.63%
Market Cap
$41.69 billion
Rev. per Employee
$426,514
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XX : STOXX
138.13
-1.14 -0.82%
Volume: 0.00
Dec. 3, 2021 11:03p
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UK : U.K.: London
46.48 p
-0.45 -0.95%
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Dec. 3, 2021 4:35p
P/E Ratio
7.06
Dividend Yield
2.67%
Market Cap
£33.31 billion
Rev. per Employee
£554,080
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US : U.S.: NYSE
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-0.07 -2.82%
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6.69
Dividend Yield
2.87%
Market Cap
$44.33 billion
Rev. per Employee
$710,526
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/zigman2/quotes/208272822/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 28.42
-0.24 -0.84%
Volume: 3.42M
Dec. 3, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
10.24
Dividend Yield
3.84%
Market Cap
$116.83 billion
Rev. per Employee
$330,477
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UK : U.K.: London
429.70 p
-1.90 -0.44%
Volume: 21.74M
Dec. 3, 2021 4:35p
P/E Ratio
10.70
Dividend Yield
3.85%
Market Cap
£87.79 billion
Rev. per Employee
£257,711
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/zigman2/quotes/200125072/delayed
UK : U.K.: London
425.90 p
-2.20 -0.51%
Volume: 5.75M
Dec. 3, 2021 4:35p
P/E Ratio
15.77
Dividend Yield
2.04%
Market Cap
£13.18 billion
Rev. per Employee
£194,812
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UK : FTSE UK
7,122.32
-6.89 -0.10%
Volume: 576,941
Dec. 3, 2021 4:59p
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