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FTSE 100 is The Cheapest Major European Index

News - Monday, May 29, 2017

For the most part, since the result of the Brexit vote last year, analysts at Deutsche Bank have not been particularly positive. That is still the case now as some are wary of the potential economic slowdown that could come as negotiations continue. The pound has recovered, to an extent, in recent weeks as analysts expect that the Conservatives will win the coming general election. However, there is still the belief that there could be some disappointing economic data at the end of the year which will push down the value of the pound.

FTSE Sets Record High

News - Friday, May 26, 2017

The FTSE 100 set a new record high as the results of the latest polls show that the Conservatives’ lead is narrowing.

FTSE At Record Highs

News - Thursday, May 25, 2017

The FTSE 100 is sitting close to a record high, while the mid caps endured a busy trading day. The FTSE 100 gained 0.78 points during the first few hours of trading. Just a few points away from an all-time high. Perhaps the strongest performance of the day came from Wizz Air, however. The budget airline is listed on the FTSE 250, and has seen a ten percent increase in revenues and a 19 percent increase in passenger numbers.

Kingfisher Struggles Due to Poor French Sales

News - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

B&Q owner Kingfisher is in track for its worst one-day slump since July, after reporting falling first quarter sales, with France in particular being a weak territory. Shares fell by almost six percent during the early part of the trading day, making them the poorest performers in the FTSE 100.

Retailers Struggle as FTSE 100 Slips

News - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The FTSE 100 slipped on Tuesday, after having spent most of the day in the black. The UK’s leading index ended the day down by 11.05 points, a fall of 0.15 percent, at 7,485.29. Among the companies that contributed to the fall were Kingfisher and Marks and Spencer, which were both due to issue statements on Wednesday.

Intu Facing Relegation After Retail Troubles

News - Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mall owner Intu is facing troubles and potential relegation from the FTSE 100 as investors are becoming increasingly pessimistic about the fortunes of the mall’s tenants. Investment in the company has slowed and the company could be facing relegation in the May 31st review, according to reports by Numis Securities. The company would need to see its share price increase by 11 percent in order to avoid relegation, and has just days to achieve that.

FTSE 100 Tied After Strong Friday

News - Saturday, May 20, 2017

London stocks ended up by just 0.46 percent, at 7,470.71 on Friday, thanks in part to some strong performances by commodities. The pound made some modest gains against the dollar, but slipped against the Euro.

FTSE Ends Nine Day Winning Streak

News - Thursday, May 18, 2017

The FTSE 100’s nine day winning streak came to an end, as the dollar wiped out its gains, thanks to turmoil in the US.

Oil Price Drives FTSE 100 to Record High

News - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The FTSE 100 hit a record high on Monday, thanks to an increase in the price of basic metals and oil. The strength in those businesses helped to offset concerns about the possibility of another global cyber attack.

FTSE Hits New Record High

News - Monday, May 15, 2017

The FTSE 100 hit a record high, after the oil price rallied. The UK’s leading index hit an intraday high of 7,460, with miners being the best performers.

FTSE Boosted By AstraZeneca

News - Sunday, May 14, 2017

The FTSE 100 ended the week on a high note, benefiting from a strong performance by AstraZeneca after the drug company reported that its recent trial of a cancer drug had showed promising results. The company was trialling an immunotherapy drug called Imfinzi, which it had found could lower the risk of stage III lung cancer worsening or becoming fatal.

FTSE Climbs Close to Record as Barratt Gains

News - Thursday, May 11, 2017

The FTSE 100 inched towards a record high as Barratt Developments published a strong trading update, and gained 24.5p. The company reported pre-tax profits that remained strong - at the upper end of their expectations, and said that increased competition in the mortgage market had helped to create a wider availability of attractive mortgage options. This, combined with the Help to Buy initiative, supported strong consumer demand.

Strong Earnings Reports Support FTSE

News - Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The FTSE 100 is hovering just short of a one-month high point, with strong earnings reports supporting the index. Barratt developments outperformed its peers in the housebuildng sector, and helped the UK’s leading index to hover 1.4 percent below its March record of 7,447 points.

FTSE Stable as Macron Wins French Presidency

News - Monday, May 08, 2017

The FTSE 100 remained stable during the first half of Monday’s trading, as markets responded to the news that Emmanuel Macron would be the next French president.

FTSE Ends Week on a High Note

News - Saturday, May 06, 2017

The FTSE 100 closed higher on Friday, with oil prices bouncing back, and boosting oil companies as investors showed optimism in expectation of a market-friendly outcome to the French presidential elections.

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