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Investors Waiting for Trump’s Announcement

News - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The FTSE 100 opened relatively flat on Wednesday morning as investors waited for some news about US President Trump’s tax plans. The pound has slipped against the dollar, but remains flat against the dollar.

FTSE Off to Subdued Start On Tuesday

News - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The FTSE 100 got off to a subdued start this morning, after having enjoyed gains of 150 points yesterday.

FTSE Gains after French Vote

News - Monday, April 24, 2017

The FTSE 100 staged a rally after Centrist Emmanuel Macron performed well in the first round of the French presidential elections. The markets are now expecting that Mr Macron will beat the other leading candidate - far-right Marie Le Pen, in the second round of voting.

FTSE Recovers in Afternoon Trading

News - Friday, April 21, 2017

The FTSE 100 climbed back into positive territory this afternoon, as investors prepared for the release of bank results next week, and digested some disappointing retail sales stats.

FTSE Gets Off to Subdued Start

News - Thursday, April 20, 2017

The FTSE 100 got off to a subdued start this morning, falling six points to 7,108.53 just after the opening bell. The UK’s leading index is struggling as precious metals companies found themselves among the leading losers with gold prices trending down.

Tension Grows Between US and North Korea, Hampering FTSE

News - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The FTSE 100 slipped by more than 42 points during early trading, as tension grew between Washington and Pyongyang. The sector hardest hit was the miners, with Anglo American losing three percent.

Tesco Potentially Saving £105m in Business Rates

News - Monday, April 17, 2017

Tesco could save £105 million in business rates, thanks to the recent property revaluation. The news is putting pressure on independent shopkeepers, who have been hit hard by the latest business rate increases across the country.

Supermarket Struggles Hamper FTSE 100

News - Thursday, April 13, 2017

The FTSE 100 struggled on Wednesday, after the supermarket sector endured a difficult day. Tesco was the poorest performer of the day, slipping by 5.73 percent after its full-year profits declined due to legal costs relating to the fine that the chain incurred for over-stating profits back in 2014.

FTSE Gains as Airlines Perform Well

News - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Airline shares helped to boost the FTSE 100, which cained 44.71 points during the first half of the day’s trading.

FTSE 100 Struggling for Direction

News - Monday, April 10, 2017

The FTSE 100 is struggling to find direction at the start of this week, with oil prices climbing thanks to strong demand, but trouble at Barclays weighing on the index, and the pound slowly gaining some strength against the dollar.

FTSE Makes Gains on US Jobs News

News - Friday, April 07, 2017

The news that US non-farm payrolls had missed the consensus level by almost 90,000 has helped to bolster the FTSE 100. By mid-afternoon the UK’s leading index was up by 37 points, as the poorer than expected performance allayed fears of a rate hike.

Draghi Speaks on ECB Policy

News - Thursday, April 06, 2017

ECB Chief Mario Dragi says that he sees little evidence of inflation stabilizing at the goal level, and that there is no cause, currently, to deviate from the bank’s policy guidance. He spoke trying to squash the idea that the ECB will be tightening policy sooner than originally planned, saying that inflation in the Euro zone is not strong enough for officials to move for such a shift at this time.

FTSE Bounces Back But ASOS Disappoints

News - Tuesday, April 04, 2017

The FTSE 100 recovered from a three day slide, opening better than expected, but ASOS disappointed investors. The UK’s leading index opened up by 36 points. Analysts had expected to see a strong start but the extent of the recovery was still a source of surprise.

Pound Falters on Manufacturing Results

News - Tuesday, April 04, 2017

The pound lost some ground after the latest manufacturing survey was published. Markit/CIPS manufacturing data showed that growth was slowing. The index read 54.2 for March, down from 54.5 during February.

FTSE Enjoys Successful Quarter

News - Sunday, April 02, 2017

Friday saw the FTSE 100 round out a successful, if turbulent, quarter. The UK’s leading index has benefited from the Brexit and the recent weakness of the pound, to trade around the 7,300 - 7,400 mark over the end of March. The next significant number for the index is 7,450. If the index can break through that resistance, it could break 7,500 - and there are some analysts who believe that the expectation of 8,000 is not unreasonable by the summer.

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