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Troubling Trends in the FTSE 100

News - Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Over the last week, the FTSE 100 has put in a mixed performance. The UK’s leading index had struggled to get towards 7,400 - and there seems to be muted trading for a lot of companies in the index. Ideally, in a thriving market we would see movement on a large number of shares, but over the last couple of weeks, the FTSE 100 has seen just 10 percent of shares generating enough activity to make it worth paying attention to.

Sir Phillip Hampton Calling on FTSE 350 to Increase Diversity

News - Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sir Philip Hampton has challenged FTSE 350 companies to start working towards the same diversity targets that were previously aimed at FTSE 100 companies. The goals, to increase the number of females occupying board room positions in the UK’s biggest companies, are quite ambitious, and would require FTSE 350 companies to work towards having 40 percent of their senior appointments over the next three years go towards women.

Oil and Mining Stocks Hamper FTSE 100

News - Thursday, November 16, 2017

The UK’s leading index slipped to a six-week low last week, dragged down by declining mining and oil stocks. The FTSE 100 dropped to its lowest level since the beginning of October, with Glencore, Anglo American, Shell and BP all struggling. The falls came after global oil prices dropped by more than 1%, down to $61.40 a barrel, with other commodities also trending downwards. Oil prices had already fallen on Tuesday, with warnings coming from the International Energy Association that demand was slowing down and stockpiles were increasing.

Tesco Earns Regulator Approval for Booker Takeover

News - Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tesco has been given provisional approval for a 3.7 billion pound takeover of the wholesaler, Booker, from the UK’s competition regulator. The takeover, if approved by shareholders, would give the UK supermarket a valuable potential avenue for further growth.

Vodafone and Tesco Boost FTSE

News - Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The FTSE 100 stabilised on Tuesday after a difficult week, as Tesco and Vodafone both put in strong performances. Tesco rallied after it announced that it had won approval for a takeover bid, and Vodafone published some strong results. Meanwhile, mining companies showed some weakness.

Michel Barnier Warns Time Running Out For Trade Negotiations

News - Monday, November 13, 2017

Chief Brexit negotiator Michael Marnier has given the UK an ultimatum following the latest round of talks with David Davis and his team. Barnier warned that the UK has just two weeks left to make concessions if it wants to see any progress made by December.

Landmark Ruling against Uber Hits Gig Market

News - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Uber has lost a landmark Employment Appeal Tribunal case, which could have some serious implications for labour rights in Britain, and change the face of the gig economy. The ride-hailing company Uber has lost an appeal against a ruling which said that drivers who work for the company must be classified as workers, and are entitled to minimum wage. Uber makes the case that the drivers are self-employed, and plans to appeal against the decision.

FTSE Gains But Housebuilders Struggle

News - Wednesday, November 08, 2017

The FTSE 100 gained just over 16 points on Wednesday, while housebuilder Persimmon released an update that disappointed investors and soured sentiment towards the housebuilding industry.

UK FTSE Opens to Muted Trading

News - Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Following the publication of the latest monthly shops survey, the FTSE 100 got off to a muted start, gaining just six points during early trading. Analysts had predicted a stronger performance, following the trends of the Asian and Wall Street markets.

Major Earnings and Results Reports Coming This Week

News - Sunday, November 05, 2017

The coming week is expected to have some significant news announcements. Monday will see full-year results from Beximco Pharmaceuticals, as well as interim results from Grafenia, and there will be reports due from Morgan Advanced Materials as well. The later is expected to report reduced earnings in its trading update.

FTSE Gains But Pound Falters

News - Saturday, November 04, 2017

The FTSE 100 ended Friday at a record high, but the pound’s rebound against the dollar faltered. The UK’s leading index inched up by 5.06 points, to close at a new all time high of 7,560.35. Meanwhile, the Sterling clawed back some of the 1.6 percent that it had shed against the dollar on Thursday, getting off to a strong start but slowing its gains later in the day.

Retail Weakness Hampers FTSE 100

News - Thursday, November 02, 2017

Weakness in the retail sector dragged down the FTSE 100 on Wednesday. One of the poorest performers of the day was Next, whose shares fell by 9.1 percent after the fashion store announced that while sales growth had increased, trading in the third quarter had been extremely volatile. The online Next Directory business had seen sales growth, and had offset falling sales on the high street, giving the company overall sales growth of 1.3 percent.

FTSE 250 CEO Earnings Report

News - Thursday, November 02, 2017

FTSE 250 CEOs earn an average of £1.8 million each, according to a new report from professional services company Deloitte.

British Airways Bosses Say Flights to Europe Will Continue

News - Monday, October 30, 2017

Willie Walsh, the chief executive of International Airlines Group says that British Airways will continue to fly to Europe after Britain leaves the EU in March 2019. He added that the company will leave the issue to the politicians to resolve.

FTSE Slips Ahead of Key Rate Decisions

News - Monday, October 30, 2017

The FTSE 100 got off to a muted start this morning, re-tracing all of the gains that it made on Friday, and shedding a total of 20 points during early trading.

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