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MPs Calling for Scrutiny of Supermarket Merger

3rd May 2018

MPs are putting increasing pressure on regulators regarding the Sainsbury’s and Asda merger, to scrutinise the deal and how suppliers might be affected. The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy committee and the committee for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have both written to the competition watchdog, amidst concerns that the deal could be harmful to the supply chain. ... Read More

FTSE Gains During First May Session

1st May 2018

The FTSE 100 got off to a strong start to the first session of the month, however there were some worries, with weak manufacturing stats raising questions about the state of the economy. ... Read More

Sainsbury’s and Asda Lose Market Share

1st May 2018

According to the latest Kantar market report, Sainsbury’s and Asda have lost market share, as their sails are trailing behind their rivals in the ‘big four’ over the 12 weeks leading up to April 22nd. ... Read More

FTSE 100 Proving Surprisingly Resilient

30th April 2018

In the face f mounting pressure against it, the FTSE 100 has proven to be surprisingly resilient, climbing from 6,888.69 a month ago, to 7,425 at the end of the week. The trajectory of the UK’s leading index is quite bullish, as shown by the strength of it in terms of short-term growth, however the year to date has not been as impressive as it could have been. ... Read More

FTSE Gains, But Shell Struggles

26th April 2018

The FTSE 100 made its best gains in a full week, but Shell’s shares declined, and Barclays also struggled. The UK’s leading index put in a strong performance, rising alongside European stocks, and returning to form after a poor performance on Wednesday. ... Read More

Shire and Takeda to Announce Deal

25th April 2018

Shire and Takeda plan to announce a preliminary deal. Takeda has already made several offers to Shire, and has been rebuffed on each occasion, however it has come back to the table with a greater cash offer, and Shire is expected to agree to an extension of the regulatory deadline for offers, that will give Takeda time to put in a firmer bid. ... Read More

Cross Border Trade and VAT Questions Post Brexit

24th April 2018

The government is being called upon to explain the arrangements that it will be putting in place for VAT collection on cross-border trade following Brexit. Currently, the UK is a part of a single VAT area within the EU, and when a UK product gets exported to another country in the EU, the VAT is paid where the product is actually consumed. ... Read More

FTSE Gains on City Optimism

24th April 2018

The FTSE 100 closed 30 points higher on Monday, boosted by hopes that the City could retain some of its benefits after the UK exits the EU. ... Read More

FTSE 100 Posts Fourth Week of Gains

23rd April 2018

The FTSE 100 posted its fourth straight week of gains last week, but the overall picture was not entirely positive, with Reckitt and Shire both struggling. Friday saw the FTSE 100 profit thanks to a weak sterling, while Reckitt Benckiser slipped after disappointing results, and Shire also struggled as Allergan backed out of a bid to acquire the pharmaceuticals company. ... Read More

UK Markets Gain as Sterling Slips

20th April 2018

The FTSE 100 lost some ground during mid-morning trading, thanks in part to some confusion over the timing, or likelihood, of a May rate rise. Mark Carney of the Bank of England gave some mixed messages about the timing of any coming rate increase, leaving investors questioning whether they had read signals correctly. ... Read More

Government Suffers Two Brexit Defeats

19th April 2018

Peers in the House of Lords have secured victory relating to two amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill. The defeats have caused the government to claim that the House of Lords is attempting to prevent the UK leaving the EU. ... Read More

FTSE Slips Following Syria Strike

17th April 2018

Shares in the UK’s leading index fell by more than 0.9 percent on Monday, with the news of Martin Sorrell’s resignation from a CEO position at WPP dominating the headlines, and U.S. hedge fund Elliott Management attracting attention by increasing its stake in Whitbread, the owner of numerous hotels and coffee shops. ... Read More

FTSE Under Pressure Thanks to Rising Pound

13th April 2018

The FTSE 100 got off to a weak start on Friday, as shares in Sage fell by more than ten percent after the opening bell, and a strong pound weighed on many international earners. ... Read More

Mining Stocks Bolster FTSE 100

11th April 2018

Recovering mining stocks helped to bring the FTSE 100 up to a six week high on Tuesday, with concerns about global trade easing. The FTSE 100 gained one percent by the close of trading, and the FTSE 250 put in a similarly strong performance. ... Read More

UK Companies Fear Weak Consumer Demand

9th April 2018

According to a new survey of chief financial officers conducted by Deloitte, the leading companies in the UK now feel that the outlook for the UK has improved after the government reached an agreement regarding transition terms for the UK leaving the EU. The transition period will allow trade to continue as normal for 21 months after March 2019 - giving companies time to adjust and adapt to new trading conditions. ... Read More

FTSE Slips as US Sanctions Hit Russia

9th April 2018

The FTSE 100 slipped by 11 points, down to 7,171, as the US sanctions had a negative impact on stocks exposed to the Russian market. The overall outlook for US futures, however, was more positive, after upbeat remarks from Donald Trump relating to the Chinese trade tariffs helped to reduce concerns about a trade war between China and the USA. ... Read More

Defensive Stocks Help Boost FTSE 100

5th April 2018

The FTSE 100 staged a modest bounce back on Wednesday, erasing some losses from early in the day to end the day relatively flat, after having slipped to 6,973 earlier in the trading session. The index bucked the trend that the US markets were showing, which was a clearly downward one - after China retaliated against trade tariff plans with its own tariff announcement. ... Read More

FTSE Underperforming Compared to Rival Markets

3rd April 2018

The long term performance of the FTSE 100 has been disappointing compared to rival indexes in Frankfurt, Tokyo and London, but what is it that has been holding the index back? ... Read More

Why GKN Takeover Would Be Bad for the Company

3rd April 2018

Melrose has put in a bid for GKN, and this bid is one that has not been well received. MPs are calling for the government to block the bid which is being seen as a hostile takeover. Melrose is led by Chris Miller, a former protégé of Lord Hanson, and there are many who fear that Miller is viewing the takeover as an opportunity for some asset stripping. ... Read More

Virgin Money Boss on FTSE Gender Equality

1st April 2018

Jayne-Anne Gadhia, the boss of Virgin Money, has been considering changing her name as a stunt to draw attention to the lack of female CEOs in FTSE 100 companies. ... Read More

Twitter Bots Manipulating Markets

1st April 2018

Twitter bots have been found to be manipulating the stock markets, as the ‘fake news’ problem has now spread to the finance industry. ... Read More

FTSE Suffers Worst Quarter in Almost Seven Years

30th March 2018

The FTSE 100 gained 0.17 percent on Thursday, to end the first quarter of the year down by 8.2 percent in total - the worst performance for the UK’s leading index since 2011. ... Read More

Defensive Stocks Support FTSE 100

29th March 2018

The FTSE 100 inched up above the 7,000 mark thanks in part to the strength of defensive stocks. Meanwhile, there was a sell-off of technology stocks during early trading in the US markets. ... Read More

Call for Delay to Brexit Leaves MPs Split

28th March 2018

MPs on the select committee examining the Brexit have issued a ‘minority report’ saying that the believe delaying the Brexit date would constitute a betrayal. The disagreement over the details of Brexit has split the committee, as a majority of the members of the committee reached the conclusion that the date of the exit may need delaying. ... Read More

FTSE 100 Ends Week on a Negative Note

26th March 2018

The FTSE 100 ended last week on a negative note as fears mounted of a trade war between the U.S and China. These tensions were added to by fears of instability economically as the Brexit negotiations continue, and there were questions about individual shares. Collectively, these mounted up to a bad week for the UK’s leading index. ... Read More

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