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Market Update - Wednesday, 20th February 2019


Tuesday, 19th February 2019
16:57
Sterling gained momentum as investors hoped for a breakthrough with Brexit, putting pressure on the FTSE 100, which fell 0.5% to 7,179. Weak earnings from index heavyweights BHP and HSBC also dogged the index.  UK Prime Minster Theresa May will head to Brussels on Wednesday for a meeting with European Commission ... read more
Tuesday, 19th February 2019
12:04
The FTSE 100 was down 0.6% to 7,172.69 by midday as index heavyweights disappointed with full year earnings and the pound remained volatile.  HBSC shed 4.1% to 636.6p as a 16% ... read more
Monday, 18th February 2019
16:54
The FTSE 100 dipped 0.2% to 7,219 as weakness among oil majors and pharmaceutical stocks, as well as stronger sterling, weighed on performance.  Wall Street is closed today to celebrate Presidents' ... read more
Monday, 18th February 2019
11:56
The FTSE 100 was down 0.25% to 7,218.37 by midday despite gains in Asia on trade hopes overnight. A resilient showing from sterling contributed to the weak performance.  In company news ... read more
Monday, 18th February 2019
09:04
UK stocks opened lower on Monday as a stronger pound put pressure on exporters.  At 0858, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was down 19.04 points, or 0.3%, at 7.217.64.  Consumer goods giant ... read more
Monday, 18th February 2019
09:04
UK stocks opened lower on Monday as a stronger pound put pressure on exporters.  At 0858, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was down 19.04 points, or 0.3%, at 7.217.64.  Consumer goods giant ... read more
Friday, 15th February 2019
16:40
Global stocks reflected a positive mood at the end of the week on news that negotiations between the US and China will be extended. The ceasefire between the two countries ... read more
Friday, 15th February 2019
11:57
The FTSE 100 was on course for a positive end to the week and a close above 7,200 by lunchtime after a better-than-expected print on UK retail sales. At midday ... read more
Friday, 15th February 2019
09:05
UK stocks crept higher at the open on Friday after Theresa May suffered another parliamentary defeat that exposed ongoing deep rifts in her own party over Brexit.  At 0851, the benchmark ... read more
Thursday, 14th February 2019
16:50
The FTSE 100 was flat at 7,197 despite sterling falling on reports that the UK government could lose a Brexit-related parliamentary vote on Thursday evening.  In the US, all stock markets ... read more
Thursday, 14th February 2019
12:13
A mix of decent corporate results and hopes there will be progress in trade discussions between the US and China helped the FTSE 100 through the 7,200 mark by Thursday ... read more
Thursday, 14th February 2019
09:42
UK stocks are climbing on Thursday morning with the market's attention on parliament's debates on Brexit expected latter in the session.  At 08:58, the benchmark FTSE 100 was 0.39%, or 28.26 ... read more
Wednesday, 13th February 2019
16:51
Investors were (once again) hopeful the US and China may be able to resolve their trade war as President Donald Trump suggested he could extend a deadline beyond 1 March ... read more
Wednesday, 13th February 2019
12:01
By midday the FTSE 100 was up 0.6% to 7,174.95, close to its highest levels of the year so far. The index is boosted by hopes for a de-escalation in ... read more
Wednesday, 13th February 2019
08:57
UK stocks opened stronger on Wednesday, amid broad global gains, after Donald Trump said he was willing to delay raising tariffs on Chinese goods if progress was made in upcoming ... read more
Tuesday, 12th February 2019
16:48
The FTSE 100 failed to tap into strong momentum elsewhere as European and US equities rallied on positive progress on border security for the US-Mexico border, potentially avoiding another US ... read more
Tuesday, 12th February 2019
12:01
It was mostly a sea of green across global equities as the likelihood of another US government shutdown lessened thanks to an agreement over border security for the US-Mexico border.  At ... read more
Tuesday, 12th February 2019
09:02
UK stocks opened on higher Tuesday after signs the US would avoid another government shutdown boosted global markets.  At 0858, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 37.88 points, or 0.5%, ... read more
Monday, 11th February 2019
17:02
UK economic growth slowed in December, prompting a fall in sterling, which was a catalyst the FTSE 100 as it boosts the relative value of its constituents' largely overseas earnings. ... read more
Monday, 11th February 2019
12:08
The FTSE 100 gave back some of its gains by lunchtime after a report which showed UK GDP fell in December. At midday the index was up 0.4% to 7,099.12 ... read more
Monday, 11th February 2019
09:02
UK stocks opened higher on Monday as the potential for a disorderly Brexit continued to pile pressure on the pound, helping exporters.  At 0855, the benchmark FTSE 100 was up 64.15 ... read more
Friday, 8th February 2019
16:46
Investors were worried that the US-China trade war would not stop before the currently agreed ceasefire ends in March as a meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping now looks ... read more
Friday, 8th February 2019
12:12
Continuing Brexit-related moves in the pound, trade uncertainty and global growth concerns add up to an unpalatable mix for investors with the FTSE 100 down 0.2% to 7,076.82 by midday.  US ... read more
Friday, 8th February 2019
08:41
UK stocks opened higher on Friday as lingering fears of a no-deal Brexit kept pressure on the pound, helping exporters.  At 0834, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 19.91 points, ... read more
Thursday, 7th February 2019
16:59
The Bank of England kept interest rates unchanged and cut its UK growth forecasts, however its commitment to continuing gradual increases in rates helped boost sterling.  A stronger pound is bad ... read more
Thursday, 7th February 2019
11:31
Amid a raft of corporate news, weak economic forecasts from Europe and continued volatility in sterling the FTSE 100 trades lower. Approaching midday the index was down 0.3% to 7,152.44.  Other ... read more


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