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Market Update - Wednesday, 17th October 2018


Tuesday, 16th October 2018
16:45
The FTSE 100 gained momentum despite a stronger pound following positive UK wage data, closing 0.4% higher at 7,059.   Brent crude oil dipped 0.2% to $80.61 per barrel.   Upbeat trading updates from US banks helped the Dow Jones climb 1.5% to 25,623 at around 4:45pm UK time. The Nasdaq added ... read more
Tuesday, 16th October 2018
11:59
Weak commodity prices dragged oil majors and miners into the red, leaving the FTSE 100 down 0.2% at 7,010 around midday.  BP and Royal Dutch Shell both fell by 1.4% each ... read more
Tuesday, 16th October 2018
08:53
UK stocks opened moderately lower on Tuesday as key Brexit negotiations remained at an impasse and tensions continued to simmer between the West and Saudi Arabia.  At 0849, the benchmark FTSE ... read more
Monday, 15th October 2018
17:07
A mining rally and gains at oil major Royal Dutch Shell helped the FTSE rise 0.5% to 7,029.  Shell enjoyed a 1.2% boost to £25.41 while miners Randgold Resources and Fresnillo ... read more
Monday, 15th October 2018
11:59
Gains in miners and oil majors failed to perk up the FTSE 100 at 6,995 around midday as oil and gold prices rose.   Royal Dutch Shell advanced 1.1% to £25.38. ... read more
Monday, 15th October 2018
08:59
UK stocks eked out small gains at the open on Monday as Brexit negotiations stumbled at a key juncture over differences on the Irish border.  At 0857, the benchmark FTSE 100 ... read more
Friday, 12th October 2018
16:53
The FTSE 100's recovery lost traction throughout the day with the blue-chip index closing 0.1% lower at 6,995.   In the US, all indices enjoyed bounced back from the global sell-off ... read more
Friday, 12th October 2018
12:00
Upbeat Chinese trade data helped strengthen investor sentiment after a rough global sell-off.  The FTSE 100 gained 0.8% to 7,062 amid a rebound in commodity prices which boosted resource stocks.  Fresnillo jumped ... read more
Friday, 12th October 2018
08:50
UK stocks staged a partial recovery on Friday after positive Chinese trade data helped soothe global market jitters.  At 0846, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 36.90 points, or 0.5%, ... read more
Thursday, 11th October 2018
16:43
Global equities remained in the red as investors fretted over several risks, including US President Donald Trump's criticism over the latest interest rate hike on Wednesday.  Other concerns that weighed on ... read more
Thursday, 11th October 2018
11:43
Global markets were in freefall as concerns over rising interest rates, China's growth rate, high valuations and the ongoing trade war escalated.  At around midday, the FTSE 100 traded 1.9% lower ... read more
Thursday, 11th October 2018
09:14
UK stocks are falling on Monday echoing the sharp sell-off across the Asian and US equities markets as concerns over rising interest rates mounted.  At 0858, the benchmark FTSE 100 index ... read more
Wednesday, 10th October 2018
16:51
There was a sea of red globally as the International Monetary Fund slashed global growth forecasts.  The FTSE 100 fell 1.3% to 7,145 after mixed UK economic figures as the mining ... read more
Wednesday, 10th October 2018
11:48
Lowered global growth forecasts from the International Monetary Fund helps depress investor sentiment on Wednesday although the FTSE 100 recovered some ground after mixed UK GDP figures.  By lunchtime the index ... read more
Wednesday, 10th October 2018
09:03
UK stocks opened lower on Tuesday as progress on Brexit negotiations strengthened the pound, hurting exporters.  At 0857, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was down 10.73 points, or 0.2%, at 7.226.86.  A ... read more
Tuesday, 9th October 2018
16:45
UK equities tried to mount a recovery despite a cut in global growth forecasts from the International Monetary Fund from 3.9% to 3.7%.  Stronger miners helped the FTSE 100 cling onto ... read more
Tuesday, 9th October 2018
11:57
The FTSE 100 reversed 0.2% to 7,215 despite a revival in the mining sector as concerns over Italy and rising US treasury yields eased back.  Evraz led the miners higher, gaining ... read more
Tuesday, 9th October 2018
09:05
UK stocks opened higher on Tuesday, buoyed by strength in mining stocks and a well-received trading update from baking chain Greggs.   At 0858, the benchmark FTSE 100 was up 10.77 ... read more
Monday, 8th October 2018
16:45
The FTSE 100 slid into the red as concerns over the US-China trade war and Italy's planned budget deficit hit investor sentiment.  The blue-chip index dropped 1.1% to 7,233 amid declines ... read more
Monday, 8th October 2018
12:07
Oil majors BP and Royal Dutch Shell fell amid oil price declines on speculation that sanctions will not impact Iran's oil output as previously thought.  Brent crude oil dropped 1.5% to ... read more
Monday, 8th October 2018
09:05
UK stocks opened lower on Monday after markets reacted negatively to Chinese central bank moves to increase liquidity to counter trade war concerns.  At 0856, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was ... read more
Friday, 5th October 2018
16:53
UK equities could not shake off the impact of a rising pound as investors were hopeful of a Brexit breakthrough and investor sentiment was soured by a potentially faster rate ... read more
Friday, 5th October 2018
12:01
Weakness in the mining sector hit the FTSE 100 amid a rise in sterling on hopes of a Brexit breakthrough and with continuing investor disquiet over the likely pace of ... read more
Friday, 5th October 2018
08:50
UK stocks opened lower on Friday, in tune with other global markets, as rising US bond yields stoked concerns of rapid interest rate rises.  At 0845, the benchmark FTSE 100 was ... read more
Thursday, 4th October 2018
16:44
The FTSE 100 suffered deeper losses, falling 1.2% to 7,418, on the concerns over the pace of potential interest rate rises and the possible impact of Brexit on the car ... read more
Thursday, 4th October 2018
11:48
The FTSE 100 followed Asian equity markets lower on expectations for higher US interest rates, reignited following better than expected US payroll data and surging oil prices.  Among the biggest blue-chip ... read more


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