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How Bitcoin Changed Investment in 2017

News - Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The last year has been comparatively quiet for the FTSE 100 - at least compared to 2016 and the shock of the Brexit vote. The FTSE 100 managed to claw back some strength this year, hitting an all time closing high just before Christmas, and the FTSE 250 has shown a lot of upside as investors regained some faith in the economy, but for many people, the news has been outside of the share trading market.

National Grid Offering Promising Dividends

News - Wednesday, December 27, 2017

National Grid hasn’t been putting in a strong performance over the last few months - it has lost around 20 percent of its value since May - but it still has a lot to offer investors, and while some are heavily critical of it because a company of its size, in that particular sector, should be stronger, there are mitigating factors that mean it is worth going against the trend and considering holding on for a little while longer.

FTSE Hits Intraday High

News - Friday, December 22, 2017

The FTSE 100 hit an intraday high of 7,609 on Thursday, surpassing the levels set in June. The index is benefiting from favourable seasonal effects, as investors prepare to go on a long weekend. The London Stock Exchange will close at lunch time on Friday, and will not re-open until Boxing Day.

FTSE Gains But Builders Struggle

News - Friday, December 22, 2017

The FTSE 100 made some gains on Thursday, but builders struggled following the government’s ban on the sale of new homes on leasehold. The news of the ban hit housebuilders hard, and some have already started speaking out in protest.

Tesco Takeover of Booker Cleared

News - Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Tesco has strengthened its grip on the UK’s food market, as its takeover of the wholesale company Booker has been approved. The competition regulator issued final approval for the 3.7 billion pound takeover today.

FTSE Underperforming Its Peers

News - Tuesday, December 19, 2017

While there still appears to be the prospect of a Santa Rally as we head into the final trading week of the year, the FTSE 100 is underperforming its global peers.

Capita Shares Struggling

News - Friday, December 15, 2017

Shares in the outsourcing company Capita, which is listed on the FTSE 250, fell by more than 14 percent in a morning’s trading, after the company warned that it had seen subdued market conditions.

Financials Weigh on FTSE 100

News - Friday, December 15, 2017

The FTSE 100 struggled on Thursday, as it was weighed down by some losses among financial stocks, with miner Lonmin helping to offset that difficulty after a rescue takeover bid was well received by investors.

Banks strong as Fed Prepares for Rate Hike

News - Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Banks helped to boost the FTSE 100, with better than expected new rules for the sector being unveiled last week, in anticipation of an expected interest rate hike from the US Federal Reserve. The UK’s leading index increased by 50 points on Monday, a gain of 0.7 percent, with lenders being among the top performers.

UK Stocks Struggle in World League Table

News - Monday, December 11, 2017

The UK’s stock markets are on track for what could be the worst performance in the developed world for 2017, and analysts fear that the record-breaking levels seen in the USA could crash during 2018.

FTSE Rallies on FTSE Breakthrough

News - Friday, December 08, 2017

UK shares have underperformed compared to their European peers, after a rally fuelled by a breakthrough in the Brexit talks helped to boost the pound during early trade. Fortunately for the FTSE 100, the pound shed those gains later in the morning.

Whitbread at Top of FTSE 100

News - Thursday, December 07, 2017

Whitbread enjoyed its strongest trading day of the year, after speculation re-surfaced that the company may be broken up, thanks to activist investor Sachem Head Capital who is taking out a stake in the company.

FTSE 100 Sees Quiet Opening

News - Wednesday, December 06, 2017

The FTSE 100 opened to some muted trading, lurking just lower than Tuesday’s closing level, as a weak pound helped to support the internationally-focused companies in the index.

FTSE Struggles After Brexit Talk Difficulties

News - Tuesday, December 05, 2017

The UK’s leading share index struggled to keep pace with the gains in Europe, as Britain and the EU have continued to find it hard to strike a deal on the initial Brexit divorce package. The UK’s leading index did make some gains, but not enough to keep pace with the rest of the wider markets.

FTSE Slips on Trump Impeachment Fears

News - Saturday, December 02, 2017

The FTSE 100 slipped by 26 points on Friday, as fears surfaced that President Trump may be impeached. According to some news reports, former national security adviser Michael Flynn has promised that he will cooperate fully with the ongoing special counsel investigation into the allegations that Russia was involved in the presidential election.

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