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FTSE gains on positive moves to stimulate global economies

News - Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The FTSE has made advances on Tuesday’s strong gains with the UK’s top index nudging close to the 5,700 marker on Wednesday morning. Much of the gains came in reaction to positive movement on global markets – most notably US and Asian markets – along with strong gains for commodities and airlines on the back of strong EasyJet (LON:EZJ) numbers.

FTSE 100 stocks draw back from morning gains

News - Tuesday, October 05, 2010

London's top 100 stocks retreated from solid morning gains. By 13:00 BST the FTSE 100 index traded near yesterday's closing levels. In early afternoon trading the FTSE 100 index stood at 5,559, up 0.07 per cent from Monday's close of 5,556 but down substantially from the mid-morning peak - 5,594.

FTSE rally spearheaded by service sector PMI and TUI Travel report

News - Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The UK’s blue-chip index is regaining the losses made in Monday’s session this morning as energy and bank stocks return to favour. Financials were also helped by better-than-expected service sector PMI which has boosted the value of the Sterling. Tuesday has also brought a surge of positive corporate results with travel giant TUI Travel (LON:TT) being highlighted in the news this morning.

London stocks recover some of this morning's losses, mixed bag

News - Monday, October 04, 2010

After reaching a low of 5,551 early this morning the FTSE 100 index managed to recover some of its losses in early afternoon trading. By 13:25 BST the FTSE 100 index traded down 0.17 per cent or 9.33 points, staying around the 5,580 mark. Stocks showed divergent performance however stocks losing ground outnumbered stocks rising.

FTSE falls back as third-quarter rally goes cold

News - Monday, October 04, 2010

The rally by blue-chip stocks at the end of last week appears to have peaked as the market closed on Friday with the FTSE 100 retreating this morning. The fall back has been influenced most by the energy sector as investors appear to have stepped back from activity last week and questioned the sustainability of the September rally.

FTSE 100 tests 5,600 as commodity stocks soar

News - Friday, October 01, 2010

Commodity stocks are seeing solid gains today as investors tagged on to good data from the US and China and as crude oil prices pass the $80 level. This as well as a good performance from ARM Holdings and Capital Shipping Centres Group put steam under the FTSE 100 index which traded at 5,602 by 14:00 BST, up 0.97 per cent.

Improved economic data and Repsol deal boosts energy stocks

News - Friday, October 01, 2010

The FTSE 100 has maintained the strong progression made on Thursday afternoon as investors reacted fondly to upbeat economic data released from the US and China yesterday. With US unemployment down and manufacturing up in China, commodities have been the real gainers on Friday. Energy stocks are posting the most fruitful gains on the back of the data, firmer prices and a new deal for Spanish giants Repsol. Bank stocks are even regaining some ground too with the influx of positive sentiment seemingly ending a week of sovereign debts concerns that have crippled the sector.

US data boosts London stocks in afternoon trading

News - Thursday, September 30, 2010

Lacklustre morning trading was followed early this afternoon by decent gains after US economic data came in better than expected. US second quarter economic growth was revised upwards and unemployment insurance applications in the US declined, both of which prompted investors to turn a little more positive on stocks. FTSE 100 stocks quickly gained 0.5 per cent and the index traded at 5,596 points by 13:55.

Sovereign debt concerns continue to strangle FTSE movement

News - Thursday, September 30, 2010

The UK’s top index has opened weaker today with investors remaining cautious about where to put their money as European debt concerns continue to restrict dealings in the bank sector. Ireland’s fragile banking industry is still a key talking point in London on Thursday along with departure news having differing outcomes for BP (LON:BP) and Rolls-Royce Group (LON:RR).

FTSE100 sideways after early morning gains, Wolseley outperforms

News - Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pressure on banks and commodity stocks put too much weight on the FTSE 100 index which finished slightly lower despite a good performance from Wolseley, BP and the Rolls Royce Group. After peaking at 5,624 in early morning trading the FTSE 100 dipped and bopped to close at 5,569.27, down 9.17 points or 0.16 per cent.

Bank sector aversion cancels-out positive individual stock earnings

News - Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The FTSE 100 is being pulled in both directions this morning with a raft of positive earnings reports and upgrades for the likes of Rolls-Royce Group (LON:RR) being restricted by a sell-off of bank stock as investors maintain negative sentiment about the stability of the global economic recovery.

FTSE 100 stocks recover early losses after positive retail data

News - Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Good retail data saved the FTSE 100 index from sustaining this morning's losses. Earlier today the FTSE 100 index reached a low of 5,506 – down 1.2 per cent – but through the afternoon the index recovered to reach 5,574.21 by 14:10 GMT.

Sovereign debt concerns force FTSE one per cent lower

News - Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The UK’s top index has declined back towards the 5,500 mark on Tuesday with sovereign deft fears hammering London stocks. Asian markets are down too following credit rating agency Moody’s downgrade of Anglo Irish Bank’s debt late on Monday. But with Standard & Poor expected to cut Ireland’s credit rating, due to the Anglo Irish downgrade, and speculation that Moody may further downgrade Spain’s debt – dropping the nation into the same depths of concern as Ireland and Portugal – the FTSE is showing no signs of recovery this morning.

London stock index steady, commodities perform, Unilever up on acquisition

News - Monday, September 27, 2010

FTSE 100 stocks are putting in a varied performance today keeping the index of London stocks trading near opening levels. At 13:40 GMT the FTSE 100 index traded at 5,590 which is down 0.14 per cent from yesterday.

Mining stocks get Goldman Sachs boost but FTSE remains flat

News - Monday, September 27, 2010

The FTSE looks set to maintain the positive progress made on Friday with the blue-chip index remaining relatively flat. Both metal and oil prices have firmed and some miners received strong upgrades from Goldman Sachs, pushing commodities back into favour with investors. And individual stock activity has picked up with strong gains for consumer goods group Unilever (LON:ULVR).

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