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FTSE facing fourth consecutive day of decline spearheaded by miners

News - Friday, September 24, 2010

Miners are the key stocks dragging the UK’s top index towards its fourth consecutive day of losses after the sector was subject to a downgrade from UBS. The FTSE 100 has shadowed activity on Wall Street and Asia which both posted overnight losses fuelled by new fears of a double-dip recession, most notably for the London market, in Ireland.

Blue chip stocks tumble on growth concerns

News - Thursday, September 23, 2010

London stocks were broadly down through midday trading as investors resumed a risk-averse attitude in response to data pertaining to European economies that showed a slowdown in Eurozone service and manufacturing sectors. 13:55 GMT saw the FTSE 100 index down 1.36 per cent or 75.77 points at 5,476 points.

Commodity prices improve but FTSE falters on lack of direction

News - Thursday, September 23, 2010

Strong metal prices have provoked a small rally in mining stock this morning with the FTSE 100 risers charts dominated with both precious and base metal firms in the opening hours. However, the UK’s blue-chip index is struggling to make headway as a whole with a downbeat finish on Wall Street overnight and lack of direction from the Nikkei restricting London trade on Thursday.

FTSE dives as bank and energy stocks weaken on US economy fears

News - Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The UK’s top index has continued the downward trend started late on in the previous session with banks and energy stock suffering the most from reignited concerns about the US economy after the Federal Reserve released a monetary policy statement overnight. Despite the central bank confirming interest rates would remain unchanged, as predicted; investors were made more wary by the strategies to pump more money into the economy.

FTSE 100 stocks trending up ahead of US rates decision

News - Tuesday, September 21, 2010

London stocks are maintaining the 5,600 level ahead of today's US Federal Reserve meeting. Some shares prices are heading down but a solid performance from a number of heavyweight stocks pushed the FTSE 100 index up by 0.34 per cent or 19.04 points to see 5,622 by 13:25 GMT.

FTSE firmly above 5600 as banks and oil stocks surge

News - Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The FTSE has shifted above the 5,600 marker ahead of today’s decision on US interest rates as many economists expect the US Federal Reserve to leave policy unchanged. The blue-chip index closed above the 5,600 bracket for the first time since April in the previous session and bank and oil stocks have ushered the FTSE 100 higher.

FTSE makes headway on commodity stock boom and BP well kill

News - Monday, September 20, 2010

The UK’s top share index rebounded at the beginning of Monday’s session with British oil giants BP (LON:BP) confirming it had "killed" the Gulf of Mexico well, pulling the FTSE 100 out of the losing trend started in the previous session by concerns about the global recovery.

US unemployment data and commodity rally puts FTSE above 5600

News - Friday, September 17, 2010

The FTSE 100 has hit new four-month highs at the beginning of Friday’s session with better-than-expected US job data eliminating fears of a double-dip recession and commodity and bank stocks hauling the index up on the back of strong gains on Asian and US markets.

FTSE down on unexpected retail sales growth dip for August

News - Thursday, September 16, 2010

The UK’s top index looked set to continue a two-day flat line this morning until a report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said retail sales growth had unexpectedly fallen in August. The blue-chip index also wasn’t helped by a drop in the value of the pound against the dollar and euro.

Stale session for economic and corporate data keeps FTSE flat

News - Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The FTSE is maintaining the four month high hit late in the session last night with the blue-chip index trading flat this morning on very little economic or corporate data to influence investor sentiment. At 09:47GMT, the FTSE 100 is 0.03 per cent down with a loss of just shy of two points. A mild reduction in UK unemployment hasn’t helped force much movement in early trading, with very little news expected before Thursday’s session.

FTSE flat on unchanged UK inflation data

News - Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The UK’s top index is posting minimal losses just after 09:30GMT with investors sentiment unchanged on consistent inflation data. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said UK Consumer Price Index (CPI) remained at 3.1 per cent in August – well above the Bank of the England’s two per cent target and spelling the end of a three-month drop in the rate. The news has done little to affect the UK blue-chip index.

Stocks maintain morning gains, solid boost for resources and banking

News - Monday, September 13, 2010

Good news for banks from the Basel III meetings and better than expected demand data from China put steam under FTSE 100 stocks shortly after opening of trade this morning. Some stocks showed further gains through the day and London's index of top stocks closed up by 1.16 per cent or 63.89 points to end at 5,565.53.

FTSE above 5500 with banks back in favour on Basel ruling

News - Monday, September 13, 2010

The FTSE 100 has charged above the 5,500 marker this morning with a value increase of over 0.8 per cent at 09:38GMT with bank rules agreed by global regulators in Basel at the weekend less severe than expected. Positive data reports from China showing a growth in manufacture in August helped pushed commodity stocks higher in morning trading, too.

FTSE maintains four-month high on US job data

News - Friday, September 10, 2010

The UK’s top index has been given a welcome boost for the final session of the week with the release of buoyant job data from the US. The market has been a hotbed of nerves this week, and with caution still being urged ahead of this weekend’s meeting in Basel when European banking capital rules will be finalised, the encouraging news for the US economy has kept the blue-chip index firmly above the 5,450 marker and maintained a four month high.

FTSE 100 touches 5,500 to close at 5,494

News - Thursday, September 09, 2010

London stocks had a morning day with risk sensitive banks and mining stocks seeing substantial gains. Some defensive stocks including retail shares saw losses in a day dominated by positive investor sentiment after better than expected US jobs data. FTSE 100 stocks maintained gains through the afternoon, touching a high of 5,505.66 and closing up 1.19 per cent or 64.42 points at 5,494.16.

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