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Week's FTSE rally at a halt as miners, banks falter

News - Wednesday, July 14, 2010

After six days of gains FTSE 100 stocks broadly moved down in morning trading. Falling to 5,236 by 12:30 BST the index of top stocks suffered most from investors selling mining and banking shares. ARM Holdings is bucking the trend, up 3.11 per cent by mid-day.

Global markets bolstered by best-ever quarter profits for Intel

News - Wednesday, July 14, 2010

US microchip manufacture Intel has buoyed markets across the globe today after it announced overnight that it has achieved its best-ever quarterly profits. The American technology giant released its second quarter update after Wall Street’s session closed yesterday which included the largest quarterly net income for the group in a decade thanks to a resurgent computer market. The news has pushed the Japan’s Nikkei more than 2.5 per cent, however the FTSE 100 is struggling to post gains with interdealer broker ICAP (LON:IAP) weighing the blue-chip index down.

Strong morning trading sees FTSE up 1.68pct by mid-day

News - Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Banks and commodity stocks are leading the FTSE 100 index higher today as hopes rise that the Q2 earnings season will be a good one. Intertek, the worldwide group of testing laboratories, is the leader for this morning, up 3.74 per cent by 12:40BST. By mid-day the FTSE 100 traded at 5,253.01.

FTSE continues gradual gains with BP boosted by cap success

News - Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The FTSE 100 is pushing towards moderate gains again today following a 0.7 per cent climb yesterday to a closing figure of 5167.02. BP (LON:BP) was the notable blue-chip performer during yesterday’s session and looks to continue the trend as the under-siege oil giant confirms it has completed its recent capping attempt to prevent the Gulf of Mexico deep-sea oil leak. The market has also been on edge this morning awaiting UK inflation data, with the report emerging at 09:30am claiming it has slowed less than expected by many analysts.

FTSE edges higher on BP push and data-filled week

News - Monday, July 12, 2010

The UK’s blue-chip index is posting marginal gains in today’s session with BP (LON:BP) heading the charge with share price increases of more than six per cent. Reports of asset sell-offs and takeover bids for the oil giants during the weekend have been encouraging news to investors. Delayed GDP figures for the UK will be announced today and the week will be swamped with financial reports from the US giving a broad outlook of the state of the global economy.

FTSE up for fourth consecutive session, year's best week

News - Friday, July 09, 2010

Closing up by 0.54 per cent or 27.49 points the FTSE index of Britain's top 100 stocks reached 5,132.94 at the end of today. This is the fourth consecutive day of gains and caps the strongest week in a year. However the index is still down by 11.9 per cent from April's high point.

FTSE flat on choppy trade

News - Friday, July 09, 2010

After a strong early morning rally FTSE 100 stocks traded up marginally by 13:35 BST. In early afternoon trading the stock index reached 5,112.96, only 0.15 per cent higher than yesterday's close.

Sunny day for UK banks, FTSE rallies to 5,105

News - Thursday, July 08, 2010

Britain's biggest banks received good news from various angles today, climbing substantially. This as well as a good showing by oil stocks sent the FTSE 100 index rallying by 1.8 per cent, gaining 90.63 points for the day, the third trading session in a row posting solid gains.

Broad gains for stocks as banks outperform, BoE keeps 0.5pc

News - Thursday, July 08, 2010

Analyst commentary as well as a turn up in global sentiment sent the FTSE 100 index upwards, with the index gaining 1.20 per cent or 60.32 points, reaching 5,075.14 by 12:40 BST. Positive comments from US bank State Street as well as a hike in the IMF's global growth forecast also served to support Britain's top stocks.

Positive outlook by US bank boosts UK stocks, especially banks

News - Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Breaking the 5,000 mark the FTSE 100 index closed up by 1 per cent, gaining 49.82 points to finish at 5,014.82. A number of stocks posted gains of over 2 per cent with BP, J Sainsbury and banks in the lead.

Markets broadly down, nonetheless J Sainsbury and BP perform strongly

News - Wednesday, July 07, 2010

In morning trading the FTSE 100 index moved down, mainly due to continued fears about the global economic recovery. Mining stocks were particularly unpopular as commodity prices moved down. Good news regarding J Sainsbury and BP boosted both stocks to outperform the FTSE 100 index. London's most important index was down 0.63 per cent or 31.66 points, trading at 4,933.90 by 12:30 BST.

Mining stocks and banks push FTSE up 2.9pct to 4,965

News - Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The banking and mining sectors delivered a significant boost to London's top index today. With the majority of its constituents gaining today the FTSE made up some of the losses of the last week. However even though European markets showed gains today across the board fears over a double dip recession remain.

BP showing solid gains, miners rise, FTSE up 2.2pct

News - Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Trading this morning saw Britain's top stocks gain across the board. Bargain hunters climbed in to buy up shares that have shown losses recently with mining and energy stocks gaining the most. Overall the FTSE 100 index traded at 4.932.30 by 13:00 BST, up 2.25 per cent.

FTSE 100 inches down 0.3 pct on weak banks, miners

News - Monday, July 05, 2010

With US markets closed today the FTSE 100 traded at only 41.9 per cent of its normal volume. As the global economic recovery remains in doubt mining stocks moved down. Banks failed to hold on to their gains earlier this morning. Whilst retail stocks served to support the FTSE 100 the index still closed down by 0.3 per cent or 14.56 points, reaching 4,823.53 at close.

FTSE sideways, M&S and BP up

News - Monday, July 05, 2010

By 12:45 BST the FTSE 100 index was trading at 4,838; down a fraction of point, hovering between -0.5 to 0.5 per cent throughout the morning. Investors are still concerned about the sustainability of the global economic recovery, with last Friday's weak US jobs data serving to spoil things further, leaving miners weak this morning.

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