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FTSE 100 Steady During Light Trading

News - Friday, July 03, 2009

Trading on the London Stock Exchange was light on Friday, with little in the way of corporate news, and markets in the U.S. closed for the 4th July holiday.

Marks Sparks FTSE 100 Recovery

News - Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Wednesday marked the first day of the third quarter, and London equities made further headway, helped by better than expected results from Marks & Spencer, and robust commodity prices, which drove up energy and mining stocks.

Banks and Insurers Keep FTSE 100 in the Blue

News - Monday, June 29, 2009

London equities made a steady start on Monday morning and, by midday, the FTSE 100 index was up by 11 points, or 0.3%, at 4,252.47.

FTSE 100 Clambers into the Blue

News - Friday, June 26, 2009

The FTSE 100 index slipped 27.41 points, or 0.64%, on Thursday to close within sight of the 4,200 point mark, at 4,252.57.

Buoyant Mining Sector Fails to Lift FTSE 100

News - Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Trading on the London Stock Exchange was light and cautious, on Wednesday, with members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee due to appear before the Treasury Select Committee and a statement expected from the Federal Open Market Committee in the U.S. later in the day. Share prices remained mixed, but the overall bias was moderately firmer, as mining and metal stocks were boosted by rising metal prices, and offset weaknesses in defensive pharmaceutical and tobacco stocks.

FTSE 100 Slips Despite Proposed Xstrata Merger

News - Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Share prices in mining and energy companies were dragged lower by falling commodity prices on Monday morning, and the FTSE 100 was struggling, despite a proposed merger between Xstrata and Anglo American.

Insurance Companies Strong on "Triple Witching" Day

News - Monday, June 22, 2009

Friday was a so-called "triple witching" day, with options, index futures and options on index futures all expiring on the same day, and adding volatility to the market.

Weak Mining Stocks Drag FTSE 100 Below 4,300

News - Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The London Stock Exchange reflected waning investor confidence in New York and Asia on Friday morning and by midday the FTSE 100 index was down 31 points at 4,297.59.

FTSE 100 Lower with Mining Stocks Taking The Lead

News - Monday, June 15, 2009

The strength of the U.S. dollar across the board on Monday was responsible, in part, for a sharp fall in crude oil and metal prices, and the fall was reflected by the FTSE 100 index.

FTSE 100 Broadly Unchanged Ahead of Weekend

News - Friday, June 12, 2009

The FTSE 100 index remained broadly flat during early trading on Friday, on a day when company news was sparse and trading light.

FSTE 100 Approaches 4,500 Points

News - Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Stronger commodity prices lifted demand for raw material and energy stocks on the London Stock Exchange on Monday morning, and by 11.30 a.m., the FTSE 100 index was up 52 points or 1.2% at 4,457.29 whilst the mid-cap FTSE 250 index was up 81 points or 1% at 7,771.11.

Banking Sector News Fails to Lift FTSE 100

News - Monday, June 08, 2009

The FTSE 100 index closed up 51.62 points or 1.2% at 4,438.56 on Friday but news from both Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group failed to inspire investor confidence on Monday morning and weaker commodity prices weighed heavily on energy and mining stocks.

Mining Stocks Lead FTSE 100 Sharply Higher

News - Saturday, June 06, 2009

The mining sector as a whole was buoyant on Friday morning, helping to lift the FTSE 100 index 70 points, or 1.6% to 4,457.25 in early trading.

Pressure on Banks Drags FTSE 100 into the Red

News - Wednesday, June 03, 2009

There was good news for the services sector in the U.K. on Wednesday morning with the revelation that the Purchasing Managers' Service Sector Index – prepared by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, and Markit – rose to 51.7 in May compared with 48.7 in April.

British Economic Data Lifts FTSE 100

News - Saturday, May 30, 2009

A surprise 1.2% rise in housing prices in the U.K. in May, according to figures released by the Nationwide, lifted Sterling to a fresh six-month high against the dollar and investor confidence on Friday morning.

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