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FTSE 100 Climbs on Thursday

News - Thursday, February 27, 2014

Following two consecutive days of losses, the FTSE 100 has finally started on its path back to an all time high. The UK’s top index rose by 0.2% of Thursday, partially recovering from a 0.5% loss earlier in the week.

FTSE Slips During Nervous Trading Session

News - Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The FTSE 100 slipped by 31.35 points on Wednesday, after both ITV and Tesco suffered serious dips in their share price. By the close of trading, the UK’s leading index was sat at 6,799.15, slowly sliding further away from its 14 year high.

GKN Falls and FTSE Winning run Ends

News - Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The FTSE 100 fell by 0.5 percent on Tuesday, ending a week-long winning run. The UK’s leading index was dragged down in part by engineering group GKN’s warning that it would be adversely affected by currency movements.

FTSE Reaches 14 Year High

News - Monday, February 24, 2014

The FTSE 100 has reached a 14 year closing high, thanks to a rally on Wall Street and a flurry of trading activity in the UK. However, analysts warn that the FTSE's strong performance has not been supported by good news from the global economy, so caution is still the order of the day.

FTSE Soars on Vodafone Performance

News - Saturday, February 22, 2014

The FTSE 100 soared to its highest point since the end of May 2013, thanks in part to huge gains by Vodafone. The UK’s leading index climbed to 6,838.06 points, a gain of 0.4 percent, putting the index almost seven percent higher than its early February low point.

FTSE Struggles Thanks to Weak Miners

News - Friday, February 21, 2014

The FTSE 100 had a difficult trading day on Thursday, thanks to poor performances in the mining sector. The UK’s leading index tracked gains seen in the U.S., but progress was held back by the announcement of falling factory activity in China, and BAE Systems forecasting lower earnings this year.

Sports Direct Gains As Broader Market Flat

News - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sports Direct posted an impressive rally on Wednesday, after releasing a better than expected trading update. Meanwhile, the broader FTSE 100 remained flat thanks to rising unemployment figures.

FTSE Soars on Property and Commodity Gains

News - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The FTSE 100 posted impressive gains on Tuesday, outpacing other European markets thanks to a strong session for commodities and the property market. The performance reflected the market’s general relief over better-than-expected improvements to Chinese lending figures, which proved that there was hope for emerging markets.

Ex Divs to Hamper FTSE This Week

News - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

On Wednesday, several companies in the FTSE 100 will go ex-dividend. This means that new investors will no longer qualify for the next dividend payout. While no-one can be certain exactly how much of an impact this will have on the markets, calculations performed by Reuters suggest that, at the current prices, the adjustment that market-makers will perform after the shares go ex-dividend will take just over 14 points from the index.

FTSE Extends February Rebound

News - Saturday, February 15, 2014

The FTSE 100 edged higher on Friday, successfully extending the rebound that has taken place over the last two weeks. The rally was led by miners, who saw their shares surge thanks to rising basic materials and precious metal prices.

FTSE Ends Six Day Upward Trend

News - Thursday, February 13, 2014

The FTSE 100 fell on Thursday after six straight days of gains, bringing an end to what was the longest positive streak of the year so far. The fall was led by Tate & Lyle and Rolls Royce, both of which had published disappointing outlooks.

FTSE Rally Continues For Sixth Day

News - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The FTSE 100 rose for the sixth day in succession on Wednesday, helped by positive trade data coming out of China.

FTSE Enjoys 5th Day of Gains

News - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The FTSE 100 closed up for the fifth day in a row on Tuesday, gaining 1.2 percent on strong retail data.

Is the Diversity Deficit Harming The FTSE 100?

News - Monday, February 10, 2014

The UK government has long been campaigning to improve the gender diversty in the FTSE 100, and there are targets in place to encourage FTSE 100 leaders to get a greater percentage of women in their board rooms by 2015. However, gender imbalances are not the issue that FTSE companies face. Two thirds of companies on the UK’s leading index still have all-white leadership teams.

Why There's No Need to Panic About Emerging Markets

News - Sunday, February 09, 2014

The emerging markets crisis is testing the nerves of investors around the world. Those who invest in the FTSE 100 in particular are concerned about the stability of emerging markets because so many FTSE 100 listed companies have exposure to emerging economies. However, many analysts believe that the crisis is a short term problem, and that there is still long term value in those stocks.

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