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FTSE outlook: UK stocks underperform again but future may be brighter

FTSE continues to underperform European and US markets, with new records or multi-year highs set for mainland European indices after S&P crossed 5K. Yet the FTSE was lower again. Still, UK stocks are at “record cheap” levels ahead of busy week of data.

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February 12, 2024 05:30 AM
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FTSE analysis: Banks and luxury stocks weigh ahead of key data

FTSE analysis: Why has UK 100 struggled? Top-tier Chinese, UK and US data could ignite much-needed momentum into the FTSE this week, as technical analysis suggests bulls may still be clinging on...

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January 15, 2024 07:30 AM
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FTSE analysis: UK index looks to buck EU market weakness as oil climbs

Disappointing Eurozone data put some pressure on European indices on Thursday morning, following the sizeable rally in Europe and US the day before. This saw major European indices drop sharply this morning, led by a 2% fall in Spain’s Ibex. But the FTSE was holding its own relatively better, as rebounding crude oil helped to fuel a rally in energy stocks.

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January 9, 2024 06:30 AM

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FTSE and Pound analysis: BoE not so dovish after Fed pivot

The FTSE eased off from earlier highs on not-so-dovish BoE hold. The key takeaway point is that there was no pivot, with the BoE warning that there's still some way to go on inflation front. This implies tight policy for longer. GBP/USD extends post FOMC rally as BoE's "finely balanced" decision saw three dissenters voted for 25bps hike.

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December 14, 2023 07:30 AM
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FTSE 100, DAX analysis: UK lags EU and US stock market recovery

After hitting a new all-time high in February, the FTSE has struggled to find any sustainable support, hurt by concerns over China, UK’s struggling economy and high interest rates across the world. But we have had some positive data out of China, the UK and US this week, which may mean the worst days are behind us.

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November 16, 2023 06:30 AM
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FTSE 100 forecast: Top stocks to watch ahead of FTSE rebalance

The next FTSE index review will take effect later in September. Find out which UK stocks are on the move and why it matters.

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FTSE 100 analysis: Can it snap a 7-day losing streak?

The FTSE 100 is hoping to end its longest losing streak since mid-2019 today.

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FTSE 100 analysis: UK GDP surprise lifts pound and sinks stocks – Top UK stocks

The UK economy grew faster than expected in the second quarter, but that is fuelling fears that inflation could remain elevated.

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FTSE 100 analysis: Glencore shares drop despite additional returns – Top UK stocks

The FTSE 100 is under pressure in the wake of weak economic data out of China, as Glencore dishes out more cash to shareholders despite a tough first half.

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FTSE 100 analysis: UK house prices fall for 4th successive month – Top UK stocks

Homebuilders are in play as UK house prices remain under pressure, buyers are circling for Haleon’s non-core assets and mining giants are following iron ore prices lower.

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FTSE 100 analysis: Travel stocks rise on record summer demand – Top UK stocks

London-listed travel stocks are on the rise today as demand remains buoyant, although it isn’t proving enough to stop the FTSE 100 hitting fresh two-week lows.

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FTSE 100 analysis: BoE to hike rates to 15-year high – Top UK stocks

The Bank of England is expected to increase rates for a 14th consecutive time today as the battle against inflation continues.

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FTSE 100 analysis: BP and HSBC up in wake of earnings – Top UK stocks

BP ups shareholder returns despite a sharp drop in profits, HSBC has raised its outlook and markets are digesting news that shop price inflation fell for the first time in two years in July.

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FTSE 100 analysis: UK to expand North Sea oil drilling – Top UK stocks

UK oil producers are on the rise as the government looks to kickstart fresh drilling in the North Sea, BT Group finds its next CEO and Spectris lifts its full year outlook.

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FTSE 100 analysis: Rolls Royce shares pop on huge beat – Top UK stocks

Rolls Royce shares have hit their highest level in over three years after smashing expectations in the first half, while UK banks are trading lower as earnings season begins.

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FTSE 100 analysis: Vodafone shares rise on sales beat – Top UK stocks

Vodafone beat expectations in the first quarter, while airline stocks are under pressure as wildfires ravage Greece.

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FTSE 100 analysis: Surprise acceleration in UK retail sales – Top UK stocks

UK retail sales picked-up more than expected in June, but we saw consumer confidence take its first knock in over six months to suggest thing are getting tougher for the British public.

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FTSE 100 analysis: IDS shares rise as it appoints new CEO – Top UK stocks

Markets are digesting a flurry of results and updates out from the likes of easyJet, Dunelm, Babcock, IDS, Vistry Group, Alphawave and Premier Foods.

FTSE 100 analysis: Blue-chips hit by soft China GDP data – Top UK stocks

The FTSE 100 is struggling to keep up the momentum we saw last week in the wake of soft economic data out of China.

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FTSE 100 analysis: BT Group CEO set to stand down – Top UK stocks

BT Group is losing its CEO, while Morgan Stanley says UK equities look cheap.

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FTSE 100 Analysis: House prices see biggest drop in 12 years – Top UK stocks

The FTSE 100 is at its lowest level in eight months after suffering heavy falls this week.

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FTSE 100 Analysis: AO World pops on return to profit – Top UK stocks

The FTSE 100 is on course to lose ground for a third consecutive day as AO World shares rise after it escaped the red.