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FTSE analysis: Disparity between UK and European stocks grows larger

HSBC and Glencore shares drop on disappointing earnings, although the overall positive appetite for global stocks and China’s latest efforts to shore up its stock market keeps the FTSE’s downside limited, as attention turns to the upcoming earnings results from Nvidia after the close.

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February 21, 2024 08:00 AM
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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 analysis: UK CPI gives stocks much-needed boost

CPI-related gains mostly given back by the FTSE, but expectations of a sooner-than-expected BoE rate cuts have been re-ignited, which could encourage dip-buyers. Indeed, technical analysis suggests bullish trend is well and truly underway for FTSE. Meanwhile, London-listed energy stocks could find support from crude oil, now up for 6th day.

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December 20, 2023 07:37 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 analysis: UK stocks poised for breakout as BoE rate cut bets increase

The under-performing FTSE managed to bounce modestly off its earlier lows as the pound fell after data showed the UK economy shrank more than expected, prompting traders to ramp up bets on Bank of England interest-rate cuts next year.

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December 13, 2023 07:00 AM
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FTSE and crude oil analysis: Will rebound in oil finally lift UK index?

Can rebounding oil prices fuel rally in energy stocks like BP and Shell? FTSE technical analysis hints at potential recovery for UK index. Meanwhile, Brent crude oil rises above 200-day average ahead of OPEC meeting.

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FTSE analysis: Time for UK to join global rally?

The ongoing stock market rally continues. With the US Thanksgiving holiday keeping trading on the quieter side today, the European markets edged higher. The DAX has now completely made back the entire losses it suffered between September and October. Other mainland European indices have similarly made strong gains, along with Wall Street. But frustratingly for the UK market, the FTSE has not shown much desire to go higher.

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November 24, 2023 11:00 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: Inflation cooldown hits sterling and lifts stocks

UK inflation has cooled, sinking the pound, lifting stocks and raising hopes the Bank of England is almost done raising interest rates.

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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: Unemployment rises and wages jump – Top UK stocks

We had mixed economic data out this morning, with signs that labour market is cooling but wages continue to surge higher, raising the pressure on inflation figures out tomorrow.

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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: Stocks hit by surprise US credit rating downgrade – Top UK stocks

We have updates out from BAE Systems, Smurfit Kappa, Taylor Wimpey, Haleon, ConvaTec, Wizz Air, Virgin Money and many more this morning.

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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.