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Market report: Ted Baker plunges on overstated inventory, Harry Potter publisher up as it enters China

The FTSE 100 got off to a strong start on Monday following better than expected manufacturing data coming out of China. The Caixin/Markit manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index showed a reading of 51.8 in November, up from 51.7 the previous month and the fastest expansion since December 2016. Anything above 50 signals expansion, and anything less than 50 signals contraction in the ...

Market report: BP lower after lurching into loss, profit warning hurts Hunting

London’s FTSE 100 gave up 26.8 points to trade at 7,304.5 early on Tuesday, dragged lower by supermajor BP (BP.), ongoing domestic election uncertainties as well as a further slowdown in house price growth which weighed on large cap builders Berkeley (BKG), Barratt Developments (BDEV) and Taylor Wimpey (TW.). Oil major BP softened 3.9p to 508.1p after reporting a sharp drop in third quarter ...

Market report: National Grid probe, Halfords hit by profits slide but Cranswick rallies

Mining companies act as a drag on early deals on London’s stock market on Tuesday capping gains for a record-setting FTSE 100. The UK’s blue-chip index closed at 7,853.17 on Monday. In early trades on Tuesday the index is limited to single-digit progress, nudging the FTSE 100 to 7,860.62. There’s also shock news that energy watchdog Ofgem has opened an investigation into National Grid's ...

Market report: Correction carnage continues to hit markets, just a single FTSE 100 stock up in early trading

UK investors batten down the hatches in early trade on Tuesday as the bloodbath on global stock markets continues. Asian markets plunged overnight taking the lead of the Dow Jones which registered its largest points fall in history. UK investors are rightly rattled as they ponder whether this is simply a correction after a prolonged run for share prices, or if there is something far more ...
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