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UK markets higher as Rolls-Royce slashes costs, but oil rally runs into headwind

UK markets made a strong start in this shortened trading week with European equity futures rising this morning as some commentators turn less gloomy. At 9am, the benchmark FTSE 100 index is up 2.7% at 5,563.52, led by aero-engineer Rolls-Royce (RR.), while the rally of the mid cap FTSE 250 is even firmer, jumping 4.6% at 14,752.45.A slowdown in the growth rate of new US coronavirus cases may ...

Market report: Melrose flies on aerospace sales while Boohoo struts its stuff

The FTSE 100 opens marginally lower at 7,304 on Thursday after the Prime Minister was boxed in by Parliament overnight. MPs from both sides blocked both a no-deal Brexit and a call for a snap election. In addition a number of stocks are trading ex-dividend today, dragging on the index. After the close last night FTSE Russell announced its quarterly index review, making three changes to the FTSE ...

Market report: UK stock markets stage recovery rally but inkjet print tech firm Xaar warns again

UK stock markets are on the front foot in early trade on Friday as investors are somewhat soothed by a bounce on Wall Street overnight. The leading FTSE 100 index rises by nearly 100 points to 6,683.60 at 10am, recovering some of the losses chalked-up during pre-Christmas trading sessions. Much of that can be related back to action across the pond in New York, where major US markets regained a ...

Market report: Investor eyes on economic news, profits slump at Morrisons while Debenhams buyout ruled out

UK investors will likely spend most of Thursday morning mulling the possibilities of three central bank announcements later today. The Bank of England’s news at midday has damp squib written all over it while the ECB’s likely downgrade to growth estimates has already been leaked. We’ll find out the facts at 12.45pm, but it is Turkey that could grab the economic headlines, also at ...
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