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FTSE closes deep in red on rising cases, Brexit trade fears and US-China tensions

The FTSE 100 closed firmly in the red on Wednesday as investors were hit with a trifecta of negative news. Coronavirus cases in the US especially continued to climb, while reports emerged that the UK is about to give up on trying to strike a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU. To top it all off, the US has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston, Texas, over allegations of espionage ...

UK equity markets go crazy in wake of decisive Tory victory at the polls, FTSE 250 jumps 4%

UK equity rallied strongly in early trade on Friday as investors welcome the removal of several key risks that have been hanging over the stock market, sparking the pound to post its biggest gain against the dollar in two and a half years, with £1 worth $1.34. The market now has more confidence that Prime Minister Boris Johnson should be able to pass a Brexit deal and for the UK to formally ...

Market report: Domestic stocks under pressure as polls show tighter race, JD Sports down on placing

UK stocks opened on a weak note on Wednesday led by domestically-focused stocks on worries that the Conservative lead in the polls had reduced, opening up the prospect of a hung parliament. The FTSE 100 index was trading down 10 points or 0.14% at 7,203, while the mid cap index was off 0.45% at 20,667 points. Leading the FTSE 100 fallers was sports fashion company JD Sports Fashion (JD.) after ...

Market report: Retail reports defy high-street gloom while Indivior swoons on US court ruling

UK stocks are mostly treading water on Wednesday ahead of yet another Brexit Summit in Europe and a meeting of the European Central Bank. The FTSE 100 is unchanged on last night's close at 7,427 points while the FTSE 250 is up a smidge at 19,463 points. Supermarket giant Tesco (TSCO) reports full year sales and margins which are above its own forecasts, under-pinning the stock’s recent ...

Market report: UK markets hammered after huge US sell-off, Stagecoach to sell US arm and Shire sale wins Japan buyer vote

UK markets could be in for a fraught day’s trading action on Wednesday as investors mull over the implication of a big overnight sell-off in New York. US shares saw some hefty falls as uncertainties creep in over President Trump's trade pact with China and worries gain traction over the strength of the US economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 both fell by more than ...
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