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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: Infrastructure investor John Laing tumbles, Dixons Carphone higher as losses narrow

The FTSE 100 opened somewhat higher this morning as the UK public goes to the polls, with markets tentatively optimistic of a Conservative victory. However, trading volumes were said to be low, and shortly after trading started, the UK’s benchmark index was up 0.25%, or 17.56 points, to 7,233.81. POUND AND POWER PRICE HITS JOHN LAING A big mover this morning was infrastructure investor ...

Market report: UK stocks up on record US close, Sainsbury sales fall, Purplebricks exits US

UK stock markets responds to new record highs for US shares overnight as trade tensions loosen between the US and China ease off ahead of the 4 July holiday in the States. The S&P 500 finished the session up 0.3% at 2,973.01 while the technology heavy Nasdaq Composite closed 0.2% up at 8,109.09. That mood leaks across the pond to UK stocks with the benchmark UK index FTSE 100 rallying ...

Market report: Babcock takeover rebuffed, Kier rethinks strategy as airlines come under Lufthansa pressure

UK investors begin the week with takeover talk to digest after defence contractor Babcock (BAB) admits it turned down approaches of a tie-up from outsourcing peer Serco (SRP). There is also a strategy overhaul reported by troubled construction firm Kier (KIE) and a profit warning from German airline Lufthansa to mull, the latter hurting UK listed airlines that have been struggling with rising ...

Market Report: Merlin pressure rises as activist calls for action, Serco jumps on naval acquisition

UK stocks are in sharp reverse in early trade on Thursday as growing tensions between the US and China, and doubts over Theresa May's government leadership because of Brexit continue to gnaw away at investor confidence. The benchmark FTSE 100 slumps more than 80 points, or roughly 1.2%, to 7,247.66, although a swathe of companies going ex-dividend today (when new shareholders lose the right to ...
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