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European stocks take ECB interest rate hike in their stride, FTSE 100 closes up 0.2%

Stocks in Europe took the latest European Central Bank interest rate decision in their stride on Thursday, though to varying degrees, as the FTSE 100 underperformed.The ECB lifted rates by 25 basis points, taking the interest rate on the main refinancing operations, the marginal lending facility, and the deposit facility to 4.25%, 4.50% and 3.75%, respectively.It means the Frankfurt-based central

UK labour data surprises but investors remain wary over wage growth; FTSE 100 flat

Stock prices in London opened mixed on Tuesday morning in London, as markets eyed shock UK labour market data.The FTSE 100 index opened down 5.90 points, 0.1%, at 7,267.89.The large cap index was held back by a stronger pound, but boosted by share price rises among its mining stocks, amid the prospect of stimulative measures in China.The FTSE 250 was up 104.55 points, 0.6%, at 18,132.51, and the A

Stocks to watch over the next 7 days: Barclays, Reckitt, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and big tech

Barclays to kick off key reporting season with UK banks undera cloudThe recent crisis in the sector has raised questions about financial stabilityThe collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and the resulting fallout in the banking sector is not the best backdrop for the UK banks as they get set to report first quarter numbers.Up first is Barclays (BARC) on 27 April. Its 2022 results published on 15 Februa

Choices, choices. The pool of shares on lower valuations is getting bigger by the day

It may not feel like the right environment to go shopping for stocks given market sentiment remains poor. Yet anyone prepared to look beyond the near term might find some great companies at more attractive prices than at any other point in the past two years.This year has seen investors flock to value stocks where they could access profitable businesses on cheap valuations. Looking at classic valu

US futures point higher as FTSE 100 struggles for direction in muted lunchtime trade

Major UK stocks are struggling for direction at lunchtime on Friday with European markets a mixed bag, and while mid-cap sellers are out in force investors may take some comfort that futures are pointing to US markets finishing on the front foot after a turbulent week.At 12pm, the benchmark FTSE 100 was just a touch south of flat at 7,448.84, roughly matching the 0.07% decline of the pan-European
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