30 October 2020 - Growing fears over rising coronavirus infections caused the FTSE 100 to lose ground for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday (29 October). London’s blue-chip index edged 0.02% lower to 5,581.75.
23 October 2020 - UK stocks inched higher on Thursday (22 October) after Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a multi-billion pound support package for coronavirus-hit firms.
25 September 2020 - Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s plan to save millions of jobs (more below) from the coronavirus fallout failed to haul UK stocks out of the red on Thursday (24 September). The FTSE 100 ended the day down 1.3% at 5,822.78.
18 September 2020 - The UK’s leading stock market index ended Thursday (17 September) in the red as the Bank of England held interest rates and warned on an “unusually uncertain” outlook for the economy.
07 August 2020 - The FTSE 100 plunged by 1.27% to 6,026.94 on Thursday (6 August) after the Bank of England (BoE) held interest rates and warned the economic recovery from coronavirus might take another 18 months.
15 May 2020 - The FTSE 100 plunge into the red on Thursday (14 May) after Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey warned that the UK’s economy could suffer long-term damage from the coronavirus shutdown.
01 May 2020 - The FTSE 100 index of stocks finished 3.5% down at 5,901.21 points on Thursday. The index was sunk by the news that Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA), down 11.37% on the day, was slashing its dividend for the first time since the Second World War due to severe falloff in demand for oil, because of the coronavirus crisis.
17 April 2020 - The FTSE 100 finished Thursday (9 April) strongly despite warnings that the UK economy could shrink by up to 25% in the second quarter of the year if the coronavirus lockdown persists.
03 April 2020 - A surge in the price of Brent Crude helped lift the FTSE 100 into the black on Thursday (2 April), with oil giants Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDSA) and BP plc (BP) among the day’s best performers.
27 March 2020 - The FTSE 100 rebounded from early losses on Thursday (26 March) despite the Bank of England (BoE) warning that the coronavirus could have a damaging long-term effect on the economy.
20 March 2020 - The FTSE 100 bounced back from a near decade low on Thursday (19 March) after the Bank of England slashed rates and pumped £200 billion of fresh quantitative easing into the financial system to protect the economy.
13 March 2020 - The FTSE 100 index of stocks suffered one of its worst ever days on Thursday losing 10.87% of its value as markets responded to the US travel ban on European countries.