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The week in review

  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 inches higher after Chancellor reveals new business support package

    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.

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  • Week in Review: Sunak’s jobs plan fails to haul UK stocks out of the red

    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.

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  • Week in Review: Fresh coronavirus restrictions spook investors

    16 October 2020 - A spate of new lockdown restrictions in Europe spooked investors on Thursday (15 October).

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  • Week in Review: US stimulus hopes boost European shares

    09 October 2020 - Investors were encouraged by reports that the US was preparing a fresh stimulus package to ward off the economic damage caused by coronavirus on Thursday (8 October).

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  • Week in Review: Brexit hope supports UK share prices

    02 October 2020 - Reports of progress in the Brexit negotiations between the UK and European Union supported share prices on Thursday (1 October). The FTSE 100 closed 0.23% higher at 5879.45.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 edges lower as BoE warns on uncertain economic recovery

    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.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 down as Brexit negotiations reach boiling point

    11 September 2020 - The FTSE 100 ended the day down by the tiniest of margins on Thursday (10 September) as tensions erupted in the Brexit trade deal talks (see below for more).

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  • Week in Review: Wall Street sell-off drags FTSE 100 into the red

    04 September 2020 - A sell-off on Wall Street dragged European indices deep into negative territory on Thursday afternoon (3 September).

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 sinks in disappointing day for European markets

    28 August 2020 - The FTSE 100 dipped 0.75% lower to 5,999.99 on Thursday (27 August) in what was a disappointing day for European markets.

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  • Week in Review: Gloomy Fed outlook weighs on global stocks

    21 August 2020 - The US Federal Reserve’s gloomy prediction of a slow economic recovery from coronavirus weighed heavily on global stocks on Thursday (20 August).

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 rally runs out of steam

    14 August 2020 - he FTSE 100 dropped 1.5% to 6,185.62 on Thursday (13 August) as investor profit taking put an end to the blue-chip index’s recent rally.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 slides as Bank of England warns on coronavirus recovery

    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.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 slides following dire US and German GDP data

    31 July 2020 - Global stocks plunged on Thursday (30 July) following news that the US and German economies shrank 9.5% and 10.1%, respectively, on a quarterly basis between April and June.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 shrugs off escalating US-China tensions

    24 July 2020 - The FTSE 100 clung onto its earlier gains on Thursday (23 July) despite escalating tension between the US and China, the world’s only superpowers.

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  • Week in Review: Bleak jobs data drags FTSE 100 into the red

    17 July 2020 - London stocks slipped on Thursday (16 July) following bleak data revealing how 649,000 UK workers had lost their jobs during the coronavirus.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 plunges as global coronavirus cases exceed 12 million

    10 July 2020 - The FTSE 100 plunged sharply on Thursday (9 July) following news that the number of global coronavirus cases had broken through 12 million and were still rising.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 races higher on coronavirus vaccine hopes

    03 July 2020 - The FTSE 100 raced higher on Thursday (2 July) following reports of a potential new vaccine for the coronavirus.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 rebounds as investors shrug off fears of second Coronavirus wave in US

    26 June 2020 - The FTSE 100 recovered from early lows on Thursday (25 June) as investors seemed to shrug off a sharp increase in Coronavirus infections in the US.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 finishes lower despite BoE’s stimulus efforts

    19 June 2020 - The FTSE 100 ended Thursday (18 June) down despite fresh stimulus from the Bank of England, which increased its bond-buying programme by £100 billion.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 plunges 4% on slow recovery fears

    12 June 2020 - The FTSE 100 plunged 3.99% to 6,076.70 on Thursday (11 June) on the back of investor fears of slower-than-hoped-for economic recovery data emanating from the US Federal Reserve.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 dips as investors take their feet off the gas

    05 June 2020 - The FTSE 100 dipped 0.64% to 6,341.44 on Thursday (4 June) as investors took their feet off the gas following three days of consecutive gains for the UK’s blue-chip index.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 rises sharply over lockdown easing hopes

    29 May 2020 - The FTSE 100 finished Thursday (28 May) strongly as major European countries signalled further easing to their lockdown measures.

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  • Week in Review: Alarming dip in business activity pushes FTSE 100 into the red

    22 May 2020 - The FTSE 100 ended Thursday (21 May) in the red following fresh data showing a severe drop in business activity in May

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  • Week in Review: Dire warning on UK economy sends shares into a tailspin

    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.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 holds firm despite dismal construction data

    07 May 2020 - The FTSE 100 held strong on Wednesday (6 May) despite dismal data showing construction output suffered its biggest ever slump in April.

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  • Week in Review: Historic Royal Dutch Shell dividend cut sinks FTSE 100

    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.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 boosted as investors flock to housebuilders and carmakers

    24 April 2020 - Investors flocked to housebuilders and carmakers on Thursday (23 April) after many of them revealed plans to return to work following the coronavirus shutdown.

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  • Week in Review: Weaker pound pushes FTSE 100 into positive territory

    17 April 2020 - A weaker pound helped push the largely dollar earning FTSE 100 into positive territory on Thursday (16 April) in what was a relatively buoyant day for European markets.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 climbs higher as investors shrug off warnings over UK economy

    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.

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  • Week in Review: Surging oil stocks nudge FTSE 100 into the black

    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.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 rebounds as Bank of England warns on UK economy

    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.

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  • Week in Review: Interest rate cut sees FTSE 100 bounce back from near 10-year low

    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.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE rocked by biggest one-day fall in 30 years in wake of Trump travel ban

    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.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 suffers sharp losses as coronavirus fears spooks markets

    06 March 2020 - The FTSE 100 suffered another painful day of losses on Thursday as worries about the coronavirus outbreak once again spooked markets.

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  • Week in Review: Market panic over coronavirus

    28 February 2020 - Amid fears the coronavirus could have the same impact on the world economy as the financial crisis the FTSE 100 was on course for its worst weekly drop since the Eurozone debt crisis in 2011.

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  • Week in Review: Weak pound props up FTSE amid coronavirus warnings

    21 February 2020 - A mounting number of corporate warnings about the impact of China’s coronavirus outbreak put pressure on global equities.

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