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The week in review

  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 down on US Fed hike talk

    18 June 2021 - The FTSE 100 traded down on Thursday (17 June) as investors digested US Federal Reserve announcements around interest rates.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 flat as inflation soars in the US

    11 June 2021 - The FTSE 100 traded flat on Thursday (10 June) as investors chewed over higher-than-expected US inflation data.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 declines as travel stocks take a hit

    04 June 2021 - The FTSE 100 finished the day down on Thursday (3 June) as travel firms faced bad news from changes to the UK Government Covid travel green list.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 dips into the red

    28 May 2021 - The FTSE 100 dipped into the red on Thursday (27 May) following a largely uneventful day for major UK shares.

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  • Week in Review: Brighter economic outlook pushes FTSE 100 higher

    21 May 2021 - The FTSE 100 rose 1% to 7,019.79 on Thursday (20 May) as investors were heartened by an improving economic picture in Europe and the US.

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  • Week in Review: Inflation fears push FTSE 100 lower

    14 May 2021 - The FTSE 100 closed lower for the third time this week on Thursday (13 May) as fears over rising inflation continue to spook investors.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 leaps higher as Bank of England talks up economy

    07 May 2021 - The FTSE 100 leapt higher on Thursday (6 May) as the Bank of England (BoE) upgraded its forecasts for the UK economy (see Economic Update).

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 briefly tops 7,000 but falls away

    30 April 2021 - The FTSE 100 was flat on Thursday (29 April) despite briefly reaching above 7,000 again - the second time in a fortnight.

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  • Week in Review: Industrial and consumer stocks lift FTSE 100

    23 April 2021 - The FTSE 100 hopped higher on Thursday (22 April), boosted by industrial and consumer stocks.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 rival gathers pace as index nears 7,000

    16 April 2021 - The FTSE 100’s revival gathered pace on Thursday (15 April) as the index returned to pre-pandemic levels and ended the day within a whisker of 7,000.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 hits 13-month high on recovery hopes

    09 April 2021 - FTSE 100 hits 13-month high on recovery hopes

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  • Week in Review: Positive economic data boosts pound but sinks FTSE 100

    01 April 2021 - Better than expected economic data (see Economic Update) boosted the pound on Wednesday (31 March), which acted as a drag on the FTSE 100.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 hit by oil price slump

    26 March 2021 - The energy stock heavy FTSE 100 was dragged down by a steep fall in the price of oil on Thursday (25 March).

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  • Week in Review: FTSE calm as Bank of England holds rates

    19 March 2021 - Both the FTSE 100 and 250 were relatively flat on Thursday, posting small gains as the Bank of England announced it was holding interest rates at 0.1%.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE up as US stimulus deal calms markets

    12 March 2021 - Both the FTSE 100 and 250 rose in trading on Thursday as investors continued a markets revival after the US House of Representatives agreed a huge $1.9 trillion stimulus package for the world’s largest economy.

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  • Week in Review: Turbulent FTSE down on US market sell off expectations

    05 March 2021 - Expectations of more falls in US markets led the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 lower on Thursday (4 March).

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  • Week in Review: Plunging US share prices drag down FTSE 100

    26 February 2021 - Plunging US share prices dragged the FTSE 100 into the red following a relatively strong start for the UK’s blue-chip index on Thursday (25 February)

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 slumps following disappointing US jobs data

    19 February 2021 - Worse-than-expected US jobs data caused the FTSE 100 to slide on Thursday (18 February).

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  • Week in Review: Post-Brexit teething problems weigh on UK shares

    12 February 2021 - The FTSE 100 ended the day flat on Thursday (11 February), with some experts blaming post-Brexit trade friction with the European Union for the lacklustre performance of British shares.

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  • Week in Review: Soaring sterling acts as a drag on FTSE 100

    05 February 2021 - Soaring sterling acts as a drag on FTSE 100

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  • Week in Review: US market volatility makes UK investors nervous

    28 January 2021 - US market volatility makes UK investors nervous

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  • Week in Review: FTSE off slightly as Biden gets to work in Washington

    22 January 2021 - The FTSE 100 was down slightly on Thursday as Joe Biden’s term in office as US President got underway.

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  • Week in Review: Vaccine news breathes life into FTSE 100

    15 January 2021 - The FTSE 100 took off on Thursday (14 January) after reports that the Government was planning to ramp up its coronavirus vaccination programme.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 flat in wake of US Capitol violence

    08 January 2021 - In the wake of political violence in the US Capitol building in Washington DC we saw the FTSE 100 tread water on Thursday (7 January).

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  • Week in Review: Sterling’s strength holds back FTSE 100 as Brexit hopes grow

    18 December 2020 - The FTSE 100 was held back by a stronger pound on Thursday (17 December) as hopes of a Brexit deal grew.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 ticks up as Brexit talks extended

    11 December 2020 - The FTSE 100 closed higher on Thursday (10 December) after the UK and EU agreed to extend Brexit talks until Sunday.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE swings as pound hits 12-month high against the dollar

    04 December 2020 - Both FTSE 100 and 250 finished Thursday up as renewed hopes of a Brexit deal sent the pound soaring against the US dollar – reaching a high of $1.349 late on.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE treads water as gloomy economic data counteracts vaccine jubilation

    27 November 2020 - Both the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 continue to tread water as gloomy economic forecasts are published and doubts cast over the Oxford University vaccine.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 sinks on IMF global economy warning

    20 November 2020 - European shares slumped on Thursday (19 November) after the International Monetary Fund warned that the global economic recovery was showing signs of losing momentum.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 drifts after reaching its highest level since June

    13 November 2020 - After a week-long rally the FTSE 100 index of stocks drifted on Thursday, down some 0.7% at 6338.94.

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  • Week in Review: FTSE 100 lifted by Bank of England stimulus

    06 November 2020 - Fresh economic stimulus from the Bank of England (see Economic Update below) helped UK shares end the day in positive territory on Thursday (5 November).

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  • Week in Review: Coronavirus fears cause FTSE 100 to lose ground for fourth consecutive day

    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.

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  • 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: 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: 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: 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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