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Market Report - Close
26 Jan
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London close: Energy, travel plays see FTSE finish firmer

London stocks finished comfortably above the waterline on Wednesday, boosted by a strong performance from the travel sector, as investors held their breath ahead of the latest policy announcement from the US Federal Reserve.

25 Jan
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London close: Stocks keep hold of gains through afternoon trading

London stocks managed a positive finish on Tuesday, maintaining their momentum from a positive close on Wall Street, with Royal Mail pacing the advance after a well-received update.

24 Jan
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London close: Stocks firmly weaker after 'brutal' start to week

London stocks closed well below the waterline on Monday, after a survey showed that business growth in the UK slid to an 11-month low in January, while growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine also weighed on sentiment.

21 Jan
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London close: Stocks end week on a down note

London stocks fell at the end of the week amid investors' jitters around the prospects for policy tightening by the US central bank and after the Office of National Statistics reported that UK retail sales cratered at the end of 2021.

20 Jan
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London close: Stocks little changed amid light profit-taking

London's top-flight index was little changed at the end of the session on Thursday amid light profit-taking and alongside a small advance for Sterling, although some analysts in the City said that news overnight that China had cut lending rates was well-received.

19 Jan
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London close: Stocks finish higher despite 30-year inflation record

London stocks managed a positive finish on Wednesday, lifted by well-received updates from the likes of Pearson and Burberry, as data showed UK inflation surging to its highest level in nearly three decades in December.

18 Jan
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London close: Rising bond yields keep stocks in the red

London stocks remained weaker by the close on Tuesday amid rising bond yields, as investors digested the latest UK jobs data.

17 Jan
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London close: Stocks higher, GSK jumps on rejection of Unilever deal

London stocks closed above the waterline on Monday, with pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline pacing the advance after it confirmed it had rejected an offer from Unilever for its consumer healthcare arm.

14 Jan
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London close: Stocks finish weaker despite positive GDP data

London stocks closed in the red on Friday, as investors weighed better-than-expected UK GDP data against slumps for industrial production and retail sales across the pond.

13 Jan
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London close: Stocks mixed after tsunami of corporate news

London stocks were in a mixed state by the close on Thursday, as investors digested a surprise jump in jobless claims across the pond, after a tsunami of corporate news earlier in the session.

12 Jan
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London close: Commodities help keep FTSE in positive territory

London stocks closed above the waterline on Wednesday, as investors welcomed less hawkish comments from US Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell.

10 Jan
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London close: Under-pressure housebuilders drag stocks lower

London stocks were in negative territory at the close on Monday, with housebuilders under particular pressure as the bill for cladding repairs grew.

07 Jan
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London close: Stocks mixed after big US payrolls disappointment

London stocks finished in a mixed state on Friday, as investors reacted to a US payrolls report that came in well and truly short of expectations.

06 Jan
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London close: Stocks weaker amid interest rate fears

London stocks closed in the red on Thursday, as investors digested an easing in service sector growth, as well as a surprise jump in initial jobless claims across the pond.

05 Jan
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London close: Stocks mixed as investors await Fed minutes

London stocks were in a mixed state at the close on Wednesday after a middling session, as investors closed their wallets ahead of the release of latest Federal Reserve minutes.

04 Jan
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London close: FTSE rings in the year by pushing past 7,500

London stocks finished the first session of 2022 above the waterline on Tuesday, with travel shares pacing the gains as investors welcomed signs that Omicron was less severe than previous variants of Covid-19.

31 Dec
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London close: Stocks dip on final day of 2021 but FTSE gains 14% YTD

London stocks dipped on the final day of 2021 but were higher overall for the year, as investors continued to mull the impact of the Omicron Covid variant.

30 Dec
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London close: Stocks edge down in quiet trade; jobless claims in focus

London stocks ended a little lower on Thursday, underperforming their European and US peers after hitting a 22-month high in the previous session.

29 Dec
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London close: FTSE hits 22-month as Omicron worries fade

London stocks ended firmly in the black on Wednesday, having hit their highest level since February 2020 amid hopes that Omicron will be less severe than previous Covid variants.

24 Dec
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London close: Stocks flat as Christmas celebrations kick off

There was no fizz or sparkle on the last trading session before Christmas, with London stocks flat as a pancake as traders reached for the mince pies and bubbly.