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Market Report - Close
25 Jan
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London close: Stocks finish weaker as travel plays take hit

London stocks closed in negative territory on Monday, with travel and leisure stocks under the cosh as the prospect of tighter border restrictions and a prolonged lockdown weighed on sentiment.

22 Jan
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London close: Stocks finish weaker amid travel restriction concerns

London stocks closed in negative territory on Friday, as weak data and worries about the effect of prolonged lockdowns and travel restrictions knocked sentiment.

21 Jan
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London close: Stocks weaker as ECB leaves policy unchanged

London stocks closed in the red on Thursday, as investors digested the latest policy announcement from the European Central Bank.

20 Jan
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London close: Stocks finish firmer as Biden takes up US presidency

London stocks closed in the green on Wednesday as sterling gained, with investors tuning in to Joe Biden’s inauguration as the new US president, and mulling the latest UK inflation data.

19 Jan
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London close: Stocks close weaker as Yellen speaks

London stocks closed in negative territory on Tuesday, as investors awaited a testimony on stimulus by incoming US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.

18 Jan
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London close: Stocks mixed amid Covid-19 lockdown consternation

London stocks closed in a mixed state on Monday as investors mulled the latest data out of China, with travel and leisure shares under the cosh amid concerns about the Covid-19 crisis.

15 Jan
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London close: Stocks finish weaker as UK economy contracts

London stocks closed in the red on Friday, as investors digested the latest UK GDP data, with US President-elect Joe Biden’s Covid relief package failing to lift markets amid growing worries about the pandemic and tightening restrictions.

14 Jan
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London close: Stocks higher as investors hold breath for Biden's package

London stocks finished in the green on Thursday as investors waded through a deluge of corporate releases, amid expectations that US President-elect Joe Biden will unveil a Covid-19 relief package.

13 Jan
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London close: Stocks finish weaker after 'quiet' trading session

London stocks had slipped into negative territory by the close on Wednesday, with investors sifting through a raft of corporate updates amid ongoing concerns about the Covid-19 crisis.

12 Jan
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London close: Stocks finish lower after dire retail sales data

London stocks closed in negative territory on Tuesday, amid ongoing concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic and the potential for tighter restrictions, as investors digested dire UK retail sales figures.

11 Jan
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London close: Stocks finish weaker amid further Covid jitters

London stocks closed in negative territory on Monday amid reports that Covid-19 restrictions in England were set to get even tougher.

08 Jan
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London close: Stocks slightly higher as US nonfarms disappoint

London stocks closed just above the waterline on Friday, as investors digested the latest US non-farm payrolls report, with housebuilders sharply higher after a well-received update from Barratt Developments.

07 Jan
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London close: Stocks finish firmer amid Biden-fuelled global rebound

London stocks managed to climb back into positive territory by the close on Thursday, after Joe Biden was confirmed by Congress as the 46th President of the US.

06 Jan
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London close: Stocks firmer as Democrats lead Georgia race, oil stocks rocket

London stocks closed well into positive territory on Wednesday, as investors bet that a Democrat-controlled Senate in the US would lead to further stimulus, while oil plays surged.

05 Jan
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London close: Stocks finish firmer as investors digest fresh Covid relief

London stocks managed to close in the green on Tuesday, as investors mulled the impact of England’s third national lockdown and news of a fresh £4. 6bn package of Covid relief measures to help businesses get through it.

04 Jan
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London close: Stocks kick off new year in positive mood

London stocks closed in positive territory on Monday, kicking off the new year in style amid optimism over the latest Covid vaccine rollout, while deal news also provided a boost.

31 Dec
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London close: FTSE 100 suffers worst year since 2008

After a year many of us would rather forget, dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, restrictions and the Brexit saga, stocks fell on Thursday, with the top-flight index suffering its worst annual performance since the financial crisis in 2008.

30 Dec
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London close: Stocks end lower as millions more enter Tier 4

London stocks reversed earlier small gains to end lower on Wednesday despite news that AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine has been given the green light and MPs’ passing of the Brexit deal, as millions more people in England were set to enter tougher Tier 4 restrictions.

29 Dec
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London close: Stocks rally on Brexit deal, US stimulus

London stocks rallied on Tuesday as investors cheered a US stimulus package and the UK’s Brexit deal, although banks were under pressure.

24 Dec
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London close: Stocks barely changed, pound rallies as investors eye Brexit deal

London stocks ended a shortened session just in the black on Thursday, as sterling rallied on expectations that a Brexit deal will be announced later in the day, on what felt like an otherwise sparkle-free, mostly Tier 4 Christmas Eve.