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Market Report - Close
08 Feb
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London close: Stocks edge higher

London stocks were up again on Wednesday, having hit a fresh all-time high at one point, as investors welcomed less hawkish than feared comments from US Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell overnight.

07 Feb
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London close: Stocks end mixed ahead of key speech from Fed's Powell

London stocks ended Tuesday on a mixed note, although BP shares surged following the release of its latest set of results, even as investors eyed a speech by US Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell scheduled for after the close.

06 Feb
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London close: Stocks fall as investors recalibrate rate hike expectations

London stocks were knocked lower on Monday by the prospect of further rates hikes from the Federal Reserve and as Sino-US tensions dented sentiment.

03 Feb
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London close: FTSE 100 notches up new record high

London's top-flight index carved out a new all-time high after it was reported that the US labor market created far more jobs at the start of 2023 than anyone had dared imagine.

02 Feb
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London close: Stocks jump as investors eye interest rate peak

London stocks jumped on Thursday, while sterling fell further after the Bank of England hiked rates for the tenth month in a row.

01 Feb
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London close: FTSE dips ahead of Fed rate announcement

London stocks reversed earlier modest gains to end just lower on Wednesday as investors eyed a rate announcement from the US Federal Reserve.

31 Jan
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London close: Stocks slip ahead of Fed rate decision

London stocks registered slight losses on Tuesday as investors grew jittery ahead of the latest rate decision from the US Federal Reserve scheduled for the next day and after the International Monetary Fund downgraded its UK growth forecast.

30 Jan
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London close: Stocks tick higher as investors eye rate decisions

London stocks shook off earlier losses to end higher on Monday, but gains were unspectacular as investors eyed a series of key central bank rate announcements this week.

27 Jan
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London close: Stocks grind higher in cautious trading

London stocks finished the week on a positive note as investors as investors digested slightly weaker than expected consumption data and softer readings for inflation expectations in the US.

26 Jan
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London close: Modest gains for stocks after Q4 US GDP data

London stocks were modestly higher on Thursday amid well-received updates from the likes of 3i or Intermediate Capital Group.

25 Jan
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London close: Stocks drift lower as investors digest corporate updates

London stocks drifted lower on Wednesday, but airlines got a boost after an upbeat update from easyJet.

24 Jan
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London close: Stocks end mixed after soft data

London stocks ended the day in mixed fashion, as investors mulled a surge in public borrowing and news that UK business output fell in January at the fastest rate in two years.

23 Jan
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London close: Stocks buoyed by gains on Wall Street

Stocks traded slightly higher despite downbeat forecasts for the UK economy out of consultancy EY, thanks to increased speculation of a downshift in the speed of rate hikes in the US.

20 Jan
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London close: FTSE gains as retailers rise despite disappointing data

London stocks ended in the black on Friday, with retailers on the rise despite disappointing retail sales and consumer confidence data.

19 Jan
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London close: Stocks weaker as recession fears continue

London stocks closed in negative territory on Thursday as concerns about a US recession dented the mood.

18 Jan
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London close: Inflation data pulls consumer stocks lower

London stocks ended Wednesday trading in negative territory, as investors mulled the latest UK inflation data.

17 Jan
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London close: Stocks lower as wages pressure interest rates

London stocks closed below the waterline on Tuesday, after jobs data earlier showed wages rising at their quickest pace in more than 20 years in the November quarter, adding pressure on the Bank of England to hike rates.

16 Jan
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London close: Stocks rise on quiet Monday as house prices climb

London stocks managed a positive finish on Monday, almost touching its record high, although the session remained quiet on a global basis as US markets were closed for Martin Luther King day.

13 Jan
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London close: Stocks rise as UK economy unexpectedly grows

London stocks closed above the waterline on Friday after a better-than-expected UK GDP reading, as investors sifted through a number of key earnings from across the pond.

12 Jan
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London close: Stocks rise as US inflation comes in cooler

London stocks closed above the waterline on Thursday, as investors digested a bigger-than-expected slowdown in inflation stateside, after a deluge of retail updates earlier in the day.