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Market Report - Close
30 Aug
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London close: Investors left nursing hefty losses after bruising August

London stocks finished higher on Friday amid optimism that trade relations between the US and China are improving.

29 Aug
London close: Stocks higher after Beijing extends an olive branch to Washington

London stocks finished firmly in the green on Thursday amid at least a lull in trade tensions between the US and China and end of month window dressing by fund managers.

28 Aug
London close: Investors impassive as PM suspends Parliament for five weeks

London stocks finished higher on Wednesday, outperforming European peers as sterling slumped on news that Parliament would be prorogued for almost five weeks instead of the more typical one week, raising the odds of a 'no deal' Brexit, although it was still not seen as the most likely scenario by analysts, even if only by a scant margin.

27 Aug
London close: Stocks dip amid pound strength and US-China trade uncertainty

London stocks finished in the red on Tuesday as sterling gained ground and an early advance on Wall Street appeared to fizzle out.

23 Aug
London close: Stocks slip as trade war keeps ratcheting up

London stocks gave up their weekly gains on Friday after China retaliated against the latest round of trade tariffs from Washington and the US President warned that he would respond to Beijing latest move "shortly".

22 Aug
London close: Stocks weighed down by Fedspeak and jump in pound

London stocks fell on Thursday, after two top US central bank officials poured cold water on expectations for further policy easing.

21 Aug
London close: Stocks boosted by weak pound ahead of Fed minutes

London stocks finished higher on Wednesday, helped by a weaker pound as investors eyed minutes from the US Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting which were due out later in the day.

21 Aug
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FTSE 100 movers: Burberry and TUI gain; miners drop as metals prices fall

London's FTSE 100 was up 1. 1% at 7,206. 07 in afternoon trade on Wednesday as sterling fell on Brexit concerns ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

20 Aug
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London close: Stocks knocked lower by rebound in the pound

London stocks finished on Tuesday as sterling snapped higher after the German Chancellor said that the European Union would have to think about "practical solutions" for the Irish Backstop question.

19 Aug
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London close: Stocks gain amid stimulus hopes

London stocks finished higher on Monday, underpinned by hopes of further stimulus from central banks.

16 Aug
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London close: Markets finish green as sterling edges higher

London stocks managed to keep their heads above water for the close on Friday, bouncing back from heavy losses in the previous session, but underperforming their European peers somewhat as sterling ticked higher.

15 Aug
London close: Stocks slide again amid trade worries and hindered by pound strength

London stocks finished firmly in the red again on Thursday amid ongoing Sino-US trade frictions and as sterling was boosted by better-than-expected retail sales data.

14 Aug
London close: Weak data and trade tensions hit stocks

London stocks finished sharply lower on Wednesday as the latest inflation data boosted the pound, even as weak economic data released in China and Germany pointed to slower growth ahead and a top US official reportedly downplayed talk of a thaw in US-China trade relations.

13 Aug
London close: Stocks push higher as US-China trade tensions ease

London stocks reversed early loses as investors after the US administration dialed back on some of its trade tariff threats against Chinese goods and digested the latest batch of UK jobs data showing wage growth rising at its fastest clip since 2008.

12 Aug
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London close: Investors tread cautiously through geopolitical risks

London stocks finished lower on Monday with investor sentiment was dented by reports that Hong Kong airport had cancelled all flights after thousands of anti-government demonstrators descended on the building.

09 Aug
London close: Stocks finish red as investors digest weak GDP data

London stocks finished in the red at the close on Friday, with the pound remaining under pressure after it emerged that the UK economy contracted in the second quarter for the first time since 2012.

08 Aug
London close: Stocks gain on positive data out of China

London equity markets finished higher with sentiment buoyed by a surprise jump in Chinese exports, but the FTSE 100 underperformed its European peers as a host of stocks went ex-dividend.

07 Aug
London close: Stocks finish higher despite investor jitters

London stocks reversed course to trade higher following reports that the next round of US-China trade negotiations scheduled for September was likely proceed as planned, but market sentiment continued to be frail.

06 Aug
London close: Bounce in stocks peters out amid worries of protracted US-China trade tensions

London stocks finished lower on Tuesday with investors treading cautiously even after China moved to stabilise its currency, the yuan, possibly amid worries that the White House might still ratchet up the pressure on Beijing even futher in response to that weakness in the yuan.

05 Aug
London close: Stocks drop after China lets yuan weaken to decade low

London stocks finished sharply lower on Monday amid escalating Sino-US trade tensions and speculation that the Prime Minister might be plotting calling snap elections after his majority in the House of Commons was cut to just one seat following a by-election in Brecon and Radnorshire.