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Market Report - Opening
08 Feb
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London open: Stocks rise as investors mull Powell comments

London stocks hit a record high in early trade on Wednesday, having taken their opening cue from gains on Wall Street, as investors mulled the latest comments from US Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell.

07 Feb
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London open: Stocks rise as BP surges on results

London stocks rose in early trade on Tuesday, with BP leading the charge after results, as investors eyed a speech by US Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell.

06 Feb
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London open: Stocks fall after record high; US-China tensions in focus

London stocks fell in early trade on Monday after hitting a new all-time high at the end of last week, and as Sino-US tensions dented the mood.

03 Feb
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London open: FTSE little changed after US tech results, ahead of payrolls

London stocks were steady in early trade on Friday following disappointing US tech results and as investors erred on the side of caution ahead of the latest non-farm payrolls report.

02 Feb
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London open: FTSE rises ahead of BoE, ECB rate decisions

London stocks rose in early trade on Thursday as investors mulled the latest policy announcement from the Federal Reserve and looked ahead to rate decisions from the Bank of England and European Central Bank.

01 Feb
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London open: FTSE edges up ahead of rate decisions

London stocks edged higher in early trade on Wednesday, taking their cue from a positive finish on Wall Street, as investors eyed policy announcements from the Federal Reserve, Bank of England and European Central Bank.

31 Jan
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London open: Stocks fall as IMF downgrades UK growth forecast

London stocks edged lower in early trade on Tuesday following downbeat sessions in the US and Asia, and after the International Monetary Fund downgraded its UK growth forecast.

30 Jan
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London open: FTSE edges lower ahead of busy week

London stocks edged lower in early trade on Monday as investors eyed a series of key central bank rate announcements this week.

27 Jan
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London open: Stocks flat but Sainsbury's rallies as Bestway takes stake

London stocks were steady in early trade on Friday as investors continued to mull a better-than-expected US GDP reading a day earlier, with Sainsbury's surging on news that Bestway has bought a stake in the supermarket giant.

26 Jan
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London open: FTSE edges up as investors eye US GDP

London stocks edged higher in early trade on Thursday following a late rally on Wall Street, as investors eyed the latest US GDP data.

25 Jan
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London open: Stocks nudge higher; easyJet, Ascential surge

London stocks were just a touch higher in early trade on Wednesday, but easyJet and Ascential surged after upbeat updates.

24 Jan
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London open: Stocks fall as investors mull borrowing figures

London stocks edged lower in early trade on Tuesday despite strong gains on Wall Street, as investors mulled a surge in public borrowing.

23 Jan
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London open: Possibility of slower Fed rate hikes buoys stocks

Stocks were a tad higher at the start of the week with investors shaking off the freezing temperatures in London and downbeat forecasts for the UK economy out of consultancy EY, helped by increased speculation of a downshift in the speed of rate hikes in the US.

20 Jan
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London open: Stocks rise despite disappointing retail sales, consumer confidence

London stocks rose in early trade on Friday following heavy losses in the previous session, despite disappointing retail sales and consumer confidence data.

19 Jan
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London open: Stocks fall amid US slowdown concerns; Dr Martens tumbles

London stocks fell in early trade on Thursday following heavy losses on Wall Street, amid concerns about a US slowdown.

18 Jan
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London open: Stocks flat as investors digest inflation data

London stocks were little changed in early trade on Wednesday as investors mulled the latest UK inflation data.

17 Jan
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London open: FTSE nudges lower as Ocado tumbles

London stocks nudged lower in early trade on Tuesday as the latest UK jobs data showed that wages grew at their fastest pace in more than 20 years in the three months to November, adding pressure on the Bank of England to hike rates.

16 Jan
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London open: Stocks edge up as FTSE nears record highs

London stocks nudged higher in early trade on Monday, heading towards a new record high, but the session could be fairly quiet as US markets are closed for Martin Luther King day.

13 Jan
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London open: Stocks gain after better-than-expected GDP

London stocks rose in early trade on Friday after a better-than-expected UK GDP reading, as investors eyed the release of key US bank earnings.

12 Jan
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London open: FTSE rises amid deluge of retail updates, ahead of US inflation

London stocks rose in early trade on Thursday as investors eyed the latest US inflation data and waded through a deluge of retail updates.