UK markets opened slightly lower on Friday morning ahead of key economic data from the States, with investors awaiting the official US employment report for February.
UK markets opened with decent gains on Thursday as investors assessed the latest developments in Ukraine and awaited a busy day on the macroeconomic front.
UK markets opened slightly lower on Wednesday morning as investors watched geopolitical developments in Ukraine whilst awaiting a string of important economic data.
Asian stocks joined a global rally overnight at the prospect of a full-scale conflict between Ukraine and Russia appeared to recede
UK stocks bounced strongly on Tuesday morning as sentiment recovered after tensions between Ukraine and Russia dragged markets to a two-week low.
Russian shares dropped to a five-year low yesterday, weighing on global markets, while the gold price jumped as the Ukraine crisis intensified.
UK stocks were sold off sharply on Monday morning on the back of the escalating situation in Ukraine, with investors taking profits after a strong performance over the past month.
Russia's benchmark Micex index has fallen over 10% in response to geopolitical tensions in Ukraine, with the country's central bank hiking rates in a bid to prop up the rouble.
The FTSE ignored record gains in the US to inch lower early on, as investors geared up for a data-heavy session and digested another raft of company news.
The World Cup and elections in Brazil will help boost the performance of fragile Latin American markets this year, a leading fund manager has predicted.
The FTSE inched into positive territory this morning as strong results from Capita and an upbeat outlook from Whitbread helped offset poor results from RBS.
UK stocks started today's session in negative territory, weighed by ex-dividends, a surprise fall by ITV, as well as choppy sessions in both the US and Asia overnight.
The FTSE 100 reached a 14-year high yesterday while the S&P 500 hit a new record level, lifted by M&A activity.
Disappointing data out from China overnight pushed the FTSE firmly into the red this morning, as the country's property data revealed a slower-than-expected rise.
Strong gains from heavyweights Vodafone, RBS and GlaxoSmithKline gave UK markets a boost on Friday with stocks rising to levels not seen in a month.
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