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Weekly Market View through 7th May 2021

Weekly Market View through 7th May 2021 150 150 Realm

UK Stock-Market The UK stock-market was higher last week. The Bank of England announced its latest monetary policy decision leaving interest rates and its bond buying program unchanged as expected but the central bank raised its outlook for the economy, anticipating the best year for UK growth since the second world war. European shares also had a good week with…

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Weekly Market View through 30th April 2021

Weekly Market View through 30th April 2021 150 150 Realm

UK Stock-Market The UK stock-market was higher last week with sentiment remaining optimistic on global recovery although the eurozone economy slipped back into technical recession after the release of GDP data (subject to revision). The World Health Organization said the threat from the coronavirus “remains present” in Europe. At the end of the week, Chinese PMI data indicated a larger-than-expected…

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Weekly Market View through 23rd April 2021

Weekly Market View through 23rd April 2021 150 150 Realm

UK Stock-Market The UK stock-market ended the week lower. The market tumbled on Tuesday after official UK jobs data released by the ONS shows that the number of payrolled employees decreased by 0.2% in March 2021, equivalent to 56,000 people. That was unexpected and the first dip in four months. On Wednesday, and through the rest of week, stocks bounced…

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Weekly Market View through 16th April 2021

Weekly Market View through 16th April 2021 150 150 Realm

UK Stock-Market The UK stock-market was higher last week. Non-essential retail stores, gyms and pub gardens opened on Monday in the next phase of lockdown easing in England. On Tuesday, data from the ONS (Office for National Statistics) showed that UK GDP grew by 0.4% in February. Lower than expected (0.6% growth) but it followed a decline of 2.2% in…

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Weekly Market View through 9th April 2021

Weekly Market View through 9th April 2021 150 150 Realm

UK Stock-Market The UK stock-market was strongly higher in a holiday shortened week helped by data released from IHS Markit which showed UK Services PMI (purchasing managers index) at a seven month high of 56.3 and news that Toshiba is contemplating a takeover deal said to be worth $20 billion from a British private equity fund. For the second time…

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Weekly Market View through 2nd April 2021

Weekly Market View through 2nd April 2021 150 150 Realm

UK Stock-Market The UK stock-market was slightly higher last week. Sentiment received a lift as lockdown restrictions were eased although the situation in Europe, especially France, appears to be getting worse. UK Manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) rose to 58.9 in March, the highest level in more than 10 years. Euro zone manufacturing PMI came in at 62.5 for March,…

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Weekly Market View through 26th March 2021

Weekly Market View through 26th March 2021 150 150 Realm

UK Stock-Market The UK stock-market rallied on Friday to close up for the week. Earlier in the week the focus was on a third wave of coronavirus infections in Europe with Angela Merkel recommending a lockdown extension of four-weeks in Germany saying “we are now in a very, very serious situation”. UK data released on Tuesday showed that the rate…

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Weekly Market View through 19th March 2021

Weekly Market View through 19th March 2021 150 150 Realm

UK Stock-Market The UK stock-market ended the week a little lower than the previous week. The Bank of England left interest rates unchanged, at least until it sees “clear evidence that significant progress is being made in eliminating spare capacity and achieving the 2% inflation target sustainably.” Europe restarted the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine after endorsement from the European Medicines…

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Weekly Market View through 12th March 2021

Weekly Market View through 12th March 2021 150 150 Realm

UK Stock-Market The UK stock-market was higher last week. Helping sentiment was a mid-week report from the OECD which stated Global GDP growth is now projected to be 5.6% this year, an upward revision of more than 1 percentage point. On Thursday, European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde warned that the coronavirus pandemic was a threat to recovery. The ECB…

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Weekly Market View through 5th March 2021

Weekly Market View through 5th March 2021 150 150 Realm

UK Stock-Market UK stocks fell at the start of the week but recovered into Wednesday’s close, lifted by Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget statement. Housebuilder’s made gains, boosted by confirmation that the stamp duty holiday will be extended until June. From there stocks declined to the end of the week with investors focusing back on rising US Treasury yields and concerns…

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