FTSE Futures Morning Update on 20 April

UK PRE MARKET

The FTSE 100 Futures is trading at 7,290.00 up with +0.22% percent or +16.00 point. The CAC 40 Futures is trading at 5,391.00  up with +0.24% percent or +13.00 point . The DAX Futures is trading at 12,556.50  with a loss of  -0.17% percent or -21.50 point . The EURO Stoxx 50 Futures is trading at 3,408.00 with a loss of -4.00  percent or -0.12% point.

TODAY’S FACTORS AND EVENTS

London stocks clung on to small gains on Friday as investors shrugged off disappointing retail sales data, with Shire given a shot in the arm as potential takeover battle emerged for the drugmaker.

The FTSE 100 closed 11.58 point higher or up 0.2% to 7,328.92, while the pound was flattish against the dollar at 1.4197 but climbed 0.3% over the afternoon versus the euro to regain the 1.15 level lost earlier in the week.

The British blue chip index was outperforming many of its competitors, noted analyst Joshua Mahony at IG, as a downbeat start to US trade saw American indices join the likes of the DAX and Ibex in the red.

PREVIOUS DAY ACTIVITY
 
For the day the FTSE 100 closed at 7,328.92  up with +0.16% percent or +11.58 point. France’s CAC 40 closed at 5,391.64  up with +0.21% percent or +11.47 point. Germany’s DAX closed at 12,567.42 with a loss of -0.19% percent or ?23.41 point.

WORLD MARKETS

For the day the Dow is trading at 24,664.89  with a loss of  -0.34% percent or  ?83.18 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 2,693.13  with a loss of -0.57% percent or ?15.51 point. The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 7,238.06 with a loss of -0.78% percent or ?57.18 point.

In other parts of world, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at 22,162.24    with a loss of -0.13% percent or  ?28.94 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 30,477.26  with a loss of -0.74% percent or ?227.48 point. China’s Shanghai Composite is trading at 3,070.21 with a loss of -1.51% percent or  ?46.99 point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 34,375.47  with a loss of -0.15% percent or ?52.61  point at 12:15 PM.

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