FTSE continues to struggle

Markets have turned lower during the afternoon, with the FTSE 100 dropping below 6800, but the focus is on the pound which has come within a whisker of $1.70.

Barclays knocks FTSE back

The FTSE 100 continues to flounder this afternoon, after results from Barclays knocked the index back from a nine-week high. Figures from the bank show that it still has a lot of problems to iron out, as Anthony Jenkins looks to transform the financial titan from an emblem of uninhibited capitalism to one more suited to the post-crisis world. Barclays needs to pull something fairly impressive out at its strategy meeting on Thursday, as it is this that will set the direction for the months to come. Mr Jenkins must continue to rein in the investment bank to suit public tastes, while simultaneously avoiding tipping the division into a death spiral.

Some ghoulish souls have begun reading the funeral rites for Mothercare, after the company was forced to ask for breathing space over a refinancing facility. It was rescued from the brink once before, but the company’s survival as an independent entity is now in serious question, and more than a few firms might now be weighing up the more promising bits of the business.

Twitter shares could head lower

US stocks have struggled too this afternoon, with caution prevailing in the continued lull between non-farms last week and Janet Yellen’s testimony tomorrow. The attention was back on Twitter, whose shares have hit fresh lows following the expiration of a lock-up for employees. The brief recovery in the shares from last week is now over, and those bargain hunters that went in search of deep value are finding themselves being unceremoniously ejected from the stock. Lacking a reason for optimism, it is difficult to see how the shares are going to avoid moving lower from here.

Gold under pressure

It looks like gold is coming under pressure once again, despite surging above $1300 yesterday. Physical demand appears to be on the slide again, and exchange-traded fund selling is beginning to make its presence felt. Some buying has occurred on the back of Ukraine concerns, but for the moment we are still rangebound in the $1280-$1330  band that has prevailed since the beginning of April. 

GBP/USD fails to reach $1.70

In the perverted beauty contest of major currencies, sterling is a clear favourite. Fans of round numbers have been frustrated today, as GBP/USD failed to touch $1.70, but the move through $1.69 from this morning, based as it was on yet another good UK services PMI reading, has carried us back to August 2009 levels. Set against a US economy that is producing mixed signals, and a eurozone that isn’t bouncing back, investors have plumped for the UK, even if there are still plenty of problems this side of the channel. The Bank of England will have to muster all its staying power to withstand the inevitable discussion on rate hikes that is likely to hit soon.

This information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.

Find articles by analysts

Een artikel zoeken

Form has failed to submit. Please contact IG directly.

  • Ik wens per e-mail informatie van IG Group bedrijven te ontvangen over handelsideeën en IG's producten en diensten.

Voor meer informatie over hoe wij uw gegevens mogelijk kunnen gebruiken, bekijkt u ons Privacy- en toegangsbeleid en onze privacy website.

CFD’s zijn complexe instrumenten en brengen vanwege het hefboomeffect een hoog risico mee van snel oplopende verliezen. 79% van de retailbeleggers lijdt verlies op de handel in CFD’s met deze aanbieder.
Het is belangrijk dat u goed begrijpt hoe CFD's werken en dat u nagaat of u zich het hoge risico op verlies kunt permitteren.
CFD’s zijn complexe instrumenten en brengen vanwege het hefboomeffect een hoog risico mee van snel oplopende verliezen.