Why the FTSE 100 is ‘primed for more upside’
Falling UK 10-year gilt yields could mean more upside for UK’s blue-chip stock benchmark.
- FTSE 100 Futures were trading as low as 7,030 on Friday morning (30 July 2021)
- The benchmark closed nearly one percentage point higher on Thursday, driven by upbeat earnings and dividend declarations
- DailyFX analysts say more upside is in store for the index
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FTSE 100 Futures: what’s the latest?
UK blue-chip equity benchmark FTSE 100 index is down in pre-market trading, IG data indicates.
IG's live FTSE 100 Futures price estimates showed the index trading at a low of around 7,030 at around 06:30 GMT+1 on Friday.
Why did the FTSE 100 close higher on Thursday?
This represents a 0.7% decrease from Thursday’s gains, when the Footsie had closed nearly one percentage point higher at 7,078.42, driven by strong earnings and bigger dividend declarations.
The rally was led by pest control company Rentokil Initial, which recorded the largest increase of the day, up 6.8%, on the back of an 18% revenue jump.
This was closely followed by publishing and exhibitions group Informa, whose shares spiked up 5.7%, after it raised its revenue forecasts for the full year on the hopes of physical events returning.
Meanwhile, oil major Royal Dutch Shell closed 3.8% higher, after reporting a second-quarter profit surge to US$5.5 billion, launching a US$2 billion share buyback programme, and boosting dividend by 38%.
On the flipside, the top faller of the day was BT Group, down 6.6%.
The telco’s shares were down as much as 8.8% at one point, after it posted a 3% year-on-year drop in revenue to £5.07 billion. This was slightly below UBS analysts’ predictions of £5.15 billion.
What’s the forecast ahead?
DailyFX markets writer Warren Venketas said that the FTSE 100 is ‘primed for continued upside’ as a result of falling UK 10-year gilt yields.
‘UK gilt yields represent the opportunity cost of investing in UK stocks, therefore, when bond yields fall, US stocks become more attractive (as a rule of thumb) and vice versa,’ he wrote.
Current price action, which shows the benchmark trading above the 100-day EMA (exponential moving average), also confirms the recent shift to the upside. ‘This uptrend may ensue if prices manage to close the week above 7100,’ Venketas added.
IG’s client sentiment data shows that 66% of retail traders are net-long as of 30 July. Traders are now at their most net-long on the FTSE 100 since 28 February this year.
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