This Week: The markets started the week by dipping further on the Tuesday and Wednesday before recovering Thursday and continuing to gain through Thursday to above 6125 Friday. The markets did regain further ground before close of trade on Friday and the week’s close. The markets ended the week higher than at the start. FTSE 100 Peak: 6172.49 (end-week); Trough: 6077.67(mid-week).
The Month: The High Point over the last month was 6172.49 this week. The Lowest Point was 5873.43 end of December. The FTSE 100 at the start of the current rolling month has been around 5950 whilst the index has gradually climbed to the week’s close at 6154.41. Overall there is an approximate 200 points increase in the FTSE over the last rolling month. Despite the rises and falls of this month, January has now seen an increase in the overall level compared to the start of the rolling three month comparison period.
The overall view of the last 6 months is still more of a general increase with the index reaching some 500 points higher than the 6 months start.
The figures below are closing numbers as at Friday 18th January 2013
FTSE 100 6154.41 0.54% on the week
FTSE All Share 3229.55 0.62% on the week
Brent Crude $ per barrel 111.89 1.13% on the week
Gold $ per troy ounce 1688.50 1.87% on the week
Silver $ per troy ounce 31.82 3.75% on the week
Copper US$ per tonne 8084.00 -0.06% on the week (LME 3 months)
Wheat Futures CBOT 791.25 4.84% on the week (US$ per bushel – Contract 5000 bushels/136 tonnes)
Palm Oil US$ per tonne 825.00 1.85% on the week (eg CMEGlobex – trading unit 25 tonnes – mirror and settle to Malaysian ringgit benchmark)
MPC Base Rate % 0.50 (Bank of England Base/Repo Rate) since 05/03/2009
Euro Repo Rate % 0.75 since 05/07/2012
US Libor % 0.15800 last week : 0.15950
Euro Libor % 0.01357 last week : 0.01357
GBP Libor % 0.47625 last week : 0.48000
Euro Euribor 3 mnths % 0.21 last week : 0.20
Sterling CDs 3 mnths % 0.49 last week : 0.49
RONIA % 0.4605 l wk : 0.4575 (Repurchase Overnight Index Ave Rate)
SONIA % 0.4042 l wk : 0.4027 (Sterling Overnight Index Ave Rate)
HFRX 1161.96 0.39% on the week (Global Hedge Fund Index)
10 Year Government Bond (Gilt) Price £97.84 Yield 2.00%
One Pound will buy 1.5863 US Dollars
One Pound will buy 1.1935 Euros
CPI Inflation stands at 2.7% as at Dec 2012 Currently the Gov’t measure of inflation
Retail Prices Index : 3.1% as at Dec 2012 Previously the Gov’t measure of inflation
Inflation Target for the time being: 2.0% based on the Consumer Prices Index (CPI)
The Government’s Inflation Target is announced each year by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the annual Budget statement. The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee has the aim to set interest rates so that over- or under- inflation can be brought back to Inflation Target over a reasonable time period without creating undue instability in the economy. Inflation Target is not a permanently fixed level and may vary depending on prevailing economic and fiscal conditions.
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