FTSE starts week with sharp gains

The FTSE index hasn’t missed a beat in the Tuesday session, after posting gains on Friday. In the North American trade, the FTSE is trading at 7,528, up 0.92% on the day. It’s a light data session, with no British events. On Tuesday, the U.K. releases public sector net borrowing.

The Brexit conundrum continues to grab the headlines, but this hasn’t had any effect on the FTSE, which continues to head upwards. The blue-chip index soared 8.0% in the first quarter and hasn’t missed a beat in April, gaining 3.2%. Despite the turmoil surrounding Brexit and the lingering uncertainty over Britain’s imminent departure from the EU, investor confidence remains high. The British economy has generally performed well, although there are constant concerns that a no-deal Brexit could send the British economy reeling.

Crude oil prices jumped to a 5-month high after the Trump administration announced that it would terminate sanction waivers given to some importers of Iranian oil, as of May 1. This move is intended to further tighten sanctions against Iran and cripple Iranian oil exports. The move has been bitterly criticized by Iran, which has upped the ante by threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, a critical gateway for seaborne oil shipments. The rising geopolitical temperature could further boost oil prices, which are up 50% since December. Higher oil prices could weigh on economic growth and send stock markets lower.

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Economic Calendar

Tuesday (April 23)

  • There are no British events

Wednesday (April 24)

  • 4:30 British Public Sector Net Borrowing. Estimate -0.8B

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

FTSE, Tuesday, April 23 at 11:00 DST

Previous Close: 7,459 Open: 7,486 High: 7,518 Low: 7,466 Close: 7,528

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Kenny Fisher joined OANDA in 2012 as a Currency Analyst. Kenny writes a daily column about current economic and political developments affecting the major currency pairs, with a focus on fundamental analysis. Kenny began his career in forex at Bendix Foreign Exchange in Toronto, where he worked as a Corporate Account Manager for over seven years.