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LONDON MARKETS: FTSE 100 Struggles As Investors Watch Trade And Brexit Negotiations

08/02/2019 1:18pm

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By Emily Horton

Global markets enter second day of selling

London markets remained in the red on Friday, a day after the biggest one-day drop since late last year, with miners and oil stocks under pressure.

Meanwhile, investors prepare themselves for next trade move between U.S. and China.

How are markets performing?

FTSE 100 dipped 0.2% to 7,107.54, after finishing down 1.1% on Thursday. For the week, the index is off 0.5%.

The pound firmed up from earlier losses, fetching $1.2960 from $1.2953 late Thursday in New York.

What's driving the markets?

Trade deal jitters returned after President Donald Trump said Thursday that he had no plans to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a March 1 trade-deal deadline. U.S. stocks were set for a weaker session, after Thursday's losses, while selling was also widespread in Asia.

The European Union has agreed to resume Brexit negotiations in an attempt to break the political deadlock over Brexit, however EU leaders have once again rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's request to reopen the previously completed withdrawal agreement.

Brexit Brief:U.K. banks fret over data exchanges in disorderly split (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/brexit-brief-uk-banks-fret-over-data-exchanges-in-disorderly-split-2019-02-08)

What shares were active?

Electricity holding company SSE PLC (SSE.LN)warned over profits (http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/sse) on Friday, and shares fell 1%. George Salmon, equity analyst from Hargreaves Lansdown said "SSE has delivered an impressive flow of dividends for shareholders, but the fact it hasn't always covered the payout with its earnings or cash flows means there have been lingering doubts over its future for some time."

Housebuilders were among the top movers in the FTSE 100, with Barratt Developments PLC (BDEV.LN), Persimmon PLC (PSN.LN) and Berkeley Group Holdings PLC (BKG.LN) all adding over 1%.

Weighing on the downside as oil prices fell, BP PLC (BP.LN) (BP.LN) fell 0.7% and Royal Dutch Shell Group PLC (RDSA.LN) (RDSA.LN) eased 0.3%. On the mining side, shares of Anglo American PLC (AAL.LN).

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

February 08, 2019 08:03 ET (13:03 GMT)

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