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Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators

Published Friday, May 18, 2018

Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.

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FTSE

The FTSE-100 tracks the share-prices of the 100 largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. Despite some turbulence following the EU Referendum result, the index closed at twelve successive record highs between December 2016 and January 2017 - the index’s longest run of successive all-time peaks since its inception in 1984. The index passed 7,500 for the first time in May 2017 and closed at another series of record highs between December 2017 and January 2018. In late March, it fell below 7,000 for the first time in over a year, though hit another record high of 7787.97 on 17 May 2018.

Brent Crude Oil

The price of Brent crude oil reached an all-time high above $145/barrel in July 2008. In January 2016, the price fell below $30/barrel for the first time since 2004. The price has since December 2016, after Opec agreed to its first supply cut since 2008. Since late October 2017, it has closed above $60/barrel, its highest level in over two years, and reached $80/barrel in May 2018 for the first time since late 2014.

Gold Price

The nominal price of gold exceeded $1,800/ounce for the first time in August 2011, but the metal's price has since moderated considerably. In December 2015, it fell to its lowest level in six years, though it has now remained above or around $1,300/ounce since January 2018.

 

Commons Briefing papers SN05207

Author: Matthew Ward

Topic: Economic situation

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