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Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators

Published Friday, January 24, 2020

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

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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 the index passed 7,800 for the first time in May, reaching another record high on 22 May 2018. The index's value has moderated since but rallied follwing the general election - the index rose just over 4% in in the week following 12 December 2019.

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 climbed after Opec agreed to its first supply cut since 2008, in late 2016, closing at above $85/barrel in early October 2018, though has fluctuated since and has closed at around $60-$70/barrel since mid-November 2018.

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 August 2018, it fell below $1,200/ounce for the first time since January 2017, though has remained above $1,200/ounce since October 2018. More recently the price has been rising - in August 2018, the price passed $1,500/ounce for the first time since April 2013. 


Commons Briefing papers SN05207

Author: Matthew Ward

Topic: Economic situation

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