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Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators

Published Friday, August 17, 2018

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 7,500 for the first time in May 2017 and closed at another series of record highs between December 2017 and January 2018. In May 2018 the index passed 7,800, reachng another record high of 7,877.45 on 22 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 August 2018, it fell to its lowest level since January 2017.


Commons Briefing papers SN05207

Author: Matthew Ward

Topic: Economic situation

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