• Loading stock data...
Business Finance

London’s FTSE 100 pares gains as U.S. CPI fans rate hike fears

  • U.S inflation rises in January
  • Telecoms jump on Vodafone boost
  • Coca-Cola HBC rises on upbeat results
  • FTSE 100 up 0.08%, FTSE 250 off 0.5%

 Britain’s FTSE 100 closed marginally higher on Tuesday, paring early gains as mixed U.S inflation data did little to soothe concerns about further Fed tightening, while strong gains by Vodafone drove other telecom stocks higher too.

The blue-chip FTSE 100  closed up 0.08% after hitting a record high during the session, while the FTSE 250 midcap index dropped 0.5%.

U.S. consumer inflation accelerated in January, stoking expectations that the Federal Reserve is far from pausing its interest rate hiking cycle. The monthly reading was 0.5% from 0.1% in December.

“Stickier inflation would encourage the U.S, Fed to keep applying the brakes through higher interest rates and to hold their foot down on the pedal for longer,” said Laith Khalaf, head of investment analysis at AJ Bell.

Vodafone  gained 3.4% after Liberty Global , which owns half of rival Virgin Media O2, said it had bought a near-5% stake in the telecoms operator.

The broader telecoms sector index  gained 3.0%.

Travel and leisure stocks  rose 1%, with Easy jet  gaining 3.9% after Deutsche Bank raised its rating on the airline to “buy”.

TUI was up 0.6%, rising as much as 4.4% earlier in the session after the travel group said it was seeing a signs of a recovery.

Soft drinks bottler Coca-Cola HBC AG  jumped 4.9% after reporting a better-than-expected full-year operating profit.

Data showed the pace of growth in basic pay in Britain sped up again in the last three months of 2022, while the domestic unemployment rate held steady in the three months to December.

Source : Reuters



About Author

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may also like


If it doesn’t trade, is it really marketable debt?

When it comes to encouraging fiscal discipline, euro-area policymakers want the market to be part of the solution. This will
Business Technology

How to fix the European Union’s proposed Data Act

The draft European Union Data Act, proposed by the European Commission in February 2022, aims to fill a big gap in