Market Commentary April 2019

Craig Hendry

Craig Hendry

Managing Director & Chartered Financial Planner

The main UK FTSE 100 market delivered another positive month, finishing April at 7,418.22. This represented a gain of 1.91% on last months close.

The index did breach the 7,500 level during the month but lost some ground towards the end.

Top 5 FTSE 100 rising stock were:

  • NMC Group PLC +20%
  • TUI AG PLC +16%
  • Schroders PLC +15%
  • WPP Group PLC +13%
  • Hargreaves Lansdown  PLC +13%

NMC Group followed up being March’s top faller by being April’s top riser. Positive comment from Goldman Sachs after the March price fall fuelled the rebound in share price.

Top 5 FTSE 100 falling stock were:

  • Fresnillo PLC -15%
  • Just Eat PLC -13%
  • Whitbread PLC – 11%
  • Bunzl PLC – 10%
  • Direct Line PLC – 10%

Shares in miner Fresnillo PLC retreated following share price downgrades from brokers Barclays Capital and UBS.

Information flow was lighter than usual with the Easter holidays during the period. In the currency markets, Sterling was flat against both the US dollar and the Euro. The US-China trade deal talks continue but with no sign of an agreement thus far. Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s acting chief of staff indicated that the talks can’t go on forever by saying ‘at some point in any negotiation, you go’ Will the US walk away similar to recent failed negotiations with North Korea?

The price of oil increased again, with political uncertainty in Venezuela casting a cloud over the country’s oil output.

Gold remained relatively flat on the back of stable equity markets.

 30 April 20191 month6 months12 months
FTSE 1007,418.221.91%4.07%-1.36%
Brent Crude (US$)72.066.63%-4.52%-1.46%
Gold (US$ per oz)1,283.53-0.68%5.66%-1.56%


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