FTSE 100 in record territory

The FTSE 100 soared past 8300, reaching a new record high amid busy trading as London markets reopened after the bank holiday.

A catch-up trading session is evident, with mainland-listed stocks having a robust session on Monday 7th May 2024 and continuing to rise. The FTSE reached around 8335 in intraday trading.

Wall Street also experienced another positive session, with the Dow Jones climbing for the fourth consecutive day following the Federal Reserve’s less aggressive stance, and the S&P 500 gaining too. Despite mixed results, earnings have bolstered risk appetite. The low U.S. job count has encouraged traders/investors to take heart that rate cuts will be on the agenda again soon, even if they are now late.

Bank of England

Attention will now turn to the Bank of England (BoE), which faces a decision on whether to guide the market towards a rate cut – the first in four years – or to exercise more patience. The consensus is that it’s premature for a cut this week, with August 2024 being the more likely date, although the Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC) opinions vary.

Last month the Deputy Governor of the BoE, indicated his readiness to vote for a rate cut with little additional evidence of declining inflation, highlighting the ‘downside risks’ to the BoE’s February inflation forecast. In contrast, the Bank of England’s Chief Economist, expressed a more cautious stance in April regarding the initiation of rate cuts.


Inflation is on a downward trajectory, expected to return to 2% in the next few months. CPI decreased from 3.4% to 3.2% between February and March 2024, and core inflation dropped from 4.5% to 4.2%. However, the BoE is likely to await April’s data before taking any decision.

Persistent wage growth of around 6% indicates continued strength in the labour market. Financial markets anticipate a Bank of England rate cut by August 2024, but it is believed the BoE may be prepared to act as early as June 2024, aligning with the anticipated policy move by the ECB.

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