FTSE Rally Withers on the Vine

FTSE Rally Withers on the Vine

23 May 2016, 18:59
Roberto Jacobs

FTSE Rally Withers on the Vine

Heading into the close, the FTSE 100 is 15 points lower, as caution regarding Fed policy persists.

  • Markets stuck in a rut
  • Caution over outlook for budget airlines
  • 'Bremain’ camp firmly in the ascendancy

Predictions of further doom and gloom for equities have been confounded today, as the market looks to recovery some early lost ground and ends the session with only small losses. However, the fact that Friday’s rally barely lasted minutes into the new week illustrates that we are still stuck in the holding pattern that has dominated over the past two weeks. The barrage of Fed speakers since Wednesday’s minutes has not helped matters, but it would have been hard for policymakers to improve on the minutes without explicitly committing themselves to a vote for higher rates. With so little on the calendar for today most of the action will be concentrated in the sessions later in the week.

Budget airlines easyJet and Ryanair have seen some modest buying on the back of the latter’s results, but the worry that falling prices will hit margins has dented enthusiasm, with Brexit also making its influence felt here.

The Greek debt crisis continues to rumble along in the background, with some signs of hope about a deal (and the usual grumbling about said deal from the IMF). So far the Commission has managed to avoid any nasty increase in tensions ahead of the key Brexit vote, but this task could get trickier as the event itself looms. IG clients are still firmly of the opinion that the ‘Remain’ camp will win out, with the chance of such a victory for the status quo currently at 78% on the IG binary. It will take more than an attention-grabbing tour of the UK by Boris to make a dent in this figure.


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