IANS | 30 Dec, 2017
UK stock markets climbed to new highs on the final day of
trading for 2017.
Both the FTSE 100 index of leading blue chip companies and the FTSE 250 reached
new records at the close of trading on Friday, BBC reported.
US stock markets have also hit new peaks over the year, helped in part by
Donald Trump's sweeping tax reforms.
Stephen Eckett, author of the annual Harriman Stock Market Almanac, said:
"All the dangers that were anticipated with a Trump administration haven't
The FTSE 100 finished up 7.6 per cent at 7,687.77 compared with the last day of
trading in 2016.
Meanwhile, the FTSE 250 ended 14.7% ahead at 20,726.26 compared with the end of
Eckett said: "It has been a little bit of a surprise to many people that
markets were are strong as they were this year."
George Salmon, an equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said the FTSE 100 had
been lifted by natural resource giants such as Shell and BP which have
benefitted from a rise in oil prices.
Brent crude fell as low as $45 per barrel in June but is now trading at $66.34.
The fall in sterling since Brexit has also boosted earnings since many of the
FTSE 100 companies have large operations abroad, said Linda Yueh, a professor
of economics at London Business School.
"A lot of the rise in the FTSE 100 is because of the weak pound," she