FTSE 100 Hits Another Record High

FTSE 100 Reaches New High as Resilient Earnings Fuel Sentiment

  • FTSE 100 records another fresh all-time high as resilient earnings boost UK equities
  • BT Group PLC, Persimmon and BP lead gains

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FTSE 100 Boosted by Upbeat Earnings

The FTSE 100 has reached a fresh all-time high of 7934.3, bolstered by upbeat earnings and renewed optimism of a near-term Fed pivot. Following the release of record Q4 2022 profits for oil giants BP and Shell, the UK blue-chip index opened higher, swiftly rising above prior psychological resistance at 7900.

With UK housebuilder Barratt developments reporting a 15.9% rise in half-year profits, the NIESR (National Institute of Economic and Social Research) adding to the positive boost in sentiment by suggesting that the UK may be able to avoid a severe recession.

Since a technical recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of contraction, Friday’s GDP data may serve as an additional catalyst for price action.

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Meanwhile, after UBS followed JP Morgan in upgrading the target price for BT Group PLC (from 130 – 135P), the telecommunications company is currently trading 3.66% higher on the day, leading FTSE gains.

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Source: Refinitiv

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FTSE 100 Technical Analysis

After rising above the 2018 prior all-time high of 7903.5 in Friday’s session, FTSE prices rose slightly before peaking at a level of 7906.58.

With the release of January US NFP (non-farm payrolls) highlighting an overly tight labor market, expectations of further Fed tightening limited gains, driving prices lower.

FTSE 100 Weekly Chart

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While market participants remained cautious at the weekly open, FTSE prices eased back below the January high of 7875.58, a close around 7836 limited further declines. As corporate earnings continue to be released throughout this week, a move below 7875 could fuel bearish momentum back towards 7800.

FTSE 100 Daily Chart

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Chart prepared byTammy Da Costausing TradingView

— Written by Tammy Da Costa, Analyst for DailyFX.com

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