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Spread Betting News: Markets remain flat on triple witching day

12-18-2010 10:17 AM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

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Spread betting provider City Index

Spread betting provider City Index

Financial spread betting expert Nick Serff, Market Analyst at City Index (http://www.cityindex.co.uk), looks at EU market activity surrounding equities on 17th December:

"Equity markets remain festively quiet ahead of this morning’s expiry beginning at 10:15am. This morning sees the expiry of the December contracts for stock index futures, stock index options and stock options. This is the final triple witching of the year, the others being on the third Friday of March, June and September.

At 9.30am this morning the FTSE100 was up +4 points to 5885, the CAC40 up +13 points to 3901 and the DAX up +5 points to 7029.

Astrazeneca, the pharmaceutical heavy weight was the biggest loser on the day trading down around -159.5p (-5.06%) to 2993.5p after failing to gain approval for its new heart drug Brilinta. The company were hoping to gain approval in order to rival Plavix, the world’s second best selling drug.

Autonomy, the source of several rumours of late, was having a better day trading up +63p (+4.3%) to 1528p after strong US news from Oracle, Accenture and RIM, all of whom reported better than expected results overnight. Panmure Gordon raised Autonomy’s price target to 1726p from 1693p and retains its buy rating.

GKN was also fairing well this morning following an upgrade to buy from hold by Societe Generale, the automobile components provider was up +49p (+2.29%) to 218.7p.

With markets this quiet it is quite a struggle to find stories of note, and in turn a signal or indication as to where markets may be heading next. My guess would be that once this morning’s expiries are out of the way it could be the end of this year for most investors. Expect these quiet periods of low volume and low volatility to continue for the rest of this year."

Keep up with market activity on the move with City Index’s spread betting iPhone app. Learn more about it at http://www.cityindex.co.uk/trading-platform/iphone-trading-platform.aspx.

About City Index:

Today more and more individual traders are discovering the benefits of derivatives, and many of them are discovering them through a City Index trading platform.

As a group, we transact in excess of 1.5 million trades every month for individuals in over 50 countries worldwide. We provide access to a wide range of instruments including margined foreign exchange, binary betting (http://www.cityindex.co.uk/range-of-markets/binaries-spread-betting.aspx) and in the UK spread betting (http://www.cityindex.co.uk/spread-betting/).

We constantly look to widen the range of assets we offer, improve the performance of our platforms and expand the range of services we provide. The result is that our customers benefit from innovative mobile trading tools (http://www.cityindex.co.uk/trading-platform/mobile-trading-platform.aspx) with transparent pricing, competitive spreads, and a high standard of customer service and support.

Spread bets and CFDs are leveraged products which can result in losses greater than your initial investment. These products may not be suitable for all investors and you should ensure you fully understand the risks involved.

For more information, visit http://www.cityindex.co.uk.

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