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Spread Betting Update: FTSE falls in light trade as investors slowly return

12-31-2010 10:49 AM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

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Spread betting expert Joshua Raymond

Spread betting expert Joshua Raymond

Joshua Raymond, spread betting expert and Market Strategist at City Index (http://www.cityindex.co.uk), discusses EU market activity around China, the FTSE and the mining sector on 29th December:

“The first trading day after the Christmas break saw the FTSE 100 make a brief break below the 6000 level in light volumes before returning to a tight trading range of 6000-6020.

There is very little that can be interpreted from today’s session in truth, with the majority of traders and volumes likely to return next week in the New Year.

The most interesting part of the session thus far has been to see strength in the mining sector with traders putting the Chinese rate hike, announced on Christmas day, to one side and focusing on metal outlook. The rate hike by China was of no real surprise to the market and there is every chance that China could announce another 2-3 hikes in 2011 as part of their new prudent monetary stance to curb spiralling inflation. So far, the move to hike rates is being welcomed by the market as a move to ‘growth normalisation’ and this has helped the mining sector to rally higher by 0.6%.

Strength in miners is helping to counter balance weakness in banking stocks, which would have otherwise have forced the FTSE 100 lower this morning. Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group are the main fallers on the FTSE with both shares losing between 1%-2%.

Crude prices continue to stabilise above the $91 level and this is helping to maintain demand for energy firms today. Expectations that crude inventories will show a decline in stockpiles is also supplementing gains in crude oil prices today, which is also helping to lift energy firms across Europe.”

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About City Index:

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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, CFDs (http://www.cityindex.co.uk/cfd-trading/) and in the UK financial 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 iPhone spread betting tools (http://www.cityindex.co.uk/trading-platform/iphone-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/.

Joshua Raymond, City Index, Park House, 16 Finsbury Circus, London EC2M 7EB

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