FTSE Falls but Smaller Stocks Rally on Confirmation of Election

Prime Minister Theresa May won backing from parliament for a snap election in June today, causing the stock market split fortunes

Karen Kwok 19 April, 2017 | 4:47PM
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Domestically-focused UK stocks have rallied today – despite the FTSE 100 index falling 3% since yesterday, erasing 2017 gains. The losses came following the UK Prime Minister Theresa May securing a majority vote in the House of Commons to call a General Election on June 8.

The FTSE 250, which is made up of smaller and more domestic-focused UK companies, gained 0.7% today; with retailers and homebuilders posting share price gains.

After touching new record highs several times in the past three months, the FTSE 100 is currently down 0.6% year to date. A stronger sterling, following the announcement of a General Election in June, is the main driver of the market fall. International companies, which source their revenues in dollars, make up a significant part of the blue-chip index, meaning currency fluctuations play a large part in FTSE 100 returns.

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Barratt Developments PLC679.80 GBX-1.56
easyJet PLC630.40 GBX3.92Rating
Franklin UK Equity Income A Acc  
Marks & Spencer Group PLC182.40 GBX0.11Rating
Morrison (Wm) Supermarkets PLC293.80 GBX0.93Rating
Next PLC8,122.00 GBX1.50
Persimmon PLC2,781.00 GBX-0.36
Sainsbury (J) PLC282.40 GBX0.14Rating
Taylor Wimpey PLC167.35 GBX-1.99

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