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Monday’s session saw the FTSE 100 finally reach a new record high, joining its peers which saw fresh peaks earlier in the year.

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Written by: Chris Beauchamp | Chief Market Analyst, London
 
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FTSE 100 hits new peak as rate cut hopes boost index

Monday’s session saw the FTSE 100 finally reach a new record high, joining its peers which saw fresh peaks earlier in the year.

FTSE 100 closes at record after broad up day for UK stocks

The UK's premier FTSE 100 stock index hit an all-time closing high on Monday, with the blue-chip benchmark surging 1.6% to finish at 8,023.9 points. The rally was broad-based across most index constituents.

Weaker pound helps boost UK exporters

A key factor driving the FTSE 100's record close was the renewed weakness in the British pound versus the U.S. dollar. Sterling slumped 0.3% to $1.2333, its lowest since mid-November. With most FTSE 100 companies earning the majority of their revenues overseas, the weaker pound boosted their relative valuations.

Diverging rate outlook for Fed and Bank of England

Market expectations are building for the Bank of England (BoE) to start cutting interest rates as soon as August. This contrasts with views that the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) will keep rates higher for longer. The diverging rate outlook between the BoE and Fed is seen as benefiting the globally-exposed FTSE 100 index.

New highs come despite cheaper valuations

Even after setting a new all-time closing peak, UK stocks continue to trade at a record discount to their peers like the S&P 500. This depressed valuation gap reflects years of underperformance by British equities relative to other major markets. UK companies continue to be snapped up by foreign investors, with engineer Tyman agreeing to a takeover on Monday and other major names in focus.

Energy and bank stocks support FTSE 100 gains

Sector boosts from rising oil prices lifting energy giants like Shell, as well as gains for UK bank stocks amid an emerging economic recovery, have helped drive the FTSE 100's recent rally to new highs.

FTSE 100 technical analysis

The FTSE 100 finally managed to overcome its previous record high dating back to February of last year and is fast approaching the 8,100 mark.

Since over the past decade the index several times fell just short of the psychological 8,000 mark, the question is whether this time round a valid break above that level has finally been made. For now at least, the index seems to be on track for its third consecutive month of gains. This is encouraging for the bulls as it shows consistent buying pressure.

FTSE 100 Monthly Candlestick Chart

FTSE 100 Monthly Candlestick ChartSource: TradingView

A technical upside target can be found at the 161.8% Fibonacci extension of the March-to-June 2020 advance, projected higher from the October 2020 low, at 8301.90.

This bullish view will remain intact while the 200-day simple moving average (SMA) and the 2020-to-2024 uptrend line at 7,597.9 to 7,582.1 underpin on a weekly chart closing basis.

Immediate upside pressure should be maintained while the FTSE 100 stays above Friday’s one-month low at 7,748.8 on a daily chart closing basis.

FTSE 100 Daily Candlestick Chart

FTSE 100 Daily Candlestick ChartSource: TradingView

Minor support above these levels can be seen between the 8,016.5 early April high and the psychological 8,000 mark.

 

 

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