Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.

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FTSE

The FTSE-100 tracks the share-prices of the 100 largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. In 2020, the index has fallen dramatically, as global share prices fell amid fears of the impact of the coronavirus. The FTSE closed at 4,993.89 on 23 March, the index’s lowest level since October 2011, though it subsequently rallied since and closed at 5,815.73 on 26 March, an increase of 16%. It closed at 5,415.50 on 3 April, a fall of 7%.

Brent Crude Oil

The price of Brent crude oil reached an all-time high above $145/barrel in July 2008. In January 20, the price fell below $30/barrel for the first time in over ten years, though climbed in late 2016 after OPEC agreed to its first supply cut since 2008. Recently, the price has fallen dramatically, following OPEC and Russia failing to agree a cut in production. On 27 March, the price closed at $24.57, its lowest level since May 2003. Since 1 January, the price has fallen by 46%. 

Gold Price

The nominal price of gold exceeded $1,800/ounce for the first time in August 2011, but the metal’s price has since moderated considerably. In August 2018, it fell below $1,200/ounce for the first time since January 2017, though has remained above $1,200/ounce since October 2018. More recently the price has been rising – in August 2019, the price passed $1,500/ounce for the first time since April 2013 and reached $1,600/ounce in February 2020, its highest level in seven years. On 13 March, the price fell to $1,570/ounce, fall of 5% on the previous day. The price has since climbed back to above $1,600/ounce.

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