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Monday, February 9, 2009

BetOnMarkets Afternoon Report

World stock markets are mixed, with the FTSE 100 nudging ahead on a day of tepid trading. The better than expected figures from Barclays has certainly given UK equities on boost, but it is not enough to make the UK’s benchmark index of 100 stocks push through Friday’s trading range.

Barclay’s figures have been well received, but their share price still has a long way to go if it can be deemed to have turned the corner. Last February, Barclay’s shares hit £5.24, even with today’s 12% rise they are still more than £4.00 below this level. The so called independence premium could start to play out in the second half of the year, especially if Barclays start to pay a dividend once again. However, for now, investors are understandably hesitant to take anyone’s word on this.

Wider equities are range bound as the benchmark US indices retreat on the news that the Obama bailout plan won’t be announced until tomorrow. Markets more than anything hate indecision and until a resolution looks likely, or at lease strong rumours of a resolution circulate, equities will trade in a tight range until tomorrow afternoon.