The performance of the 100 most prestigious companies listed on the London Stock Exchange has made for exciting viewing over recent days, with the FTSE 100 index that tracks them having rocketed in value.
Last week, the FTSE 100 index raced to its highest point in over three years, with some analysts across the City of London having begun to wonder whether it may reach 8,000 points.
Yesterday, the rally continued, and the FTSE 100 reached its highest position in five years, which is a remarkable milestone, as the trading day ended at a very high 7,856.
This morning, the trading bonanza came to an abrupt end, as a sudden drop took place at 9.00am during the London trading session, signaling a break in the FTSE 100 index's almost unstoppable rally.
However, even after such a drop, the FTSE 100 was still standing at 7,845 points which is still its highest point in five years apart from yesterday's peak.
The sudden drop was quickly reversed, and by 9.30am there was a slight movement upwards once again, which by 9.45am resulted in a climb back to 7,849 points.
Now it is hard to tell whether this upward movement will continue and cancel out this morning's drop entirely, or whether this is the end of the massive rally experienced by the FTSE 100 index over recent weeks.
Interestingly, in this age of high technology in which internet giants such as Amazon and Google dominate the world's corporate stage, NASDAQ has been hit badly with weakening overall stock values as the US tech stocks and electric vehicle manufacturers' poor performance has had an impact.
Meanwhile the FTSE 100 which tracks traditional firms such as airlines, mining companies, banks, pharmaceuticals, retail giants, supermarkets and healthcare firms among others, is booming.
All this with a backdrop of a weak economy in the United Kingdom and high inflation compared to greater production output and lower inflation in the United States.
For the moment, it certainly appears that there is life in 'low tech' and that London's trading floor is a hive of activity.
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