. European Stocks Edge Higher; U.K. Outperforms Ahead of Fiscal Update 31 Oct 2022

European Stocks Edge Higher; U.K. Outperforms Ahead of Fiscal Update 31 Oct 20

31 Oct 2022

UK’s FTSE 100 edges higher, set for monthly gains 

FTSE 100 is trading down 0.24% at 7063.00

UK’s FTSE 100 inched higher on Monday, set to rise for the month as some investor’s nerves were soothed over reports that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak could extend a freeze on British foreign aid, helping offset a fall in oil stocks.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 edged up 0.1% by 0938 GMT, while the domestically oriented FTSE 250 remained flat.

Energy stocks fell 0.4%, as oil prices declined on weaker-than-expected China factory activity data. 

The FTSE 100 tracked gains of 2.2% in October, while midcaps eyed a monthly rise of 4.4%.

Sunak might extend the foreign aid spending cut by another two years to 2026-2027 as the government draws up spending cuts and cancels tax cuts to ease the squeeze on household budgets caused by higher costs of living, according to a Telegraph report.

The government had cut its foreign aid spending two years ago to deal with the hit public finances took during the pandemic.

Investors will now look towards the Bank of England and the U.S. Federal Reserve for any signs of easing their aggressive monetary policy tightening cycles, with each expected to hike rates by 75 basis points during the week.

The banking sector gained 1.2% after a Sunday Times report said that more windfall taxes in the UK was unlikely.

On technical fronts, FTSE 100: RSI stood at 71.86, and currently it is trading below 50 and 100 days MA & above 20 days MA. So, the SELL position can be taken with the following target and stop loss: 

TRADE SIGNAL -: FTSE 100 – SELL: 7063.80, TARGET: 6963.50, STOP LOSS: 7150.50