Market numbers: Friday 19th March 2010
The FTSE 100 index of leading UK company shares finished the week at 5,650.13, up 7.51 points or +0.1% on the day and up 24.48 points (+0.44%) over the week.
This means that the FTSE 100 achieved its highest close in 21 months, following a strong performance from banking stocks. Lloyds Banking Group announced they would return to profitability in 2010, which gave the markets a nice boost.
Over a year the FTSE 100 has risen from 3,816.90 (1,833.23 points or 48.03%).
£1 is currently worth $1.50160 US or €1.10950 Euros.
Brent Crude Oil Future is currently priced at $79.79/barrel. Gold is $1,105.50/ounce and Silver is $17.31/ounce.
The UK Bank Rate is 0.5% and CPI inflation was 3.5% for the year to January 2010.