Monday, 18 September 2017

Shares in BAE Systems lifts FTSE 100 higher on Qatar Typhoon jet deal

Shares in BAE Systems boosted the London market after Qatar signed a letter of intent to buy 24 Typhoon jets from the defence company.


The deal, announced at the weekend, sent BAE shares up 2.9%.

That made BAE one of the biggest risers in the FTSE 100, with the index up 32.50 points, or 0.5%, at 7,247.97 shortly after midday.

A slight fall in the pound also helped the benchmark share index to claw back some of the ground lost last week.

Sterling had risen sharply at the end of last week after the Bank of England indicated that an interest rate rise could be on the cards before the end of the year.
But that rise had pushed share prices lower, as a stronger pound cuts the value of FTSE 100 companies' overseas earnings when they are brought back to the UK and converted back into sterling.

BBC      News.

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