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Great site Kenny.

Technical Analysis written in a straightforward way so that everyone understands.

There's only a small few who get it consistantly correct and you are certainly in that group. Chris

Thanks for putting this all together and sharing! BHW

Awesome Stuff! Kenny has shown time and time again the ability to show us direction in these markets. Khalsa

Kenny, I appreciate your insight and analysis. You make sense of what I can rarely see.

Thanks for sharing.

Took a gold short at 1240 just closed at 1203 :-)))))))))))))))))) ........ top call!!  Gekko

The London Stock Exchange - LSE

UK Stock Exchange

A Brief History of The London Stock Exchange

With its formal creation in 1801 the London Stock Exchange (LSE) is among the first of the modern stock exchanges as we know them today but  with the history of its origins traces back for more than 300 years,  the LSE is the one of the oldest of the worlds leading financial markets.

From its early origins in the informal dealings within London's coffee houses to a market capitalization of $3597bn (Stats from the World Federation of Exchanges, Oct 2010),  the LSE is now the Fourth largest stock market in the world with an average of GBP5bn worth of shares being traded every single business day (2009 daily average).

Based in the City of London,  the exchange replaced its governing council with a new board of directors in 1991 and
became a public limited company in 2000.

The LSE merged with Borsa Italiana in 2007 creating the London Stock Exchange Group in its attempts to fight off unwelcome take over bids, including one by the Nasdaq, who built up a 30% stake in the British stock exchange, but ultimately the bid failed.

Offering an equities share market for more than 3000 companies worldwide, the Groups Exchanges provide trading facilities for its 500+ members in a wide range of financial markets including trading services for the largest range of ETFs and ETCs products available.

LSE Stock Exchange Markets & Services

The London Stock Exchange provides its members with a number of value added services but its primary function is the supply of a range of trading services and a market for trading across a wide range of asset classes including...

  • Stocks
  • Indexes
  • ETFs
  • ETCs
  • Retail Bonds
  • Covered Warrants
  • Structured Products (Trackers)
  • Funds
Another important function of the stock Exchange is to collate and supply the tick by tick real time live market data which is essential for the stock markets participants and retailers to be able to conduct their businesses. 

SEDOL Masterfile (SMF) is the official code used by the LSE to identify global securities. The LSE  provides reference data on the millions of global multi-asset securities and each security is identified in the market by its unique SEDOL code. 

FTSE 100 Index

FTSE International LTD have created and manage 120,000 indices worldwide and is owned by the LSE Group. The Ftse 100 index is probably the most well known of the UK stock market indexes. The FTSE indexes are the benchmark indicators of the British stock market and the FTSE100 tracks the performance of the 100 largest companies listed on the London share market.


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London Stock Exchange Holiday Calendar 2016 - 2017

LSE Business days are Monday to Friday each week excluding the holiday dates shown in the table below.

LSE Holiday Calendar 2017 * 2016 **
New Years Day Monday 02 Jan 17
Monday 01 Jan
Good Friday Friday 14 April 17
Friday 25 Mar
Easter Monday Monday 17 Apr 17
Monday 28 Mar
May Day Monday 01 May 17
Monday 02 May
Spring Bank Holiday Monday 29 May 17
Monday 30 May
Summer Bank Holiday Monday 28 Aug 17
Monday 29 Aug
Pre Christmas Friday 22 Dec 17 * Friday 23 Dec**
Christmas Monday 25 Dec 17 Monday 26 Dec
Boxing Day Tuesday 26 Dec 17 Tuesday 27 Dec
New Years Eve Friday 29 Dec 17 * Friday 30 Dec**

* On 22 December and 29 December 2017 all Exchange markets will close from 12:30 London time onwards.

** On 23 December and 30 December 2016 all Exchange markets will close from 12:30 London time onwards.

***  Tax Law can change and may differ in other jurisdictions outside the UK

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