CHARIOT OIL (LSE:CHAR) & BRENT CRUDE too. We've just about reached our wits end with the DOW, so it was time to sit back and chill while running the numbers against every single DOW constituent. And as a result, we calculated the DOW should be heading to 25,335 points next, this being a point where some reversal is probable.
FTSE OUTLOOK (FTSE:UKX) In our first "Friday Smug Git" award for 2018, the FTSE managed a high of 7727 points. Our target was 7726 points. Unfortunately, given the days trading range was only 38 points, it was not the most exciting event but it did mirror the rather boring first fake week at work.
FTSE FOR FRIDAY (FTSE:UKX) On this day in history, our grandchildren go home. Two weeks of "bliss" completed and how we shall miss the sound of an electric guitar, a microphone, and the talents of two girls who can neither sing nor play guitar - especially at 7am. Daily.
THE FTSE (FTSE:UKX) Usually, the festive period is a "feet up" time with stock markets making pretend movements, designed to conceal prices actually being marched on the spot. Gleefully, we take full advantage of Scotland enjoying the 1st & 2nd off, following New Year. Oops moment!
THE GRAND TOUR (EX:BBC) & SPAIN For some reason, doubtless related to the immediate prospect of grandchildren arriving for the next weeks, Jeremy Clarkson's latest episode of Grand Tour superseded the usual Thursday night flip flop through the Asian markets. Some say, it was more interesting.
FTSE FOR FRIDAY (ish) (FTSE:UKX) Past experience has taught, doing a "FTSE for..." when the day is Xmas eve will be an exercise in futility. Normally, the holiday morning spends the session doing nothing until the final few minutes, then the FTSE will make a movement. Usually the one it should make the previous day!
BARCLAYS BANK (LSE:BARC) A day spent, applying nail varnish, tends explain the ridiculous sums people spend in "Nail Bars". It all started when a favourite keyboard began needing healthy thumps to make the space bar work, along with someone noticing only the 'F' & 'Q' keys were actually visible.
The Royal Bank of Scotland (LSE:RBS) It's time for our monthly moan about RBS, the bank that likes to say "doh". Oddly though, for four days earlier this month, the company share price actually managed to close a session above the trend since 2008 - currently 279.25p. Usually this is something giving some hope, suggesting a downtrend which can be bettered.