ANALYST VIEWS? WHAT DOES THE LACK OF ACTIVITY IN THE MARKET MEAN FOR THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE?

JEREMY BATSTONE-CARR | CHARLES STANLEY
"These figures represent very accurately what has been going on in the market. Recent economic data that has been issued showing an upturn is a false dawn. Investor confidence is very weak and I do not accept that things are getting that much better. Trading has been poor and the markets are not being fooled. "

RICHARD HUNTER | HARGREAVES LANSDOWN
"There are some seasonally adjusted lighter volumes to be taken into account. But this should be coupled with the risk aversion that some investors are showing as many are investing in things like gold. The fact is that there are some very wary investors out there and trading is slow as fears over the economy remain."

ALAN CLARKE | BNP PARIBAS
"I suspect the lower volumes of trades reflect heightened risk aversion coupled with a significant degree of uncertainty with the economy at the moment."