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UK markets take a breather after Royal Bank of Scotland news

As we covered yesterday, the Royal Bank of Scotland is rumoured to be in talks about a potential £4 billion rights issue which will assist the company in reducing its exposure to the UK government asset protection scheme. It would appear that this stark reminder that all is not well in the UK financial sector has caught the attention of UK investors today with the UK market taking a downturn after a very productive recent few weeks. So what next for the UK stock market?

It is very difficult to forecast the direction of the UK stock market at this moment in time due to the fact that many investors are looking forward with glee and others are concerned about the short to medium term situation. It is a very fine balancing act between these two particular stances and while over the last few weeks there is no doubt that those investors with a more positive train of thought have taken over, doubts are starting to creep in.

The UK banking sector is, and always has been, the key to a recovery in the UK economy. Those who believe the worst is over may be right but this does not mean to say that there will not be something of a rocky ride in the short to medium term as balance sheets are revitalise and the UK government will eventually look to dispose of its substantial stakes in Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds bank.

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