BlackRock’s Share Price Surge: Analysing the August Rally and Environmental Influence

Gary Thomson, Chief Operating Officer FXOpen UK

BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has been in the spotlight recently due to a remarkable surge in its share prices throughout August.


Starting at around $670 on August 22, BlackRock’s shares reached a one-month high of $706.99 on September 1, marking an impressive climb. In this article, we will analyse the factors driving this share price increase, as well as examine the potential impact of BlackRock’s recent criticism of Glencore’s environmental policies on its stock performance.

The August Rally and a Renewed Uptick in September

At the end of August, BlackRock exhibited a clear growth trajectory, with its share prices steadily climbing. As a result, BlackRock cemented its position as one of the most valuable shares on the market. This remarkable performance piqued the interest of investors and financial analysts alike, prompting questions about what was driving this surge.

As September began, BlackRock continued to maintain its high valuation, though there was a slight dip in its share price. However, what’s particularly noteworthy is that BlackRock shares have started to rise again, going from $680 on Thursday of the previous week to $695 yesterday. This renewed uptick in value raises questions about its drivers.

Environmental Influence

One of the intriguing aspects of BlackRock’s recent performance is the potential connection between its share price movements and its criticism of Glencore’s ‘green’ policies. Companies, especially those with substantial investments in large firms, engaging in environmental or climate-related policies can often result in investors taking a cautious approach.

A report released at the beginning of this week revealed that BlackRock, as the third-largest shareholder in Glencore with a stake worth approximately $9 billion, was one of several investors that rejected Glencore’s climate policy at its shareholder gathering in May. This suggests that BlackRock has been actively pushing for more environmentally responsible practices within the companies in which it holds stakes.

BlackRock’s involvement in advocating for responsible environmental practices in the companies it invests in could potentially have a positive impact on shareholders. This involvement could be seen as a shrewd move, as companies that prioritise sustainability are often better positioned for long-term growth and are less likely to face regulatory and reputational risks associated with environmental issues.


The pronounced increase in BlackRock’s share price at the end of August, followed by the renewed uptick in September, indicates that investor confidence in the company remains strong. The potential link between this performance and BlackRock’s criticism of Glencore’s climate policies is indeed intriguing. It suggests that BlackRock’s influence goes beyond financial considerations, extending into the realm of responsible investing.

Whether this trend will continue or if it’s merely a short-term blip remains to be seen. However, BlackRock’s commitment to environmental responsibility is likely to shape its investment strategies and, in turn, influence the companies it invests in. This, in the long run, could have a significant impact on shareholder value and the broader investment landscape. As the world grapples with pressing environmental challenges, BlackRock’s approach may serve as a model for other financial institutions seeking to align their investments with sustainable and ethical principles

This article represents the opinion of the Companies operating under the FXOpen brand only. It is not to be construed as an offer, solicitation, or recommendation with respect to products and services provided by the Companies operating under the FXOpen brand, nor is it to be considered financial advice.

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