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Tuesday,07 March 2023 at 17:06

UK and European markets fell as traders followed Jerome Powell’s congressional testimony.

US stocks sold off sharply after comments from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell suggested that rates may need to go higher for longer, fuelling fears of a potentially larger rate hike at the central bank’s next policy meeting.

Oil prices edged lower as a stronger U.S. dollar and weak oil data from top crude importer China shifted the momentum after five days of gains.

Gold eased after Powell’s testimony to congress and ahead of the February U.S. jobs report due on Friday.

Wood Group said on Tuesday that it was 'minded to reject' a fourth takeover approach from Apollo Global Management as it undervalues the business.

Apollo made a fourth proposal at 237p per share in cash on 6 March.

"The board believes this latest proposal continues to undervalue the group and is therefore minded to reject," Wood Group said in a brief statement.

"The board will continue to engage with its shareholders and intends to engage further, on a limited basis, with Apollo."

At the close
FTSE 100 7,919 (-0.13%)
FTSE 250 19,956 (-0.54%)
DAX 15,559 (-0.60%)
At 17:00
Dow Jones 33,072 (-1.07%)
S&P 500 4,003 (-1.10%)
NASDAQ 11,579 (-0.82%)
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 3.826
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.185
GBP/EUR 1.120
Gold $1,819 (-1.52%)
Brent $83.79 (-2.81%)
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