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Monday,18 May 2020 at 07:25

UK and European stocks opened higher as investor confidence rises as lockdown restrictions around the world are cautiously lifted. 

Major markets in Asia were little changed as U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the U.S economy may need a coronavirus vaccine to fully recover. 

Oil prices climbed, supported by output cuts and signs of a gradual recovery in fuel demand. 

Gold rose to its highest in more than seven years as dismal U.S. data underscored how badly the Covid-19 pandemic has damaged the U.S. economy. 

In corporate news, budget carrier Ryanair said coronavirus travel bans would lead to a €200m first quarter loss. 

Mitchells & Butlers said the waiver agreed with its lenders to avoid a breach of its financing terms had been extended for three weeks.

FTSE 100 5,936 +2.37%
FTSE 250 16,032 +2.38%
DAX 10,465 +1.24%
the close
Dow Jones 23,685 +0.25%
S&P 500 2,863 +0.39%
NASDAQ 9,014 +0.79%
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 0.23
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.210
GBP/EUR 1.118
Gold $1,759 +1.04%
Brent $33.86 +2.98%
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