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Tuesday,19 May 2020 at 07:26

U.K. and European stocks opened higher continuing the positive trend set at the start of the week as hopes rise for a coronavirus vaccine. 

Stocks in Asia were higher following a positive development in a Moderna trial for a coronavirus vaccine. 

Oil prices were mixed with Brent pulling back from an early gain on profit-taking, while U.S. crude extended its rally amid signs that producers are cutting output. 

Gold rose, underpinned by China-U.S. trade friction. 

In corporate news, Chilean copper miner Antofagasta said that it has cut its 2019 final dividend in light of the coronavirus pandemic and the measures taken to slow its spread. 

Homeserve posted a jump in full-year revenue and increased its dividend.

FTSE 100 6,085 +0.61%
FTSE 250 16,464 +1.44%
DAX 11,184 +1.14%
the close
Dow Jones 24,597 +3.85%
S&P 500 2,953 +3.15%
NASDAQ 9,234 +2.44%
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 0.25
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.225
GBP/EUR 1.120
Gold $1,730 (-0.09%)
Brent $35.20 (-0.59%)
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