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Wednesday,20 May 2020 at 07:23

UK and European stocks opened mixed as positive global market sentiment faltered. 

Stocks in Asia Pacific were mixed as China’s benchmark lending rate was left unchanged. 

Sterling was relatively unchanged versus the U.S. dollar. 

Oil prices rose amid signs of improving demand and a drawdown in U.S. crude inventories. 

Gold prices gained as bleak data from major economies reflected the fallout from the coronavirus crisis. 

In corporate news, Marks & Spencer said annual profits fell by a fifth as it took a £218m hit from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Rolls-Royce said it would cut at least 9,000 jobs as part of a plan to save more than £1.3bn a year in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

FTSE 100 5,984 (-0.29%)
FTSE 250 16,287 (-0.20%)
DAX 11,024 (-0.46%)
the close
Dow Jones 24,206 (-1.59%)
S&P 500 2,922 (-1.05%)
NASDAQ 9,185 (-0.54%)
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 0.24
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.223
GBP/EUR 1.116
Gold $1,749 +0.27%
Brent $34.66 +0.43%
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