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Friday,26 April 2024 at 16:00

UK and European markets closed higher, regaining momentum after a dip in the previous session.

US stocks bounced back on Friday as Alphabet and Microsoft earnings revived hopes for a Big Tech-led rally, even as a reading on the Federal Reserve's preferred inflation gauge showed price pressures remain sticky.

Gold prices held gains after data showed that U.S. inflation rose in line with expectations, but the safe-haven metal was on track for a weekly fall as some geopolitical risk premiums eased.

Oil prices were flat but remained on track to end higher this week after two straight weeks of losses.

In corporate news, NatWest posted a less-than-expected 27% fall in first-quarter earnings, with pre-tax operating profits falling to £1.3bn from £1.8bn a year earlier.

Analysts were forecasting a figure closer to £1.2bn.

"NatWest Group has delivered a strong set of results for the first quarter - with an operating profit of £1.3 billion - as we remain focused on the priorities we set out in February, which will help us shape the future of this bank," said chief executive Paul Thwaite. 

At the close
FTSE 100 8,139 +0.75%
FTSE 250 19,824 +1.13%
DAX 18,166 +1.39%
At 16:55
Dow Jones 38,218 +0.35%
S&P 500 5,100 +1.03%
NASDAQ 15,445 +1.99%
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 4.328
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.247
GBP/EUR 1.167
Gold $2,336 +0.21%
Brent $88.27 +0.40%
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