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Monday,29 April 2024 at 07:41

UK & European markets opened positively as investors look ahead to more central bank decisions, earnings and data this week.

The Japanese yen strengthened by midday after hitting 160 against the U.S. dollar as stocks in Asia-Pacific markets largely climbed.

Oil prices fell in early Asian trading, reversing gains from Friday as U.S. inflation data further dimmed the prospects of interest rate cuts anytime soon and boosted the dollar, which hurts oil demand.

Gold prices slipped as hopes for early interest rate cuts this year dampened, while focus shifted to the Federal Reserve policy meeting and U.S. non-farm payrolls data due this week for further clarity on monetary policy.

In corporate news, music rights owner Hipgnosis said it agreed terms on a new $1.57bn takeover by private equity investor Blackstone in the latest tit-for-tat battle with rival Concord.

Blackstone on Monday upped its offer to $1.30 a share in cash, or 104 pence a share, beating Concord’s latest offer of $1.24 a share. 

At 08:30
FTSE 100 8,178 +0.47%
FTSE 250 19,813 (-0.05%)
DAX 18,212 +0.28%
At the close
Dow Jones 38,239 +0.40%
S&P 500 5,099 +1.02%
NASDAQ 15,927 +2.03%
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 4.314
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.252
GBP/EUR 1.168
Gold $2,332 (-0.20%)
Brent $87.38 (-0.79%)
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