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Wednesday,01 May 2024 at 15:59

UK markets closed lower, extending earlier losses, while most European markets were closed for the May Day/Labor Day public holiday.

Oil prices fell on rising crude inventories and production in the U.S., the world’s biggest oil consumer, along with increasing hopes of a ceasefire agreement in the Middle East.

Gold prices edged higher, climbing back from its four-week low ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve policy decision that could shed more light on the central bank’s rate trajectory following hot U.S. economic data in the recent weeks.

UK fashion retailer Next said first-quarter sales came in ahead of forecasts and held guidance for the full year but warned that the next three months would be weaker due to wet spring weather.

Next still expects annual profit before tax to increase by 4.6% to £960m. 

At the close
FTSE 100 8,121 (-0.28%)
FTSE 250 19,926 (-0.19%)
DAX 17,932 (-1.03%)
At 16:55
Dow Jones 37,922 +0.28%
S&P 500 5,023 (-0.24%)
NASDAQ 15,618 (-0.25%)
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 4.375
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.240
GBP/EUR 1.169
Gold $2,306 +0.92%
Brent $83.72 (-2.50%)
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