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Thursday,02 May 2024 at 07:40

UK and European stocks opened higher as global markets react to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s latest monetary policy decision.

Asia-Pacific stock markets were mixed after the U.S. Federal Reserve opted to hold interest rates steady at the end of its two-day meeting.

Oil prices rose on the prospect the U.S. may start buying crude for its petroleum reserve, after prices sank to a seven-week low on hopes for an Israel-Gaza ceasefire, doubts about U.S. interest rate cuts and swelling oil inventories.

Gold prices edged higher for a second straight session after the Federal Reserve indicated that it is still leaning toward eventual rate cuts, while investors’ focus pivoted toward the U.S. non-farm payrolls data.

In corporate news, oil and gas giant Shell reported a 15% jump in earnings in the first three months of the year compared with the final quarter of the year on the back of higher margins from crude and oil products trading. It also unveiled a new $3.5bn share buyback.

Adjusted core earnings came in at $18.7bn compared with $16.3bn in the fourth quarter, but lower than the $21.2bn reported in the first quarter of 2023. 

At 08:30
FTSE 100 8,143 +0.27%
FTSE 250 19,916 (-0.06%)
DAX 17,915 (-0.09%)
At the close
Dow Jones 37,903 +0.23%
S&P 500 5,018 (-0.34%)
NASDAQ 15,605 (-0.33%)
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 4.330
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.253
GBP/EUR 1.169
Gold $2,311 (-0.28%)
Brent $84.03 +0.57%
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