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Friday,10 May 2024 at 07:32

UK & European markets opened higher as positive momentum continued into the end of the week.

Hong Kong led Asia-Pacific stocks higher as markets tracked Wall Street gains, with renewed hopes for rate cuts by the U.S. Federal Reserve bolstering market sentiment.

Gold prices were higher in early trading.

Oil prices rose, continuing upwards trend on the signs of improving economy in China and as negotiations to halt hostilities in the stand-off between Israel and Hamas yielded no results.

In corporate news, British Airways owner IAG said it was "well positioned" for the summer after posting a huge rise in first-quarter profit on the back of strong leisure travel demand, especially over the Easter holidays.

Operating profit before exceptional items in the three months to March 31 surged to €68m from €9m a year earlier.

Passenger capacity grew 7% over the period. 

At 08:15
FTSE 100 8,422 +0.50%
FTSE 250 20,598 +0.32%
DAX 18,761 +0.41%
At the close
Dow Jones 39,387 +0.85%
S&P 500 5,214 +0.51%
NASDAQ 16,346 +0.27%
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 4.111
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.253
GBP/EUR 1.253
Gold $2,367 +0.92%
Brent $84.30 +0.25%
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