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Tuesday,13 October 2020 at 16:14

UK and European stocks retreated as investors digested the start of U.S. earnings season and coronavirus developments.

The U.S. dollar strengthened as investors turned cautious after a Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 study was paused.

Oil prices rebounded as robust data from China offset returning supply in Norway, the Gulf of Mexico and Libya.

Gold fell as the dollar rallied on an impasse over U.S. stimulus and as investors latched onto a slightly less stark economic report card from the International Monetary Fund.

Experian was a high riser after Credit Suisse upped its price target on the credit-checking firm to 3,600p from 3,450p as it lifted its earnings per share estimates by 2-4% for FY22-23 to reflect strong growth in Brazilian and North American B2C.

SSE was also a high riser after agreeing to sell its 50% share in its Multifuel energy-from-waste ventures to Australian fund manager First Sentier Investors for £995m in cash as part of its £2bn disposal programme. 

Markets
At the close
FTSE 100 5,969 (-0.53%)
FTSE 250 17,891 (-1.52%)
DAX 13,018 (-0.91%)
At 16:50
Dow Jones 28,752 (-0.30%)
S&P 500 3,526 (-0.21%)
NASDAQ 11,940 +0.54%
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 0.24
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.297
GBP/EUR 1.104
Commodities
Gold $1,895 (-1.40%)
Brent $42.40 +1.56%
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