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Friday,13 November 2020 at 17:15
UK and European stocks closed mixed as investors generally struck a positive tone on the prospect of an effective coronavirus vaccine.
The dollar slipped as worries about the economic fallout from surging COVID-19 cases in the United States tempered initial enthusiasm about a possible vaccine.
Oil prices fell, pressured by fears about a slow recovery in the global economy and fuel demand due to rising coronavirus infections.
Gold held steady, with optimism over a COVID-19 vaccine countered by market concerns about its rollout.
In corporate news, Primark owner AB Foods was weaker as worries about the Covid-19 pandemic returned.
On the upside, banks were on the front foot, with Lloyds and NatWest both higher.
At the close
FTSE 100 6,316 (-0.36%)
FTSE 250 19,270 (-0.17%)
DAX 13,076 +0.18%
Dow Jones 29,352 +0.94%
S&P 500 3,566 +0.83%
NASDAQ 11,774 +0.56%
UK 10-YR YIELD 0.34
Gold $1,891 +0.76%
Brent $43.00 (-0.56%)
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