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Monday,18 January 2021 at 08:32

U.K. and European stocks opened the new trading week flat to lower, amid a pullback in global markets. 


Shares in Asia-Pacific traded mixed as investors in the region reacted to Chinese economic data, including the country’s GDP print for the fourth quarter. 

Oil prices fell further from 11-month highs touched last week, ending a rally that started at end-October on production cuts and strong Chinese demand, with the market’s outlook questioned as coronavirus infections rise. 

Gold prices were slightly higher on expectations of a large Covid-19 relief package in the United States. 

In corporate news, Centrica chief financial officer Johnathan Ford has quit in the middle of a turnaround plan for the energy supplier. Ford has stepped down with immediate effect for personal reasons. Kate Ringrose, group financial controller, has replaced him. 

AstraZeneca and its partner Daiichi Sankyo announced that ‘Enhertu’, or trastuzumab deruxtecan, has been approved in the United States for the treatment of gastric cancer.

Markets
At 08:20
FTSE 100 6,729 (-0.09%)
FTSE 250 20,650 +0.17%
DAX 13,751 (-0.26%)
At the close
Dow Jones 30,814 (-0.57%)
S&P 500 3,768 (-0.72%)
NASDAQ 12,998 (-0.87%)
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 0.287
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.353
GBP/EUR 1.121
Commodities
Gold $1,835 +0.49%
Brent $54.64 (-3.12%)
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