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Thursday,18 February 2021 at 08:29

U.K. and European stocks opened mixed as investors await earnings from big names in the region, including Airbus, Barclays and Daimler. 

Asia-Pacific markets declined whilst mainland Chinese markets traded mixed after the Lunar New Year holiday. 

Oil prices were higher as a cold snap sweeping Texas and surrounding regions shut at least a fifth of U.S. refining output and a million barrels of crude production. 

Gold inched up as U.S. Treasury yields retreated, although a stronger U.S. dollar kept bullion’s gains in check. 

In corporate news, Barclays reinstated its dividend and said it would buy back up to £700m of its shares as the bank reported annual profit ahead of forecasts. 

Medical technology business Smith & Nephew reported a fall in full-year profits as the Covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of elective procedures.

At 08:20
FTSE 100 6,699 (-0.17%)
FTSE 250 21,186 +0.18%
DAX 13,937 +0.21%
At the close
Dow Jones 31,613 +0.29%
S&P 500 3,931 (-0.03%)
NASDAQ 13,965 (-0.58%)
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 0.575
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.387
GBP/EUR 1.151
Gold $1,779 +0.23%
Brent $65.02 +0.26%
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