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Friday,19 February 2021 at 08:36

U.K. and European markets opened mixed as investors monitor rising bond yields, corporate earnings, and a batch of key economic data out of the eurozone. 


Stocks in Asia-Pacific were mixed following overnight declines for the major indexes on Wall Street. 

Oil prices were lower on worries that refineries shut by a big freeze in the U.S. South will take some time to revive operations. 

Gold prices fell as recent strength in U.S. Treasury yields dented the non-yielding metal’s appeal. 

In corporate news, NatWest said it was pulling out of the Republic of Ireland as the bank reported a smaller than expected annual loss. NatWest said it agreed to sell €4bn of commercial loans to Allied Irish banks as a first step towards withdrawing from the Irish market. Its business in Northern Ireland will not be affected.

Markets
At 08:25
FTSE 100 6,611 (-0.09%)
FTSE 250 20,956 +0.11%
DAX 13,927 +0.29%
At the close
Dow Jones 31,493 (-0.38%)
S&P 500 3,913 (-0.44%)
NASDAQ 13,865 (-0.72%)
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 0.626
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.398
GBP/EUR 1.154
Commodities
Gold $1,774 (-0.04%)
Brent $63.04 (-0.66%)
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