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Tuesday,23 February 2021 at 08:33

U.K. and European stocks were positive at the open with investor focus on coronavirus developments, economic recovery, and earnings. 


Asia-Pacific stocks traded mixed as investors monitored technology stocks regionally after their counterparts declined overnight on Wall Street. 

Oil prices continued to rise as U.S. output was slow to return after a deep freeze in Texas shut down crude production last week. 

Gold was relatively flat. 

In corporate news, HSBC reported a 34% slump in annual profits, but resumed dividend payments as it said it would refocus operations on China. 

Aviva has agreed to sell its French business to Aema Groupe for €3.2bn in cash as it looks to focus on its strongest businesses in the UK, Ireland and Canada.

Markets
At 08:20
FTSE 100 6,635 +0.35%
FTSE 250 21,167 +0.89%
DAX 13,987 +0.27%
At the close
Dow Jones 31,521 +0.09%
S&P 500 3,876 (-0.77%)
NASDAQ 13,533 (-2.46%)
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 0.681
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.408
GBP/EUR 1.157
Commodities
Gold $1,809 +0.03%
Brent $66.10 +0.46%
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