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Wednesday,25 March 2020 at 08:30

UK and European markets opened higher after U.S. senators agreed to the Trump administration’s massive economic rescue bill, unlocking $2 trillion worth of funds. 


Stocks in Asia Pacific soared after a massive coronavirus stimulus bill was struck between the White House and Senate stateside. 

Oil prices rose. 

Gold prices edged lower. 

In corporate news, housebuilder Bellway postponed its interim dividend and warned of a slowdown in demand due to the coronavirus and subsequent government-ordered lockdown. 

Rentokil International has cancelled its dividend and cut pay in an effort to conserve more than £500m in cash to strengthen its finances against the Covid-19 crisis.

Markets
08:21 GMT
FTSE 100 5,546 +1.85%
FTSE 250 14,598 +3.01%
DAX 9,967 +2.75%
the close
Dow Jones 20,704 +11.37%
S&P 500 2,447 +9.38%
NASDAQ 7,417 +8.12%
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 0.47
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.183
GBP/EUR 1.094
Commodities
Gold $1,601 (-1.71%)
Brent $27.72 +0.22%
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