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Tuesday,18 January 2022 at 17:01
Microsofthas struck the largest deal
in its history with a $69bn (£50bn) swoop for Activisiondespite the video game giant's
ongoing battle with staff sexual harassment claims.
down almost 30 per cent since a lawsuit was filed against the company in July,
alleging widespread sexual harassment and gender pay issues.
This takeover far surpasses previous mega-deals for Microsoft, including
$26bn on the business networking app LinkedIn and $8.5bn on the video-calling
the Call of Duty series, including the hugely popular free-to-play online
shooter Warzone, a lockdown hit, amassing more than 30m across console and PC.
UK and European stocks
were loweras global investors remain attuned to the policy
direction of the U.S. Federal Reserve and the start of corporate earnings
U.S. stocks fellas
investors monitored quarterly earnings reports from companies across all three
Oil prices rose,
passing the $87 per barrel mark as supply disruptions worsened after Yemen’s
Houthi group attacked the United Arab Emirates.
Goldprices slipped, weighed
down a spike in U.S. Treasury yields and a stronger dollar as investors awaited
more clues about the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike timeline from its
policy meeting next week.
At the close
FTSE 100 7,563 (-0.63%)
FTSE 250 22,652 (-0.96%)
DAX 15,772 (-1.01%)
Dow Jones 35,389 (-1.46%)
S&P 500 4,593 (-1.49%)
NASDAQ 14,623 (-1.81%)
UK 10-YR YIELD 1.221
Gold $1,814 (-0.28%)
Brent $87.21 +0.83%
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