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Monday,21 November 2022 at 08:20

UK & European markets opened lower open as investors continue to assess inflationary pressures and the possible trajectory of central bank interest rates.

Shares in the Asia-Pacific mostly fell amid growing Covid concerns in China as its central bank kept the benchmark lending rates, or loan prime rates, on hold — in line with expectations.

Oil prices fell by nearly a dollar as Covid concerns in China rose with the nation seeing the first virus-related deaths recorded since May this year.

Gold crept lower, after marking its worst week in five, pressured by a pop in the dollar while traders awaited further cues on central banks’ interest rates strategy.

In corporate news, Virgin Money reported a strong rise in full-year profits driven by higher interest rates.

The bank said pre-tax profit surged 43% to £595m. It also posted impairment losses of £52m, compared with a £131m credit a year ago.

Net interest margin, the difference between loan and savings rates, increased to 1.85% from 1.65% as the Bank of England increased its base rates to combat spiralling inflation, currently at 11%.

Markets
08:15
FTSE 100 7,358 (-0.37%)
FTSE 250 19,229 (-0.28%)
DAX 14,400 (-0.21%)
the close
Dow Jones 33,745 +0.59%
S&P 500 3,965 +0.48%
NASDAQ 11,146 +0.01%
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 3.235
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.1830
GBP/EUR 1.152
Commodities
Gold $1,742 (-0.40%)
Brent $87.11 (-3.21%)
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