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Wednesday,03 April 2024 at 07:44

UK and European markets opened mixed as sentiment turns cautious at the start of the new trading quarter.

Asia-Pacific stocks fell, tracking declines on Wall Street overnight, with shares of electric vehicle makers dropping on demand worries.

Gold prices extended a record run as concerns of rising inflation boosted demand for gold as a hedge, with bullion traders shrugging off doubts over an imminent U.S. interest rate cut and rising Treasury yields.

Oil prices extended gains as a larger than expected fall in U.S. crude inventories and escalating geopolitical tensions raised investor worries about tighter supplies.

In corporate news, meat, seafood and meat alternatives group Hilton Foods saw profits rise by a fifth in 2023 despite modest top-line growth, helped by the turnaround in its seafood business.

Adjusted pre-tax profit came in at £66m, up 20.3% at constant currencies, with adjusted operating margins improving to 2.4% from 1.8%. Volumes increased by just 0.7% to 517,347 tonnes, while revenues rose 5.7% to £3.99bn.

The recovery in seafood is being delivered "ahead of plan", Hilton said, returning to full-year operating profitability. 

At 08:30
FTSE 100 7,906 (-0.36%)
FTSE 250 19,663 (-0.25%)
DAX 18,318 +0.20%
At the close
Dow Jones 39,170 (-1.00%)
S&P 500 5,205 (-0.72%)
NASDAQ 16,240 (-0.95%)
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 4.087
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.256
GBP/EUR 1.169
Gold $2,273 (-0.28%)
Brent $89.00 +0.01%
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