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Wednesday,24 May 2023 at 07:34

UK and European markets opened lower with market sentiment rattled by stumbling U.S. debt ceiling talks.

Asia-Pacific markets slid with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index leading losses and falling 1.2% and the Hang Seng Tech index shedding 1.32%, dragged by healthcare and industrial stocks.

Gold prices moved in a narrow range after another round of talks on U.S. debt ceiling ended with no deal, while investors awaited minutes of the Federal Reserve’s last policy meeting to gauge the path forward for interest rates.

Oil prices gained after U.S. oil and fuel supplies tightened and as a warning from the Saudi energy minister to speculators raised the prospect of further OPEC+ output cuts.

In corporate news, retailer Marks & Spencer delivered a forecast-busting annual profit driven by a major improvement in its food division and said it would reinstate a "modest" dividend in November.

Adjusted pre-tax profit came in at £482m, down from £522m last year, but better than expectations of £431m. The prior year’s figure was also boosted by almost £60m in business rate relief.

At 08:30
FTSE 100 7,668 (-1.23%)
FTSE 250 18,984 (-1.18%)
DAX 15,995 (-0.96%)
At the close
Dow Jones 33,055 (-0.69%)
S&P 500 4,145 (-1.12%)
NASDAQ 12,560 (-1.26%)
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 4.311
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.242
GBP/EUR 1.152
Gold $1,973 (-0.10%)
Brent $77.32 (-0.37%)
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