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Friday,22 May 2020 at 07:30

U.K. and European stocks opened lower as ties between the U.S. and China come under further strain, potentially threatening the “Phase One” trade deal signed earlier this year. 

Stocks in Asia Pacific fell as tensions between the U.S. and China rise. 

Oil prices slumped on renewed concerns that the fallout from the coronavirus will continue to depress fuel demand. 

Gold steadied as an escalation in U.S.-China tensions underpinned bullion’s safe-haven appeal. 

In corporate news, fashion retailer Burberry pulled its final dividend and took a £241m hit as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

United Utilities increased its final dividend even as £56m of Covid-19 costs contributed to a small decline in the water company's annual operating profit.

FTSE 100 5,889 (-2.09%)
FTSE 250 16,111 (-1.68%)
DAX 11,902 (-1.48%)
the close
Dow Jones 24,474 (-0.41%)
S&P 500 2,948 (-0.78%)
NASDAQ 9,284 (-0.97%)
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 0.14
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.217
GBP/EUR 1.115
Gold $1,736 +0.55%
Brent $34.12 (-4.93%)
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