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Wednesday,27 May 2020 at 15:58

UK and European stocks closed higher, following the unveiling of a huge coronavirus recovery package from the EU.

The U.S. dollar edged higher as worries about the U.S. response to China’s proposed security law for Hong Kong injected a more cautious tone into foreign exchange markets.

Oil prices fell after U.S. President Donald Trump said he was working on a strong response to China’s proposed security law in Hong Kong.

Gold dropped to its lowest as hopes of quick economic recovery drove investors towards riskier assets, although U.S.-China tensions over Hong Kong put a floor under bullion prices.

In corporate news, Carnival and Whitbread were in the black amid optimism over the lifting of travel restrictions in countries such as Spain and Germany next month.

M&G rallied as it announced the acquisition of Royal London's digital wealth management platform for independent financial advisers and said it will pay dividends totalling £410m.

Markets
At the close
FTSE 100 6,144 +1.26%
FTSE 250 17,143 +1.24%
DAX 11,655 +1.31%
At 16:45
Dow Jones 25,180 +0.74%
S&P 500 2,990 (-0.04%)
NASDAQ 9,221 (-1.27%)
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 0.19
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.222
GBP/EUR 1.114
Commodities
Gold $1,701 (-0.52%)
Brent $34.50 (-4.22%)
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