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Thursday,28 May 2020 at 07:28

U.K. and European stocks opened higher against a backdrop of rising tensions between the U.S. and China. 


Stocks in Asia Pacific were mixed as mounting U.S.-China tensions weighed on investor sentiment. 

Oil prices slid as U.S. industry data showed a steep and surprising build-up in crude stockpiles. 

Gold edged up as the rift between Washington and Beijing over Hong Kong escalated. 

In corporate news, easyJet plans to cut about 4,500 jobs, or 30% of its workforce, as the airline prepares to restart flying with a smaller fleet and reduced demand due to the Covid-19 crisis. 

Bus operator Stagecoach said it expected full year adjusted earnings per share of between 12.5p - 14p as it reported an increase in available liquidity to deal with the coronavirus impact.

Markets
08:15
FTSE 100 6,169 +0.40%
FTSE 250 17,219 +0.44%
DAX 11,739 +0.70%
the close
Dow Jones 25,548 +2.21%
S&P 500 3,036 +1.48%
NASDAQ 9,412 +0.77%
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 0.19
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.227
GBP/EUR 1.114
Commodities
Gold $1,721 +0.71%
Brent $33.88 (-1.02%)
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