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Tuesday,12 September 2023 at 07:25

UK & European stocks edged up at the open following a solid session on Wall Street, as investors mulled the latest UK jobs data.

Asia-Pacific markets mostly fell, after Wall Street saw a tech rally led by Tesla and Qualcomm.

Brent crude futures hovered just above $90 a barrel, as investors awaited a slew of macroeconomic data due later this week that could indicate whether Europe and the U.S. continue to hike interest rates.

Gold prices settled into a holding pattern as investors awaited U.S. inflation figures that could provide an updated view on interest rates after the Federal Reserve kept the door open for further policy tightening.

In corporate news, Associated British Foods lifted annual guidance again, boosted by recovery at its Primark retail chain and strong performance from food operations.

AB Foods said it now expected full-year adjusted operating profit to be "slightly better" than previous guidance, when it said earnings would be "moderately ahead" of 2021/22's £1.43bn.

Primark like-for-like sales growth for the financial year is now tipped to be around 9%, with like-for-like sales likely to be around 7% in the second half. For the financial year as a whole, sales are forecast to be around 15% ahead year on year, it added. 

FTSE 100 7,515 +0.25%
FTSE 250 18,529 +0.04%
DAX 15,803 +0.01%
the close
Dow Jones 34,663 +0.25%
S&P 500 4,487 +0.67%
NASDAQ 13,917 +1.14%
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 4.475
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.249
GBP/EUR 1.165
Gold $1,919 (-0.13%)
Brent $90.79 +0.22%
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