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Monday,06 July 2020 at 07:32

U.K. and European markets opened higher as investors focused on the prospect of economic recovery and progress on potential coronavirus drugs, shrugging off concerns about a further acceleration of the pandemic. 


Stocks in Asia Pacific were higher with shares in mainland China leading regional gains. 

Oil prices offered up a mixed market, with Brent crude edging higher, supported by tighter supplies, while U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate futures dropped on concern that a spike in coronavirus cases could curb oil demand in the United States. 

Gold prices edged higher on worries over a surge in coronavirus infections in the United States. 

In corporate news, housebuilder Barratt Developments said its current forward order book was strong with sales ahead of the same time last year as it emerged from the coronavirus lockdown that closed all its sites. 

Lloyds Banking Group said chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio planned to leave the bank in a year’s time as it announced that Robin Budenberg would take over as chairman in early 2021.

Markets
08:22
FTSE 100 6,297 +2.28%
FTSE 250 17,572 +1.56%
DAX 12,770 +1.94%
the close Thursday 02.07.2020
Dow Jones 25,827 +0.36%
S&P 500 3,130 +0.45%
NASDAQ 10,207 +0.52%
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 0.19
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.248
GBP/EUR 1.105
Commodities
Gold $1,776 +1.21%
Brent $43.63 +3.22%
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