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Wednesday,08 July 2020 at 07:56

U.K. and European markets opened lower as surging coronavirus cases in parts of the world continue to cast doubt over the prospect of a global economic recovery. 

Stocks in Asia Pacific traded mixed as concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic continue to linger. 

Oil prices eased as industry data showing a build in U.S. crude stockpiles and a forecast for U.S. crude output to fall less than anticipated in 2020 added to worries about oversupply. 

Gold steadied as worries over surging COVID-19 cases and hopes of more stimulus measures from the U.S. Federal Reserve lifted demand for the safe-haven metal. 

In corporate news, bus and rail operator FirstGroup swung to a full-year loss as coronavirus lockdowns in the U.K. and U.S. hit operations. 

Segro said it had collected 93% of £37m in U.K. rent due for the third quarter after deferring payments on £9m.

FTSE 100 6,166 (-0.38%)
FTSE 250 17,246 (-0.60%)
DAX 12,543 (-0.58%)
the close
Dow Jones 25,890 (-1.51%)
S&P 500 3,145 (-1.08%)
NASDAQ 10,343 (-0.86%)
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 0.16
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.256
GBP/EUR 1.112
Gold $1,794 +0.01%
Brent $42.88 (-0.28%)
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