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Thursday,09 July 2020 at 07:32

The U.K. FTSE 100 opened flat and other European markets were higher as investor focus swings to the potential economic recovery and earnings season gets underway. 

Shares in Asia Pacific were higher as Chinese inflation data for June was released. 

The U.S. dollar was close to a three-week low versus Sterling. Sterling held steady against the Euro. 

Oil prices drifted lower as concerns about renewed COVID-19 lockdowns in the United States outweighed signs of a recovery in U.S. gasoline demand. 

Gold held steady above the key $1,800/oz level as worries over mounting COVID-19 cases offset hopes of a swift global economic recovery. 

In corporate news, Rolls-Royce said its free cash outflow was £3bn in the first half of 2020 as widebody engine flying hours halved because of the "historic shock" to civil aviation caused by the Covid-19 crisis. 

Housebuilder Vistry said improving demand as the coronavirus lockdown eased would help to restore gross margin in the second half of the year.

FTSE 100 6,154 (-0.02%)
FTSE 250 17,260 +0.44%
DAX 12,614 +0.95%
the close
Dow Jones 26,067 +0.68%
S&P 500 3,169 +0.78%
NASDAQ 10,492 +1.44%
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 0.18
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.265
GBP/EUR 1.114
Gold $1,813 +0.28%
Brent $43.16 (-0.42%)
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