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Tuesday,30 March 2021 at 16:07

UK and European stocks advanced following a recovery from market jitters in the U.S. late last week.

The dollar gained as accelerating U.S. vaccinations and plans for a major stimulus package stoked inflation expectations and Treasury yields.

Oil prices fell as the Suez Canal opened up after days closed by a grounded supercarrier and focus turned to an OPEC+ meeting this week.

Gold prices slid as the U.S. dollar climbed on the back of higher Treasury yields and as expectations that speedy vaccinations would improve the economic outlook.

In corporate news, Imperial Brands was on the back foot even after it backed its full-year guidance and hailed a good start to the year, with market share growth in its five priority markets.

Banks were among the top gainers, with Barclays and HSBC both higher.

Markets
At the close
FTSE 100 6,772 +0.53%
FTSE 250 21,574 +0.65%
DAX 15,008 +1.29%
At 17:00
Dow Jones 33,071 (-0.30%)
S&P 500 3,958 (-0.32%)
NASDAQ 13,056 (-0.02%)
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 0.829
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.372
GBP/EUR 1.170
Commodities
Gold $1,686 (-1.47%)
Brent $64.18 (-1.47%)
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