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Thursday,01 April 2021 at 07:58

U.K. and European stocks opened higher ahead of a raft of data releases from the region. 


Shares in the Asia-Pacific region were higher as the second quarter kicked off with several economic data releases out across the region. 

Crude priced higher on expectations that a meeting of OPEC and its allies would yield output constraint in the face of resurgent COVID-19 infections in some regions. 

Gold prices edged higher as expectations of a $2 trillion-plus stimulus plan in the United States raised concerns of inflation, while reports of a new vaccine-resistant virus strain also supported bullion’s safe-haven appeal. 

In corporate news, clothing retailer Next lifted current year profits guidance as online sales continued to soar during the Covid lockdown, despite reporting a slump in annual profits, although in line with expectations. 

3i Infrastructure has agreed to invest €182m (£155.03m) to acquire a 60% stake in DNS:NET, and to provide additional funding for the future growth of the business.

Markets
At 08:26
FTSE 100 6,740 +0.40%
FTSE 250 21,628 +0.51%
DAX 15,041 +0.22%
At the close
Dow Jones 32,981 (-0.26%)
S&P 500 3,972 +0.36%
NASDAQ 13,246 +1.54%
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 0.852
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.377
GBP/EUR 1.172
Commodities
Gold $1,718 +0.62%
Brent $63.46 +0.76%
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