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Wednesday,21 July 2021 at 16:09

UK and European markets closed higher, bouncing back after the surprise rout earlier in the week caused by concerns regarding rising cases of the Delta variant.

U.S. stocks opened higher as strong earnings provided a ballast to beaten-down markets.

Oil prices rose, extending gains from the previous session.

Gold prices eased as a stronger dollar and rebound in U.S. Treasury yields contended with the metal’s safe-haven status.

In corporate news, Next surged to the top of the index after it lifted full-year profits guidance after a sales rebound in the second quarter.

Stocks with particular exposure to Covid-related restrictions rose, with Rolls-Royce, IAG and Whitbread all up. 

Markets
At the close
FTSE 100 6,998 +1.70%
FTSE 250 22,541 +1.91%
DAX 15,422 +1.36%
At 17:00
Dow Jones 34,762 +0.73%
S&P 500 4,350 +0.62%
NASDAQ 14,566 +0.47%
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 0.606
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.369
GBP/EUR 1.160
Commodities
Gold $1,804 (-0.28%)
Brent $72.22 +5.32%
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