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Thursday,25 November 2021 at 08:36

UK and European stocks opened higher as investors continue to monitor the Covid crisis in the region and political developments in Germany.

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed as investors reacted to the Bank of Korea’s rate decision.

Oil prices ticked lower with investors waiting to see how major producers respond to the emergency crude release by major consuming countries designed to cool the market, even as data pointed to healthy U.S. fuel demand.

Gold prices edged up as the dollar eased slightly, but comments from U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers suggesting the central bank could accelerate stimulus tapering weighed on the metal and kept it well below the key $1,800 mark.

In corporate news, Hochschild Mining said it welcomed the Peruvian government’s u-turn on a decision to close the company’s mines if legal requirements were met.

Mitchells & Butlers said it returned to profit after Covid-19 restrictions were lifted but the pub operator warned that rising energy costs and wages would affect its results in the current year. 

Markets
At 08:30
FTSE 100 7,293 +0.10%
FTSE 250 23,244 +0.33%
DAX 15,943 +0.41%
At the close
Dow Jones 35,804 (-0.03%)
S&P 500 4,701 +0.23%
NASDAQ 15,845 +0.44%
Fixed Income
UK 10-YR YIELD 1.002
Exchange Rates
GBP/USD 1.334
GBP/EUR 1.189
Commodities
Gold $1,795 +0.37%
Brent $82.33 +0.16%
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