A worker shelters from the rain under a Union Flag umbrella as he passes the London Stock Exchange in London. Reuters/File
Stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic rose on Friday, hailing US jobs data that confounded expectations, showing the lowest unemployment rate in half a century.
Stock markets rose on Tuesday to new six-month highs after reassuring data about the health of China›s economy and economic sentiment in Germany helped investors brush aside disappointing bank earnings. The latest leg higher in a three-month long global rally comes as a degree of calm has descended across financial markets,
LONDON: London Stock Exchange (LSE), on Thursday welcomed the UAE-based Finablr, a global payments and foreign exchange company, to open its London’s markets for trading and to celebrate the listing of the company’s shares on the Premium Segment of the Main Market of London Stock Exchange.
The blue-chip FTSE 100 was down 0.1%, The mid-cap FTSE 250 dipped 0.3%, with losses in industrial, energy and tech-related stocks.
US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures slipped 17 cents, or 0.41%, to $41.78 a barrel by 0651 GMT, while Brent crude fell 17 cents, or 0.38%, to $44.92. Both contracts had traded higher earlier in the day.
Global equity markets slipped and bond yields fell on Thursday as investors awaited an agreement on a US aid package to mitigate the fallout from the coronavirus crisis, with poor corporate earnings reports also weighing on European shares.