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The number of new Covid-19 infections and of fatalities continued to fall back at the start of the week.
Stocks on the Continent finished mostly higher at the start of the week, helped by news of slower rates of increase in the number of fatalities and infections in Italy and Spain and a positive start to the trading day on Wall Street.
Hammerson cratered after the shopping centre owner pulled its final dividend and guidance as government lockdowns forced many of its tenants to shutter their stores, leaving the company with a nearly two-thirds decline in quarterly rents.
Defensives lent their weight to Monday's move to the upside, even as investor sentiment was buoyed by Wall Street's ability seeming ability to avoid its now customary stumble at the start of the week.
Stocks on the Continent were trading on a mixed note at the start of the week, helped by news of slower rates of fatalities and infections in Italy and Spain and a positive start to the trading day on Wall Street.
The Sunday Times's Sabah Meddings recommends buying shares of Synairgen arguing that the Covid-19 pandemic may have given the firm a new lease on life.
"Life in Britain will not return to normal for six months, England’s deputy chief medical officer has warned, as ministers begin preparing the public for an extended period of lockdown. At the government’s daily press conference, Jenny Harries said that strict social distancing rules may have to be in place for between two and three months. But she added that it would be a further three months before all restrictions were lifted, and even then there were likely to be “bumps” as new clusters of cases of coronavirus were identified.
The focus over the next week will be on the release of US jobs data and the ongoing debate around the euro area's health and economic response to the coronavirus pandemic.
US stocks finished lower at the end of the week even after the US House of Representative voted in favour of an approximately $2. 0trn economic relief package following a late bout of selling.
Stocks on the Continent finished sharply lower as a falling out between European Union leaders over whether to issue common debt in order to raise funds to see through the Covid-19 pandemic sapped dragged on investor confidence.
US stocks got off to a lower start on Friday amid reports that some lawmakers in the House of Representatives might try to stop the economic relief package approved by the Senate the day before.
Industrial company profits in China plummeted at their quickest pace since 2010 as the coronavirus pandemic forced authorities into a country-wide lockdown at one point.
Stocks on the Continent are sharply lower following a falling out between European Union leaders over whether to issue common debt in order to raise funds to see through the Covid-19 pandemic.
US equity futures are pointing to a slightly lower start to the trading on Friday, as investors monitor the headlines around Covid-19 and try to anticipate the next stage for both the pandemic and the global economy.
Stocks on the Continent are moving lower amid a falling out between European Union leaders over whether to issue common debt in order to raise funds to see through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Shares on Wall Street finished higher for a third consecutive session after the head of the country's central bank assured investors that more could be done if needed to help the economy through the fallout of the coronavirus epidemic.
The focus in financial markets at the end of the week will be on a raft on consumer confidence surveys due out in the US as well as on the Continent.
Stocks across the Continent added to the previous day's gains after the head of the US central bank reassured investors that we "will not run out of ammunition".
Rate-setters at the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street warned on Thursday that a "sharp" contraction in economic activity around the globe was likely, alongside a "rapid" rise in unemployment across many economies.
Shares on Wall Street are being called to start the session slightly lower following the release of jobless claims figure that brought the worsening conditions in the US economy and jobs market into stark relief.