The focus over the coming week will be on a batch of economic reports, including some of the first hard data, from across Europe and the US, which is expected to reflect the initial blow from the coronavirus epidemic.
Stocks on Wall Street fell sharply at the end of the week as Congressmen failed to agree on a fiscal stimulus package against the coronavirus pandemic.
The Sunday Times's 'Inside the City column' believes that the downdraft in Barratt Developments's shares is overdone.
Boris Johnson has said he is prepared to bring in a full lockdown to tackle coronavirus including "restrictions on people’s movements" if they do not act “responsibly” and follow social distancing guidelines. The prime minister raised concerns that people are ignoring the public health guidance after huge numbers flocked to parks, beaches and markets. - Sunday Times.
Britain's financial watchdog has asked companies due to release preliminary financial statements in the next few days to delay publication due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus.