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28 Feb
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London close: Stocks end week with deep losses as investors look to weekend

London stocks finished well below the waterline to round off a week of heavy losses on Friday, as investors remained wary of what news headlines the weekend could bring, amid concern that a coronavirus-fuelled global economic recession might be on the cards.

27 Feb
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London close: Selloff reignites as coronavirus sparks growth concerns

London stocks were hammered as the epicentre of new Chinese coronavirus cases shifted to the Continent and after the government published its mandate for trade talks with the European Union which did not exclude the possibility of leaving the bloc without a deal having been struck.

26 Feb
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London close: Bargain hunters bring indices off lows, but AIM stocks left out

Stocks finished on a mixed note on Wednesday, with bargain hunters stepping in even as health officials around the globe sounded the alarm over the near-pandemic status of the ongoing outbreak of the new China coronavirus.

25 Feb
London close: Stocks extend losses as strategists balk at 'buying the dip'

London stocks finished lower again on Tuesday, as investors continued to digest the latest developments around the spreading global outbreak of the Covid-19 strain of coronavirus.

24 Feb
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London close: Stocks hit as virus cases rise in Italy and South Korea

London stocks took a beating on Monday, with the top-flight index down more than 3% as global markets were roiled by growing concerns that the COVID-19 coronavirus might be set to spread into Europe.

21 Feb
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London close: Stocks dip as economic data reveals hit from coronavirus

Stocks finished the week on a down note following another bout of selling on Wall Street late in the London session after a closely watched survey of economic conditions in the States fell sharply, pointing to a drop in activity for just the second time since the Great Financial Crisis.

20 Feb
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London close: Stocks finish slightly weaker amid coronavirus fears

London’s benchmark finished just below the waterline after a choppy session on Thursday, as worries about the coronavirus crept in, although there was some good news in the form of stronger-than-expected retail sales figures.

19 Feb
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London close: Stocks snap higher as coronavirus cases continue to slow

London stocks were firmly in the green on Wednesday as concerns about the coronavirus eased and as investors mulled news that UK inflation hit a six-month high in January.

18 Feb
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London close: Stocks slip after Apple warns of coronavirus impact

London stocks fell further into the red on Tuesday, as a revenue warning from tech giant Apple sparked concerns about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and the pound strengthened.

17 Feb
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London close: Stocks edge higher as China moves to buttress economy

London stocks finished slightly higher on Monday as investors welcomed signs that Chinese authorities are prepared to boost stimulus measures to support the virus-hit economy.

14 Feb
London close: RBS drags Footsie lower

Not even a dip in sterling was able to offset the drag from RBS's share price drop on the top flight index, but the FTSE 250 fared considerably better, likely in anticipation of fiscal largesse at the next budget on 11 March.

13 Feb
London close: Stocks close lower on coronavirus fears, Cabinet reshuffle

London stocks finished in negative territory on Thursday amid renewed concerns about the coronavirus, and as investors also digested a Cabinet reshuffle.

12 Feb
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London close: Stocks finish higher amid tentative signs of slowing virus

Stocks in London finished Wednesday’s session above the waterline, with miners pacing the advance as investors took comfort from signs that the coronavirus spread may be slowing.

11 Feb
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London close: Footsie climbs on hopes coronavirus 'exaggerated' and slowing

London stocks rose on Tuesday, boosted by hopes that the outbreak of the new China coronavirus might be slowing further and alongside record highs for the Dow Jones Industrials and S&P 500, together with the benchmark German stockmarket index, the Dax.

10 Feb
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London close: Coronavirus worries drag on sentiment

London stocks were a little weaker on Monday amid ongoing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, as the UK declared it a "serious and imminent threat" to the public and health secretary Matt Hancock declared Wuhan and Hubei province in China an "infected area".

07 Feb
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London close: Stocks dip as raft of corporates warns of coronavirus impact

London stocks broke a four day winning streakas investors continued to consider the impact of the coronavirus and opted to play it safe heading into the weekend.

06 Feb
London close: Stocks finish higher as China confirms US tariff cut

London stocks remained off their earlier highs, but were still in the green at the close on Thursday, with sentiment underpinned by China’s plans to cut tariffs on $75bn of US goods.

05 Feb
London close: Stocks end higher amid hopes for coronavirus vaccine

London stocks finished higher on Wednesday as traders weighed up reports of a breakthrough in developing a vaccine for the new coronavirus against the cold truth that, at least for the moment, there was no known treatment for the potentially fatal illness.

04 Feb
London close: Stocks rally as investors put coronavirus worries to one side

London stocks rallied on Tuesday as BP gained on the back of well-received results, while miners also put in a strong performance.

03 Feb
London close: Stocks start February higher with focus on next phase of trade talks

London stocks started the month of February on the front foot, but only modestly, as sterling tumbled amid worries about a hard Brexit.