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The FTSE 100 is called to open 44 points higher at 7426. Asian stocks and U.S. and European equity futures recouped some of Tuesday’s losses after signs that China may be planning to offer more support to its economy, reeling from the virus-induced slowdown. Equity benchmarks rose in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney, while Shanghai dipped from the highest level in about four weeks. China’s latest moves to aid growth include possible bail- outs for some airlines, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. The yen dipped. Treasuries held gains, and the yuan continued to trade weaker than 7 per dollar, pointing to some enduring concerns about the coronavirus impact. Wall Street closed slightly lower; Apple Inc. ended off of its lows after its sales warning had triggered Asia’s sell off yesterday. Brent crude was set for the longest run of gains in more than a year as U.S. sanctions on Russia’s largest producer and conflict in Libya shifted the focus to supply threats from virus-driven demand concerns.
Coronavirus, Sajid Javid's resignation and earnings results from RBS and Barclays - a busy week for the Markets Uncut team. Join Sebastian Scott, Richard Carter and Will Howlett to hear more about the latest investor news.
In this week’s Diary the focus remains on the economic consequences of the coronavirus, what the authorities are doing and the impact on business. Also, an instant reaction to the appointment of the new Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Although stock markets started 2020 in a euphoric mood with Phase 1 of the US-China trade deal and signs of economic stability in the eurozone and China boosting the outlook for global growth, any improvement is now likely to be delayed by coronavirus. Given the timing during China’s Lunar New Year holiday and the behavioural response, some planned consumption – particularly travel and tourism – may not be recovered. While other epidemics had no lasting impact on financial markets, a period of uncertainty seems inevitable in the short term.
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