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FTSE 100 dives 3pc as new Covid variant rattles markets

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Good morning. 

Some fairly grim looking through to kick off your Friday, I’m fearful, as news of the new Covid tremendous-variant sends shockwaves as a result of marketplaces.

Even though not a lot is acknowledged about the B.one.1529 variant – very first identified in South Africa – warnings that it is really the most perilous mutation at any time noticed have been ample to spook traders.

As very well as the sharp fall in Asian shares, US futures slumped and crude oil dropped floor. US Treasuries and the yen have both equally pushed better, when the South African rand dropped to its cheapest stage in a calendar year.

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5) Electricity watchdog faces ‘serious questions’ in excess of string of provider collapses  Two additional vitality companies stopped trading on Thursday, affecting another 70,000 households

What happened overnight 

Shares fell and headed for their largest weekly fall in almost two months on Friday, when secure haven assets this sort of as bonds and the yen rallied as a new virus variant extra to swirling concerns about foreseeable future progress and better US desire premiums.

South Africa’s rand fell 1pc in early trade, as did US.crude futures. S&P five hundred futures fell .4pc, when the threat-sensitive Australian and New Zealand bucks dropped to three-month lows.

Japan’s Nikkei was down one.7pc in early trade and Australian shares fell .6pc. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares exterior Japan was down .two% for a weekly drop of 1pc.

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