Global shares grind higher despite rising bond yields, weak data

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Sat, 2021-02-20 02:19

LONDON: Global shares edged up on Friday, reversing three days of losses, as investors clung to hopes of economic recovery ahead, while German and British 10-year bond yields touched multi-month highs, spurred by bets of reflation in the US.

The pan European index was up 0.2 percent but still set for its first weekly loss in February, as investors took solace in factory activity in February jumping to its highest in three years even as the data also showed continued pain for the bloc’s dominant service industry from measures to contain the coronavirus.

Bitcoin hit a record high of $52,932 on Friday. Brent crude fell 1.6 percent to at $62.94 a barrel. US crude futures slipped 2.1 percent to $59.27 a barrel. (AFP)
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