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Banks and oil companies weigh on FTSE 100 as investors pause ahead of U.S. holiday

Stocks in London fall, keeping in step with losses for global markets, with major oil companies and bank stocks leading the way lower. And U.K. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced spending plans to help the country tackle economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. 1:58 p.m. Nov. 25, 2020

U.K. consumer confidence falls in november

Consumer confidence in the U.K. decreased for the second consecutive month in November, driven by a sharp deterioration of Britons' outlook for their personal finances amid a second lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19. 7:17 p.m. Nov. 19, 2020

Afghanistan's Kabul University Attack: Islamic State Claims Responsibility

Gunmen killed 19 people and wounded 22 others at Kabul University on Monday. Islamic State’s local affiliate claimed responsibility for the attack, which caused thousands of students to flee campus. Photo: Omar Sobhani/Reuters video content 3:22 p.m. Nov. 2, 2020

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U.K. consumer confidence sinks in October

Consumer sentiment in the U.K. tumbled in October, erasing gains from the last four months, amid the rise of coronavirus infections across the country and renewed restrictions to contain them, data published Friday showed.

7:39 p.m. Oct. 22, 2020
ESG Funds Are Under Scrutiny. Here’s Why

Investors propelled ESG funds to new heights in 2020, and federal agencies are watching. WSJ explains why regulators have ethical and sustainable investment funds under review. Photo Illustration: Alex Kuzoian video content

7:00 a.m. Oct. 16, 2020
10-year German bond yield slides to mid-March low on coronavirus concerns

The benchmark 10-year yield for the German government bond, or bund, is down to its lowest level in around 7 months amid concerns the re-acceleration of COVID-19 infections in Europe are prompting eurozone government officials to institute lockdowns measures to curb the spread of the disease. The 10-year German bond yield was down 5.4 basis points to negative 0.631%, its lowest since March 13. Bond prices move inversely to yields. The German government bond is considered a proxy for the broader eurozone debt market. Paris and London have introduced some restrictions on social activity in the past week.

8:35 a.m. Oct. 15, 2020
What China and Russia Could Reap From Covid-19 Vaccine Diplomacy

As wealthier countries buy up supplies of Western drugmakers’ Covid-19 vaccines that are still in development, China and Russia are offering their fast-tracked shots to poorer nations. Here’s what they're hoping to get in return. Illustration: Ksenia Shaikhutdinova video content

5:55 a.m. Oct. 14, 2020
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Merger talk drives up Spanish banks — a bright spot on a tough day for European equities

European stocks are struggling to hold onto gains after Thursday’s selloff driven by Wall Street. Financials were a bright spot as tie-up talk in Spain’s banking sector is driving gains.

10:19 a.m. Sept. 4, 2020
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London builders under pressure as regulators open inquiry into leasehold market

London stocks were headed for the third straight losing week on Friday, with strong gains for mining companies but losses for building companies amid news regulators will open an investigation into the treatment of leasehold homeowners.

9:36 a.m. Sept. 4, 2020
Why America's Jobs Recovery Is Different From Other Countries'

The U.S. unemployment rate shot up faster than in any other developed country during the pandemic. WSJ explains how differences in government aid and labor-market structures can help predict how and where jobs might recover. Video/Illustration: Jaden Urbi/WSJ video content

5:53 a.m. Sept. 4, 2020

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