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By Steve Goldstein, MarketWatch


Reuters
A British Airways Embraer ERJ-170STD aircraft lands next to a EasyJet plane ready for take off at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland, on September 26, 2017.

U.K. stocks joined a global rally on Monday, as the chairman of the Federal Reserve said the U.S. central bank still had tools to fight the economic crisis and as data showed new virus cases growing at the slowest rate in months.

Metals producers and travel stocks led the way. Silver miner Fresnillo /zigman2/quotes/201300065/delayed UK:FRES -3.15%  surged as silver futures /zigman2/quotes/210315219/delayed SI00 -0.65%  rose over 4%.

Low-cost carrier easyJet /zigman2/quotes/202825892/delayed UK:EZJ -4.85%  and British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines Group /zigman2/quotes/208070069/delayed UK:IAG -5.69%  each rallied over 7%. Rival Ryanair /zigman2/quotes/202851567/delayed UK:RYA -4.19%  forecast a loss and said it would cut 3,000 staff jobs.

Crude-oil futures /zigman2/quotes/211629951/delayed CL.1 +3.84%  rallied as data showed fewer rigs in operation, giving a lift to oil giants BP /zigman2/quotes/202286639/delayed UK:BP +1.82%  and Royal Dutch Shell /zigman2/quotes/206428183/delayed UK:RDSA +1.68% .

The FTSE 100 /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX -0.31%  rose 2.4% in midday trade, with 90 components advancing.

The strong gains in the FTSE 100 were matched in other major European markets. Read Europe Markets.

/zigman2/quotes/201300065/delayed
UK : U.K.: London
886.20 p
-28.80 -3.15%
Volume: 1.90M
March 5, 2021 4:35p
P/E Ratio
22.65
Dividend Yield
2.11%
Market Cap
£6.74 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/210315219/delayed
US : U.S.: Nymex
$ 25.30
-0.17 -0.65%
Volume: 78,031
March 5, 2021 4:59p
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/zigman2/quotes/202825892/delayed
UK : U.K.: London
975.80 p
-49.70 -4.85%
Volume: 3.24M
March 5, 2021 4:35p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
£4.66 billion
Rev. per Employee
£214,929
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/zigman2/quotes/208070069/delayed
UK : U.K.: London
203.90 p
-12.30 -5.69%
Volume: 41.99M
March 5, 2021 4:35p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
£10.75 billion
Rev. per Employee
£120,743
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/zigman2/quotes/202851567/delayed
UK : U.K.: London
15.77
-0.69 -4.19%
Volume: 293,217
March 5, 2021 4:35p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
€18.81 billion
Rev. per Employee
€491,939
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/zigman2/quotes/211629951/delayed
US : U.S.: Nymex
$ 66.28
+2.45 +3.84%
Volume: 544,287
March 5, 2021 4:59p
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/zigman2/quotes/202286639/delayed
UK : U.K.: London
318.80 p
+5.70 +1.82%
Volume: 74.81M
March 5, 2021 4:35p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
4.77%
Market Cap
£63.20 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/206428183/delayed
UK : U.K.: London
£ 1,548.40
+25.60 +1.68%
Volume: 9.02M
March 5, 2021 4:35p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.03%
Market Cap
£116.45 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed
UK : FTSE UK
6,630.52
-20.36 -0.31%
Volume: 997,627
March 5, 2021 4:59p
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Steve Goldstein is MarketWatch markets editor for Europe. Follow him on Twitter: @MKTWgoldstein.

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