FTSE 100 hits nine-month high amid vaccine and stimulus hopes and Opec deal – business live


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After a rough year, Britain’s FTSE 100 is ending 2020 on the front foot.

“The bottom line is, this is right in the range of reason. It’s not a perfect bill, but it is a compromise bill that can bring people together.”

News that Pfizer has cut its rollout target for the covid vaccine by half, owing to supply chain obstacles has knocked risk sentiment. Vaccine optimism put the markets on a stellar run across November as investors priced in the end of the pandemic and a return to pre-pandemic growth, regardless of the dire few months expected before the vaccine becomes widely available. Then news from Pfizer means that it could now take longer to reach the end of the pandemic tunnel, but with other vaccines also coming, this is more of a setback rather than risk reset news.

However, optimism surrounding a large US economic stimulus package is helping lift US futures after the close. A $908 billion rescue package in the world’s largest economy now appears within reach, offering support to the global risk sentiment picture, off-setting some vaccine disappointment

Primary Dealer #NFPGuesses
SocGen 735K
MS 630K
Citi 600K
Barx 550K
Mizuho 550K
UBS 505K
BMO 500K
Daiwa 500K
Deutsche 500K
GS 450K
Wells Fargo 425K
BNP 400K
CS 400K
Scotia 400K
NatWest 375K
RBC 375K
JPM 350K
Jefferies 340K
Nomura 320K
TD 200K
BoA 150K
Median 412.5K

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