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open: Stocks gain on China stimulus hopes

UK equities climbed on Monday as investors shrugged
off another negative session in Asia.
Chinese stocks declined as oil prices continued to fall and a report over the
weekend showed producer prices remained in deflation.

“While China’s Yuan currency was fixed slightly firmer, note Saturday’s
Chinese inflation data which saw consumer price inflation edge up as expected
to 1.6% but producer prices remain under pressure and fail to deliver the
uptick expected by consensus,” according to Mike van Dulken and Augustin
Eden at Accendo Markets.

“This data will only add to hopes of more intervention by the People’s
Bank of China to both buoy the equity markets as well as the flagging growth
that is concerning investors worldwide.”

At 0902 GMT Brent crude fell 2.2% to $32.80 per barrel while West Texas
Intermediate dipped 2.06% to $32.49 per barrel amid tensions in the Middle East
and concerns of an oversupply in the market.

Still to come, a report from Sentix on Eurozone investor confidence is due at
0930 GMT, the US labour market conditions index is released at 1500 GMT while
Federal Reserve policymaker Robert Kaplan speaks after the close.

Company-wise, Taylor
gained after saying 2015 was a year of steady growth,
and has indicated it is starting the new year with a strong order book. Total
home completions in the UK for the year to 31 December 2015 increased by 7% to
13,341, including 2,509 affordable homes, according to a trading statement.

jumped after the real estate firm said underlying full year results for the
full year will be ahead of previous expectations boosted by its investment
management business although it warned that global economic uncertainty and
rising interest rates would result in a “tempering” of transaction

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