In the news
- Joe Biden accepts Democratic presidential nomination
- UK government debt hits £2tn for first time
- Steve Bannon charged with fraud over border wall fundraiser
- Uber and Lyft win reprieve to keep operating in California
- Opposition MPs and campaigners will today pile pressure on the government to perform a second U-turn this week and extend the eviction ban for renters.
- Chief U.K. Brexit negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier will today wrap up the latest round of Brexit talks in Brussels.
- Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will launch a new “acceleration unit” tasked with speeding up the building of road and rail projects to avoid HS2-style nightmares.
Stock market moves
- In Europe, the FTSE 100 opened up 0.17% and the STOXX 600 opened up 0.56%.
- In Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng led the region with gains of 1.3% while China’s CSI 300 index of Shanghai- and Shenzhen-listed stocks rose 0.8%. Japan’s benchmark Topix index was 0.3%
- The S&P 500 benchmark ended the day up 0.3%.
- Futures markets as of 8:15BST show US stocks on track for a slight rise at the open on Wall Street.