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The AEX is up 0.7% at 667.8 points. The AMX records 0.6% gain on 995.4 points.

Stock markets elsewhere in Europe are also higher.

Investors today are looking forward to UK investment and tax plans to boost the UK economy. The British pound is down 0.2% to $ 1,935.

In Asia, the Japanese Nikkei, after losing Tuesday, closed 0.5% in the plus. Shanghai gains 1.8%, Hong Kong is up 2.3%. Tech companies are showing a feather. Cyclical companies such as steelmaker Nippon Steel and car manufacturer Nissan report profits of 6% and 3%.

Smartphone maker Samsung wants to build four chip factories in the United States for $ 17 billion, according to Reuters.

In Asia, the monthly figures according to the Caixin / Markit index of 51.5 points indicate a slightly slowing Chinese services sector. That is the lowest growth in ten months.

Optimism New York

In New York, futures before the stock market opens at half past three are 0.5% to 0.8% higher.

On Tuesday, the Dow Jones closed with a 0.4% loss. Technology stock market Nasdaq fell 1.7%, technology company Apple fell 2.1%. Car manufacturer Tesla fell 4.5%.

Federal Reserve executive Brainard said US central banks do not intend to cut back on economic support anytime soon. Brainard sees an upturn in the US economy, and also states that “he will keep a close eye on the developments in the bond markets”.

On Wednesday, the interest rate for the iconic 10-year US government bond will drop by a few basis points to 1.407%, from 1.6% last week.

Vaccinations

More vaccination news came through. In the Netherlands, anyone could have had a vaccine in June, according to Minister De Jonge (Public Health).

In the US, President Biden reports that a vaccine will be available for all adult Americans at the end of May. According to European Commissioner Thierry Breton, the European Union will increase the production capacity of corona vaccines to three billion doses per year by the end of 2021.

Euro weakened

The euro is down 0.2% at $ 1,209. Brent oil has become 0.5% more expensive to $ 62.90 a barrel towards this week’s meeting of oil cartel OPEC and partners like Russia.

Gold is down an additional 0.2% from an eight-month low at $ 1,730 per troyounce (31.1 grams). Cryptocurrency bitcoin is up 5% to $ 49,622.

Prosus leads

Tech investment fund is listed among the main funds Prosus 3.4% profit. Steelmaker ArcelorMittal wins 3% and oil and gas group Just Eat Takeaway increases 1.5%.

Biotech fund note at the bottom Galapagos (-1%), chip maker ASMI (-0.5%) and payment processor Adyen (-0.1%).

Industry leads the way with stainless steel makers among medium-sized funds Aperam (+ 1.9%) and Aalberts Industries (+ 1.6%).

Pharming reports quarterly after-market results and is trading with a 0.5% loss.

Construction company BAM (+ 2.6%) leads the small caps.

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