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And EU prepares for post-Brexit membership for united Ireland raising fears over fragmentation of UK.
Heavyweights Amazon and Alphabet jumped more than 4% each after the bell, following stellar earnings.
Lloyds Banking Group has defied Brexit fears on the economy with first quarter pre-tax profits nearly doubling despite having to set aside more compensation for customers.
Fears over Trump tax plan weigh on FTSE 100 but lenders and house builders rise on strong results, while Mediclinic soars.
United Technologies rose 1.1% and provided the biggest boost to the Dow industrials after reporting a quarterly profit.
And Deutsche Bank has warned that up to 4,000 UK jobs could be moved to Frankfurt and other locations in the EU as a result of Brexit.
Our daily roundup of analyst commentary on shares, also including GKN and BGEO.
Markets pause for breath after French election rally, with US president Donald Trump's plans for tax cuts eyed.
Goverment data shows 176,000 savers took money from retirement savings under pension freedom reforms in the first three months of the year.
Conservatives debate whether to follow Labour and commit to maintaining expensive 'triple lock' promise protecting state pension.
Royal London Asset Management says bumping founder chief executive Aidan Heavey upstairs as chairman breaks corporate governance rules.
Our daily roundup of analyst commentary on shares, also including CityFibre and Gemfields.
And UK's deficit slashed to level last seen before the financial crisis.
The Dow Jones rises 232 points as strong earnings underscored the health of Corporate America.
Former pensions minister says cut to amount savers are allowed to put back into pensions after taking benefits could now be delayed for a year.
Restaurant and pub group and carpet retailer warn over trading conditions, adding to fears over UK consumer confidence.