Europe opens lower as Trump tests positive for COVID-19

Friday, 02. October 2020 09:03

Major European markets opened lower after United States President Trump confirmed he tested positive on COVID-19. Meanwhile, European countries are experiencing a new rise in coronavirus numbers. France registered a steady increase in the last weeks and the country's Health Minister Olivier Veran said Paris could be put on maximum virus alert. In Spain, Italy, Germany and Russia, coronavirus numbers are on the rise as well.

The FTSE 100 lost 0.72% at the opening bell as Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC shares dipped 3.38% at 9:04 am CET. The CAC 40 decreased by 1.19% a minute later with Airbus SE slipping 2.47%. The DAX fell 1.41% at 9:02 am CET as Linde plc stocks sank 2.46% at 9:03 am CET.

The euro traded 0.11% in the red compared to the dollar, changing hands for 1.17358 at 8:57 am CET. The pound was 0.12% down at the same time against the greenback, going for 1.28757.

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