Shares in Tui leapt by more than 52.4 percent at the close of trading on Tuesday as Spain signalled hope for holidaymakers following months of global shutdowns to fight COVID-19. British Airways owner IAG rocketed by 22.5 percent and easyJet rose by 19 percent. While Ryanair increased by nearly 12 percent after it said it would ramp up flights by 40 percent of its normal schedule from July 1.
It comes after the Spanish government revealed on Monday that its requirement for overseas visitors to go into quarantine for 14 days will be lifted from July 1.
This followed announcements by other popular tourist destinations that coronavirus restrictions will be eased in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Asian shares slipped on Wednesday as investor concerns about rising tensions between the United States and China tempered optimism about a re-opening of the world economy.
US President Donald Trump said late on Tuesday he is preparing to take action against China this week over its effort to impose national security laws on Hong Kong, but gave no further details. Hong Kong shares led declines among major regional indexes, with Hang Seng falling 0.46 percent, though it kept a bit of distance from a two-month low touched on Monday. MSCI’s ex-Japan Asia-Pacific index lost 0.12 percent, with mainland Chinese shares down a similar amount. Japan’s Nikkei was almost flat.
FTSE 100 LIVE: Asian shares slipped amid tensions between China and US
Worsening relations between the world’s two biggest economies could further hobble global business activity, which is already under intense pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 rose 0.4 percent, reclaiming the 3,000 chart level. The index had cleared 3,000 points in Wall Street overnight before pulling back, as some traders returned to the New York Stock Exchange floor for the first time in two months.
“The S&P 500 looked to be set to close above 3,000 until the late headline that the United States was considering a range of sanctions on Chinese officials and businesses should China go ahead with its legislation regarding Hong Kong,” analysts at the National Australia Bank said in a note.
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The FTSE 100 has been battered by the coronavirus crisis
8.51am update: London stocks up
The FTSE 100 index at 8.45am was up 59.42 at 6127.18.
8.29am update: FTSE update
The FTSE 100 index at 8.15am was up 48.76 at 6116.52.
8.23am update: British midcap hit high
British midcaps hit an 11-week high on Wednesday as hopes of an economic recovery with the easing of coronavirus lockdowns offset concerns about growing political unrest in Hong Kong over Beijing’s proposed national security laws.
The domestically focussed FTSE 250 gained 1.2 percent, rising for an eighth straight session as thousands of retailers prepared to reopen from June 1 from a months-long shutdown that has crushed the UK economy.
The blue-chip FTSE 100 added 0.5 percent, with financials, energy and industrial stocks providing the biggest boosts in early trading.
Doorstep lender Provident Financial Plc jumped 5.5 percent as it flagged signs of a modest recovery in May after tighter underwriting rules led to a drop in business volumes in April.
Asset manager St James’s Place rose 3.2 percent and was among the biggest gainers on the FTSE 100 after reporting a modest 1 percent gain in April net inflows.
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8.01am update: FTSE 100 opens
The FTSE 100 index opened at 6067.76.
7.58am update: FTSE update
The FTSE-100 index at 7:44am was unchanged at 6067.76.
7.53am update: Japan eyes new stimulus package
Japan will compile a new $ 1.1 trillion stimulus package that includes significant direct spending, to stop the coronavirus pandemic pushing the world’s third-largest economy deeper into recession, a budget draft seen by Reuters showed on Wednesday.
The 117 trillion yen stimulus, which will be funded partly by a second extra budget, will be on top of another 117 trillion package already rolled out last month.
The new package puts the total amount Japan spends to combat the virus fallout at 234 trillion yen ($ 2.18 trillion)- roughly 40 percent of Japan’s gross domestic product.
7.40am update: FTSE futures update
FTSE futures are up 0.5 percent.
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7.33am update: EU shares set for rise
European stocks are expected to rise with pan-European Euro Stoxx 50 futures up 0.3 percent. German DAX futures rose 0.5 percent.
7.05am update: Dollar edges higher
The dollar edged higher on Wednesday as worries about the US response to China’s proposed security law and renewed protests in Hong Kong supported safe-haven demand for the greenback.
The dollar edged up to $ 1.2320 against the pound on Wednesday, pulling away from its lowest level in two weeks.
The dollar rose to $ 1.0958 per euro, also pulling away from a one-week low.
The dollar remained locked in a narrow range at 107.53 yen , but the yen rose against the euro and the antipodean currencies on increased safe-haven demand..
5.38am update: Japan eyes fresh $ 1.1 trillion stimulus to combat pandemic pain
Japan will compile a fresh stimulus package worth $ 1.1 trillion (893.15 billion pounds) that will include a sizable amount of direct spending to cushion the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic, a draft of the budget obtained by Reuters showed on Wednesday.
The stimulus, which will be funded partly by a second extra budget, will be on top of a $ 1.1 trillion package already rolled out last month, putting the total amount Japan spends to combat the virus fallout at 234 trillion yen – roughly 40 percent of Japan’s gross domestic product.
The government’s 117 trillion yen ($ 1.1 trillion) in fresh stimulus, to be compiled on Wednesday, will include 33 trillion yen in direct spending, the draft showed.
To fund the costs, Japan will issue an additional 31.9 trillion yen in government bonds under the second supplementary budget for the current fiscal year ending in March 2021, according to the draft.