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Market Cap £99.32bn
Enterprise Value £103.19bn
Revenue £31.65bn
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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks retreat from record highs as big tech slides; yields slip

Wed 17th February, 2021 8:15pm
* 10-year U.S. Treasury yields reach 1.33% before reversing course * MSCI world index falls 0.4% * Bitcoin climbs above $52,000 * Brent crude prices at 13-month high (Updates with reaction to release of Fed minutes) By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed NEW YORK, Feb 17 (Reuters) - A gauge of global equity markets pulled back on Wednesday from the record high hit in the previous session as investors sold technology-related companies and the prospect of rising inflation tempered optimism around a vaccine-led global economic recovery. Benchmark 10-year Treasury yields reached a one-year high to trade near pre-pandemic levels, before reversing course even as data pointed to a strengthening economy. The U.S. dollar gained ground against a basket of major currencies. Data on Wednesday showed U.S. retail sales rebounded sharply in January after households received additional pandemic relief money from the government, suggesting a pick-up in economic activity after the restraints imposed by a fresh wave of COVID-19 infections late last year. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N2KM1PY Other data showed inflation pressures building up at the factory gate, with producer prices posting their biggest gain since 2009 in January. Facing a still-scarred economy that may need an extended time to recover fully, Federal Reserve officials last month debated how to lay the groundwork for the public to accept coming higher inflation, and also the need to "stay vigilant" for signs of stress in buoyant asset markets, according to minutes of the U.S. central bank's Jan. 26-27 policy meeting. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nW1N2KG00A The Fed has pledged to pin interest rates near zero until inflation rises to 2% and looks set to exceed that goal. That super-easy stance, coupled with the Biden administration's proposed $1.9 trillion spending bill for pandemic relief, has left some investors fretting over a coming surge in inflation. The MSCI's global stock index .MIWD00000PUS was down 0.42% at 682.18. The index touched a record intra-day high of 687.26 on Tuesday, before erasing gains to snap an 11-day winning streak. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N2KM1PY On Wall Street, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq fell on Wednesday as concerns about inflation pressured stocks and as investors rotated out of technology shares. "The sky-rocketing move in yields is triggering some investors to take off some of their most profitable frothy trades," Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA in New York, said in a note. The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 67.11 points, or 0.21%, to 31,589.86, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 7.42 points, or 0.19%, to 3,925.17 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 113.81 points, or 0.81%, to 13,933.69. European shares retreated from near one-year highs as concerns about a possible rise in inflation tempered optimism about a vaccine-led global economic recovery, while Kering tumbled after sales at its Gucci brand fell more than expected. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N2KN1WY The pan-European STOXX 600 index .STOXX closed down 0.74%. The U.S. dollar rose, helped by upbeat economic data. The dollar index =USD climbed 0.26% to reach a more than 1-week high. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N2KN1EI Bitcoin charged to a record high on Wednesday, a day after the cryptocurrency vaulted the $50,000 hurdle, even as analysts warned about the sustainability of such prices amid elevated volatility. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N2KN49U Oil prices rose, underpinned by a major supply disruption in the southern United States this week where a winter storm pounded Texas. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N2KN06U Brent crude futures LCOc1 settled at $64.34 a barrel, up 99 cents or 1.56%, while U.S. crude oil futures CLc1 settled at $61.14 a barrel, up $1.09, or 1.82%. Spot gold XAU= was down 1.26% at $1,771.78 an ounce. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N2KM1V5 <^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Global assets http://tmsnrt.rs/2jvdmXl Global currencies vs. dollar http://tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh MSCI All Country World Index Market Cap http://tmsnrt.rs/2EmTD6j Crawling back https://tmsnrt.rs/2LYM8Il ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^> (Reporting by Saqib Iqbal Ahmed Editing by Nick Zieminski) ((saqib.ahmed@thomsonreuters.com; @SaqibReports; +1 646 223 6054; Reuters Messaging: saqib.ahmed.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net)) ((To read Reuters Markets and Finance news, click on https://www.reuters.com/finance/markets))
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