The Russian stock market, which started trading with a decrease in indices, remained under pressure from sellers amid a rollback of global markets and ongoing geopolitical and sanctions risks around Russia. As a result, the market ended the trades with multidirectional movement of indices. The Moscow Exchange index by 18:50 Moscow time decreased by 3.74% and amounted to 2297.89 points. The RTS index by 18:50 Moscow time rose by 1.43% – up to 1140.05 points. In Asia, stock indexes declined on Thursday (Japanese Nikkei 225 sank 1.8%, China’s Shanghai Composite – 0.1%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 2.2%). In the “minus” traded stock Europe (indices DAX, FTSE, CAC 40 lost 1.9-2.2%). UK GDP in the 1st quarter rose by 0.8% compared with the previous three months, according to preliminary data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Analysts on average expected a 1% increase, according to Trading Economics. US stock indexes opened the second trading session lower in a row amid investor anxiety due to inflation. Source: FINMARKET.RU

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