Thanks for joining me. House prices rose in October, breaking a cycle of six consecutive monthly falls, according to mortgage lender Halifax.
It said homes were worth 1.1pc more than in September, raising the average price of a UK property by around £3,000 to £281,974.
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What happened overnight
WeWork, the SoftBank-backed start-up, has filed for bankruptcy.
The firm reported liabilities of up to $50bn, according to a bankruptcy filing in a New Jersey court. The filing gives WeWork some legal protection from creditors as it negotiates more favourable leases with landlords.
WeWork shares have fallen about 98.5pc so far this year and on Monday night were trading at just $0.84, down from $88.80 in February.
Meanwhile, shares mostly fell in Asia after a mixed close on Wall Street, where wild recent moves calmed a bit at the beginning of a quiet week for data releases.
Benchmarks dropped more than 1pc in Hong Kong and Tokyo. South Korea’s Kospi gave up 2.7pc of its big gains from a day earlier.
Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 declined 1.3pc to 32,271.82 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong dropped 1.4pc to 17,710.68. The Shanghai Composite index slipped 0.1pc to 3,055.74.
Stocks markets in America failed to gain much traction on Monday as bond yields rose.
The Dow Jones closed up a mere 0.1pc at 32909.6, while the S&P 500 rose 0.18pc to end at 4,365.98. The Nasdaq rose 0.3pc to finish at 13,518.78.
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This notice was published: 2023-11-07 07:08:16