Pound hits 31-month high as Conservatives hold election lead – business live

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as the Conservative party extends its lead over Labour to 14 points

9.56am GMT

Just in: Eurozone economic confidence has jumped unexpectedly, in an encouraging signal for the European economy.

The monthly gauge of investor morale, from the Sentix research group, rallied to +0.7 from -4.5% last month.

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9.39am GMT

Some stocks could rally if the Conservatives win Thursday’s election, given Labour’s commitment to nationalise parts of the utilities sector.

But Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell, says Brexit uncertainty could still hold the market back:

The pound nudged ahead to $1.3162 as the latest polls showed the Conservative Party extending its lead ahead of the General Election later this week.

“The key question for investors is by how much UK shares could bounce on a Tory majority win. This scenario would remove various negative factors which have been weighing on markets such as Labour renationalising transport companies. Yet there is still Brexit to tackle which sustains some level of uncertainty among investors.”

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