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Thanks for joining us. Earlier in the week, we had figures showing that house prices rose for the first time in six months, a sign of renewed confidence in the property market.

Rightmove said the average price of a property listed on its website was up 0.1pc compared to the same month last year, the first annual increase since July.

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What happened overnight

Stocks in Asia were mostly higher after Chinese markets reopened on Monday from a long Lunar New Year holiday.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.9pc to 16,192.24 amid heavy selling of technology and property stocks, even as Chinese state banks announced plans for billions of dollars in loans for property projects.

Major developer Country Garden fell 5.6 percent and Sino-Ocean Group Holding fell 6.5 percent. China Vanke lost 4.6 percent.

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The Shanghai Composite rose 0.8 percent to 2,889.32.

Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei index was flat as Nintendo shares fell on reports that its next console would be delayed.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell 16.86 points to 38,470.38, while the broader TOPICS index rose 0.57 percent, or 14.96 points, to 2,639.69.

Shares of Nintendo fell 5.1 percent following unconfirmed reports that a successor to the Switch console would not be delivered within the year.

Goldman Sachs has said it expects the U.S. stock market rally to rise further. In a note to clients, analysts forecast the S&P 500 to reach 5,200 by the end of 2024.

That would mark a 3.9pc rise at Friday's close, after falling 0.5pc following a new record on Thursday.

A rise in the US producer price index on Friday prompted a small rise in Treasury yields, which rose seven basis points to 4.65pc.

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