Financial markets rise ahead of US election

They warned that other scenarios could lead to a “short sell-off”, including if Mr Biden wins and Republicans maintain control the Senate or if Mr Trump wins and the balance of power in Congress remains unchanged. But shares are likely to recover, as such a gridlock might mean a more stable policy environment, they added.

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