• FTSE 100 down 0.1% at 6,583
• Gold up 0.36% to $1,326.39/oz
• £/$ – 1.5876
The FTSE 100 rallied on Friday afternoon but couldn’t manage to finish the day in positive territory. The index closed down 0.1% at 6,583.
Mining stocks suffered as metals prices slipped. Anglo American was the day’s worst performer with a fall of 3.2%, while elsewhere in the sector BHP Billiton, Vedanta and Antofagasta lost between 2% and 1.7%.
In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 rose eight points to 4,114, and the German Xetra Dax was 15 points higher at 8,509.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.5% to 15,376, the S&P 500 gained 0.3% to 1,687, and the Nasdaq Composite added 0.2% to 3,722.
In Japan, markets were closed for a public holiday. And in China, the Shanghai Composite fell 0.2% to 2,231, and the CSI 300 was 0.4% lower at 2,478.
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In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.5943 and against the euro at 1.1933. The dollar was trading at 0.7484 against the euro and 98.84 against the Japanese yen.
And in the UK, asking prices for properties fell by 1.5 % in September, according to Rightmove. However, the company believes that for 2013 as a whole, asking prices will be up by 6%, compared with the 4% rise it forecast in July, and the 2% it forecast at the beginning of the year.
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