Global markets report, 2 January

• FTSE 100 up 0.3% to 6,749

• Gold down 0.39% to $1,200.90/oz

• £/$ – 1.6566

The FTSE 100 ended the year on a positive note on Tuesday, adding 0.3% to close at 6,749.

Aberdeen Asset Management led the index up with a rise of 3.1%. Property stocks were in demand, too. Land Securities rose 1.9%, British Land gained 1.4% and Hammerson added 1.3%.

In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 rose 20 points to 4,295, and the German Xetra Dax fell 37 points to 9,552.

In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500  each rose 0.4% to 16,576 and 1,848 respectively, and the Nasdaq Composite was 0.5% higher at 4,176.

In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.7% to 16,291, and the broader Topix added 1% to 1,302. And in China, the Shanghai Composite fell 0.3% to 2,109, slipped 0.4% to 2,321.

Brent spot was trading at $111.29 early today, and in New York, crude oil was at $98.88. Spot gold was trading at $1,222 an ounce, silver was at $20.00 and platinum was at $1,388.

In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6575 and against the euro at 1.2072. The dollar was trading at 0.7283 against the euro and 105.32 against the Japanese yen.

And in the UK, Simon Herrick, chief finance officer of Debenhams, has resigned with immediate effect. The department store issued a profit warning earlier this week after Christmas sales failed to meet expectations.

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