Global markets report, 21 January

• FTSE 100 up 0.1% at 6,836

• Gold up 0.05% to $1,254.66/oz

• £/$ – 1.6429

The FTSE 100 edged slightly higher yesterday, adding 0.1% to close at 6,836.

Precious metals miners were the day’s best performers – Fresnillo rose 6.1%, and Randgold added 5.8%. At the other end of the table, banks were out of favour. Barclays was the biggest faller of the day, down 2%, and RBS was 1.3% lower.

In Europe yesterday, the Paris CAC 40 slipped five points to 4,322, and the German Xetra Dax fell 27 points to 9,715.

In the US, markets were closed for a public holiday.

In Asia, the Nikkei 225 rose 1% to 15,795, and the broader Topix index gained 0.2% to 1,295. And in China, the Shanghai Composite rose 0.9% to 2,101, and the CSI 300 added 1% to 2,187.

Brent spot was trading at $106.90 early today, and in New York, crude oil was at $94.18. Spot gold was trading at $1,249 an ounce, silver was at $20.00 and platinum was at $1,452.

In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6423 and against the euro at 1.2132. The dollar was trading at 0.7387 against the euro and 104.70 against the Japanese yen.

And today, consumer products group Unilever reported a rise in profits in the last quarter, driven by healthy growth in emerging markets. Pre-tax profit rose by 9% to €7.1bn (£5.9bn). Emerging market sales, which account for 57% of the business, rose by 8.4%.

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