• FTSE 100 up 0.2% to 6,780
• Gold down 0.34% to $1,291.55/oz
• £/$ – 1.6873
The FTSE 100 built on Tuesday’s strong performance yesterday, rising a further 0.2% to close at 6,780.
Housebuilder Barratt Developments was the day’s highest climber with a 5.2% rise. Other top performers included Royal Dutch Shell, up 3.7% after earnings beat expectations; and Shire, which added 3.5%.
In Europe on Thursday, the Paris CAC 40 slipped ten points to 4,487, and the German Xetra Dax rose 19 points to 9,603.
In the US yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 each rose 0.3% to 16,580 and 1,883 respectively. The Nasdaq Composite also gained 0.3% to close at 4,114.
Overnight in Japan, the Nikkei 225 added 1.3% to 14,485, and the wide Topix index gained 1.7% to 1,182. China’s markets were closed for a public holiday.
In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6881 and against the euro at 1.2155. The dollar was trading at 0.7201 against the euro and 102.18 against the Japanese yen.
And in the UK, house prices rose by 1.2% in April and are up 10.9% in the last 12 months, according to the latest figures from Nationwide. It is the biggest yearly increase since June 2007. The average price of a house now stands at £183,577.