• FTSE 100 up 0.1% to 6,559
• Gold up 0.92% to $1,240.41/oz
• £/$ – 1.6430
The FTSE 100 nudged higher yesterday, adding 0.1% to close at 6,559.
International Consolidated Airlines was the day’s highest climber with a 2.4% rise. TUI Travel was also in demand, adding 1.6%.
In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 rose five points to 4,134, and the German Xetra Dax added 23 points to 9,195.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose five points to 16,025, and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite each added 0.2% to 1,808 and 4,068 respectively.
Overnight in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 0.3% to 15,611, and the broader Topix index rose 0.1% to 1,256. And in China, the Shanghai Composite fell0.7% to 2,237, and the CSI 300 rose 0.1% to 2,453.
at $109.70 early today, and in New York, crude oil was at $97.74. Spot gold was trading at $1,244 an ounce, silver was at $19.93 and platinum was at $1,378.
In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6433 and against the euro at 1.1949. The dollar was trading at 0.7271 against the euro and 103.15 against the Japanese yen.
And today, Whitbread, owner of the Premier Inn and Costa Coffee chains, announced reported a healthy rise in sales for the third quarter. Like-for-like sales rose by 4.3% in the 13 weeks to 28 November, with total sales up by 13.8%,
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