• FTSE 100 up 1.5% to 6,337
• Gold down 1.39% to $1,287.60/oz
• £/$ – 1.5968
The FTSE 100 saw bounced back yesterday, climbing 1.5% to close at 6,337.
Housebuilder Persimmon, boosted by the government’s Help to Buy scheme, was the day’s best performer, up 5.7%. Engineering group GKN added 4.4%, and insurer Legal & General gained 4.3%.
In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 rose 91 points to 4,218, and the German Xetra Dax was 169 points lower at 8,685
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 each jumped 2.2% to 15,126, and 1,692 respectively, and the Nasdaq Composite gained 2.3% to 3,760.
Overnight in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 1.5% to 14,404, and the broader Topix index added 1.6% to 1,197. And in China, the Shanghai Composite rose 1.7% to 2,228, and the CSI 300 was 1.6% higher at 2 ,468.
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In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.5987 and against the euro at 1.1799. The dollar was trading at 0.7380 against the euro and 98.31 against the Japanese yen.
And in the UK, house prices hit a record high in September, according to the latest figures from Acadametrics /LSL . Prices rose by 0.5% in September, and by 3.8% over the last year, to an average of £235,534. Prices in London are rising twice as fast as any other region in England and Wales.