Global markets roundup, 12 December

• FTSE 100 down 0.2% to 6,507
• Gold down 0.79% to $1,252.25/oz
• £/$ – 1.6374

The FTSE 100 slipped back further yesterday, falling 0.2% to close at 6,507.

Financial stocks were among the biggest fallers. RBS lost 2.9%, while Barclays fell 1.5% and Lloyds was 1% lower1.3%. The day’s biggest faller was packaging group Mondi, which lost 3.5%.

In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 fell five points to 4,086, and the German Xetra Dax lost 37 points to 9,077.

In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.8% to 15,843, the S&P 500 lost 1.1% to 1,782, and the Nasdaq Composite was 1.4% lower at 4,003.

Overnight in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 slid 1.1% to 15,341, and the broader Topix fell 0.7% to 1,242. And in China, the Shanghai Composite and the CSI 300 each lost 0.1% to 2,202 and 2,410 respectively.

Brent spot was trading at $109.85 early today, and in New York, crude oil was at $97.50. Spot gold was trading at $1,253 an ounce, silver was at $20.25 and platinum was at $1,381.

In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6405 and against the euro at 1.1901. The dollar was trading at 0.7255 against the euro and 102.89 against the Japanese yen.

And American authorities have fined the Royal Bank of Scotland $100m for breaking US sanctions. The bank admitted processing over 3,500 transactions totaling $523m from countries including Cuba, Iran, Burma and Sudan through banks in the US.

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