• FTSE 100 up 0.1% to 6,843
• Gold up 1.0% to $1,273.45/oz
• £/$ – 1.6929
The FTSE 100 edged slightly higher in yesterday’s trading to close at 6,843.
Energy giant BG Group led the index higher, adding 2.5%, while mining stock Randgold Resources followed with a gain of 1.9%.
Overall however, mining stocks were the worst performers. Anglo American fell 3.2%, Rio Tinto was 3.1% lower and Antofagasta fell 2.6%.
In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 fell just one point to 4,554, and the German Xetra Dax was 11 points lower at 9,939.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.7% to 16,734, as did the S&P 500 to 1,930, and the Nasdaq Composite was 0.8% lower at 4,298.
Overnight in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.8% to 15,098, and the broader Topix index gained 0.5% to 1,244. And in China, the Shanghai Composite added 0.9% to 2,071, and the CSI 300 rose 1.1% to 2,176.
In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6983 and against the euro at 1.2510. The dollar was trading at 0.7365 against the euro and 101.83 against the Japanese yen.
And in the UK, budget women’s fashion retailer Bonmarché has reported a 66% rise in profits before tax for the year to the end of March. Like-for-like sales rose over 10%, and revenues were 12% higher at £164m.