Global markets roundup, 15 April

• FTSE 100 up 0.3% to 6,584
• Gold up 0.7% to $1,327.99/oz
• £/$ – 1.6729

The FTSE 100 clawed back some recent losses yesterday to finish 22 points higher at 6,584.

Supermarkets bounced back. Sainsbury’s led the way with a gain of 5.5%, while Tesco and Morrisons finished 3.0% and 1.3% higher.

And miners also performed strongly. Randgold Resources reported a gain of 3.6%, Fresnillo 2.6% and Rio Tinto 2.3%.

In Europe on Monday, the Paris CAC 40 rose 19 points to 4,385, and the German Xetra Dax gained 24 points to 9,339.

In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.9% to 16,173, the S&P 500 rose 0.8% to 1,831, and the Nasdaq Composite was 0.6% higher at 4,023.

Overnight in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.6% to 13,997, and the broader Topix index gained 0.3% to 1,136. And in China, the Shanghai Composite fell 1.4% to 2,102, and the CSI 300 slid 1.7% to 2,229.

Brent spot was trading at $108.73 early today, and in New York, crude oil was at $103.33. Spot gold was trading at $1,310 an ounce, silver was at $19.72 and platinum was at $1,445.

In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6697 and against the euro at 1.2099. The dollar was trading at 0.7246 against the euro and 101.79 against the Japanese yen.

And in the UK, profits at Debenhams have fallen 25% in the first half of the year, despite a rise in revenues. Pre-tax profits at the chain of department stores came in at £85.2m for the 26 weeks to 1 March.

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