Global markets roundup, 19 June

• FTSE 100 up 0.2% to 6,778

• Gold up 0.55% to $1,277.68/oz

• £/$ – 1.6994

The FTSE 100 edged up again yesterday, climbing 0.2% to close at 6,778.

Pharmaceuticals group Shire was once again the day’s highest climber, adding 3.4% on more takeover speculation. Oil stocks were also in demand, with Royal Dutch Shell up 1.8%, BP 1.6% higher and BG Group added 0.6%.

In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 slipped six points to 4,530, and the German Xetra Dax gained ten points to 9,930.

In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.6% to 16,906, the S&P 500 added 0.8% to 1,956, and the Nasdaq Composite was 0.6% higher at 4,362.

Overnight in Japan, the Nikkei 225 and the broader Topix each added 1.6% to 15,361 and 1,269 respectively. And in China, the Shanghai Composite slid 1.6% to 2,023, and the CSI 300 lost 1.5% to 2,126.

Brent spot was trading at $114.60 early today, and in New York, crude oil was at $106.49. Spot gold was trading at $1,281 an ounce, silver was at $19.86 and platinum was at $1,456.

In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.7009 and against the euro at 1.2494. The dollar was trading at 0.7345 against the euro and 101.80 against the Japanese yen.

And today, fast food chain McDonalds says it is to recruit 8,000 new staff over the next three years, with a focus on employing those under 25. The company already employs 94,600 staff in 1,200 sites across the country.

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