Global markets roundup, 19 May

• FTSE 100 up 0.2% to 6,855

• Gold down 0.21% to $1,293.46/oz

• £/$ – 1.6790

The FTSE 100 ended the week on a positive note on Friday, climbing 0.2% to close at 6,855.

Supermarkets were the best performers of the day. Sainsbury’s topped the index with a 4.5% rise, while Morrisons added 3.8% and Tesco rose 2.6%.

In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 rose 12 points to 4,456, and the German Xetra Dax lost 27 points to 9,629.

In the US on Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.3% to 16,491, the S&P 500 added 0.4% to 1,877, and the Nasdaq Composite was 0.5% higher at 4,090.

Overnight in Japan, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.6% to 14,006 and the broader Topix lost 0.8% to 1,150. And in China, the Shanghai Composite fell 1.1% to 2,005, and the CSI 300 slid 1.4% to 2,115.

Brent spot was trading at $110.20 early today, and in New York, crude oil was at $102.64. Spot gold was trading at $1,300 an ounce, silver was at $19.50 and platinum was at $1,473.

In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6818 and against the euro at 1.2262. The dollar was trading at 0.7291 against the euro and 101.38 against the Japanese yen.

And today, AstraZeneca rejected a ‘final’ takeover offer from Pfizer. The US company increased its offer to £69bn, and said it would walk away if it wasn’t accepted.

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