Global markets roundup, 2 April

• FTSE 100 up 0.8% to 6,652

• Gold down 0.39% to $1,278.95/oz

• £/$ – 1.6630

The FTSE 100 bounced back yesterday, rising 0.8% to close at 6,652.

Aberdeen Asset Management was the day’s best performer, up 6.7%. Insurers were also in demand. Prudential added 3.8%, Legal & General rose 3.4% and Aviva was 3.2% higher.

In Europe yesterday, the Paris CAC 40 rose 35 points to 4,426, and the German Xetra Dax gained 48 points to 9,603.

In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.5% to 16,532, the S&P 500 added 0.7% to 1,885, and the Nasdaq Composite was 1.6% higher at 4,268.

Overnight in Japan, the Nikkei 225 rose 1% to 14,946, and the broader Topix gained 0.6% to 1,211. And in China, the Shanghai Composite rose 0.6% to 2,058, and the CSI 300 added 0.8% to 2,180.

Brent spot was trading at $105.62 early today, and in New York, crude oil was at $99.61. Spot gold was trading at $1,284 an ounce, silver was at $19.80 and platinum was at $1,423.

In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6635 and against the euro at 1.2051. The dollar was trading at 0.7244 against the euro and 103.83 against the Japanese yen.

And in the UK, property prices continue their rise. Prices rose 0.4% in March, according to the Nationwide, and are up 9.2% year on year. The gap between London and the rest of the country grew wider, however, with London prices up by 18.2%.

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