Global markets roundup, 2 December

• FTSE 100 down 0.1%to 6,650
• Gold up 0.75% to $1,253.49/oz
• £/$ – 1.6368

The FTSE 100 ended the day little changed on Friday, slipping just 0.1% to close at 6,650.

Barclays was the day’s top performer, up 2.3%. Lloyds added 0.7% and Standard Chartered was 0.4% higher. But HSBC was flat and RBS was one of the biggest fallers of the day with a 1.7% drop.

In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 fell seven points to 4,295, and the German Xetra Dax added 18 points to 9,405.

In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 each slipped 0.1% to 16,086 and 1,805 respectively, while the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.4% to 4,059.

Overnight in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell six points to 15,655, and the broader Topix index was flat at 1,258. And in China, the Shanghai Composite slid 0.6% to 2,207and the CSI 300 was 0.8% lower at 2,418.

Brent spot was trading at $110.26 early today, and in New York, crude oil was at $93.15. Spot gold was trading at $1,243 an ounce, silver was at $19.75 and platinum was at $1,358.

In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6404 and against the euro at 1.2074. The dollar was trading at 0.7360 against the euro and 102.66 against the Japanese yen.

And in the UK, house prices rose by 0.5% in October, and are 3.8% higher than a year ago, according to the latest figures from Hometrack. London and the Southeast again recorded the biggest rises, climbing 0.7% in the last month. But prices rose in every region for the first time since April 2007.

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