• FTSE 100 up 0.2% to 6,749
• Gold down 0.62% to $1,311.10/oz
• £/$ – 1.7088
The FTSE 100 ended Friday in positive territory, adding 0.2% to close at 6,749.
Shire was the day’s top performer, up 4% after announcing a £32bn takeover deal by US drugmaker AbbVie. ITV was also in demand, up 3.8%.
In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 rose 19 points to 4,335 and the German Xetra Dax lost 33 points to 9,720.
In the US on Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.7% to 17,100, the S&P 500 added 1% to 1,978, and the Nasdaq Composite was 1.6% higher at 4,432.
Japan’s markets were closed for a public holiday. And in China, the Shanghai Composite fell 0.2% to 2,054, and the CSI 300 added 0.1% to 2,166.
In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.7074 and against the euro at 1.2628. The dollar was trading at 0.7396 against the euro and 101.25 against the Japanese yen.
And in the UK, asking prices for properties fell by 0.8% in June, according to Rightmove, the first fall this year. The biggest falls were in the north and the East Midlands, down 1.9% each, while asking prices in London fell by 0.4%.