• FTSE 100 up 0.7% to 6,622
• Gold down 0.31% to $1,316.25/oz
• £/$ – 1.6167
The FTSE 100 ended the week on a positive note on Friday, rising 0.7% to close at a one-month high of 6,622.
Insurer Prudential was the day’s highest climber, up 4.1%, while at the other end of the table, William Hill lost 3.2%.
In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 rose 47 points to 4,286, and the German Xetra Dax gained 54 points to 8,865.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.2% to 15,399, the S&P 500 gained 0.7% to 1,744, and the Nasdaq Composite was 1.3% higher at 3,914.
Overnight in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 added 0.9% to 14,693, and the broader Topix index rose 0.6% to 1,212. And in China, the Shanghai Composite jumped 2.7% to 2,229, and the CSI 300 added 1.9% to 2,471.
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In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6179 and against the euro at 1.1832. The dollar was trading at 0.7313 against the euro and 98.03 against the Japanese yen.
And in the UK, the government has signed a £16bn deal with French energy firm EDF to build two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset. Chinese firms CGN and CNNC will take a 30-40% stake in the project.