Global markets roundup, 23 December

• FTSE 100 up 0.3% to 6,606

• Gold up 1.23% to $1,203.30/oz

• £/$ – 1.6336

The FTSE 100 rose to its highest in three weeks on Friday, closing up 0.3% at 6,606.

Miner Vedanta was the day’s highest climber, up 5.1%. Cruise operator Carnival was also in demand, adding to Thursday’s strong performance with a 3.3% rise. Worst performer of the day was BAE Systems, down 4.5%.

In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 rose 39 points to 4,193, and the German Xetra Dax added 65 points to 9,400.

In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.3% to 16,221, the S&P 500 slipped 0.1% to 1,818, and the Nasdaq Composite was 1.2% higher at 4,104.

Overnight in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.1% to 15,870, and the broader Topix was flat at 1,261. And in China, the Shanghai Composite rose 0.2% to 2,089, and the CSI 300 was 0.3% higher at 2,284.

Brent spot was trading at $111.76 early today, and in New York, crude oil was at $99.00. Spot gold was trading at $1,204 an ounce, silver was at $19.41 and platinum was at $1,334.

In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6363 and against the euro at 1.1964. The dollar was trading at 0.7312 against the euro and 103.99 against the Japanese yen.

And in the UK, retail bellwether John Lewis reported record sales in the week leading up to Christmas. The chain took £164.4m in the week to the end of Saturday, up 4.2% on last year. Online sales grew by 31.%.

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