• FTSE 100 up 0.6% to 6,695
• Gold up 1.8% to $1,340.15/oz
• £/$ – 1.6236
Disappointing jobs data from the US spurred the FTSE 100 higher yesterday, due to hopes that more money-printing will be forthcoming.
Pharmaceutical giant Reckitt Benckiser was the day’s highest climber, up 5.2%. It was followed by miners BHP Billiton and Randgold Resources up 4.1% and 4.0% respectively, while Fresnillo added 2.9%.
In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 rose 19 points to 4,295, and the German Xetra Dax gained 80 points to 8,947.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.5% to 15,467, the S&P 500 rose 0.6% to 1,754, and the Nasdaq Composite was 0.2% higher at 3,929.
Overnight in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 2.0% to 14,426, and the broader Topix index lost 1.5% to 1,195. And in China, the Shanghai Composite fell 1.3% to 2,183, and the CSI 300 slid 1.1% to 2,418.
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In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6161 and against the euro at 1.1748. The dollar was trading at 0.7269 against the euro and 97.33 against the Japanese yen.
And in the UK, ASOS reported a 23% rise in full-year profits, due to increased sales in Britain and abroad. Pre-tax profits came in at £54.7m, up from £44.5m last year. The online fashion retailer announced it would invest £110m back into the business over the next two years.