• FTSE 100 down 0.4% at 6,596
• Gold down 2.95% to $1,326.05/oz
• £/$ – 1.6006
The FTSE 100 fell back at the end of last week, slipping 0.4% to close at 6,596.
Miners were firmly out of favour as metals prices fell. Polymetal was the day’s worst performer, down 5.2%, while Vedanta lost 4.4% and Antofagasta, Randgold and Fresnillo fell between 3.9% and 3.4%.
In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 fell three points to 4,203, and the German Xetra Dax was 19 points lower at 8,675.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1.2% to 15,451, the S&P 500 fell 0.7% to 1,709, and the Nasdaq Composite was 0.4% lower at 3,774.
Japan’s markets were closed for a public holiday. And in China, the Shanghai Composite gained 1.3% to 2,221, and the CSI 300 rose 1.6% to 2,472.
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In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6044 and against the euro at 1.1862. The dollar was trading at 0.7393 against the euro and 98.91 against the Japanese yen.
And in the UK, house prices rose by 3.3% last year, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). There were wide regional variations, however. Prices rose by 9.7% in London, but fell by 2% in Scotland. Prices in England as a whole are at a record high, 0.9% higher than in January 2008.